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37 sleep the comic indolence of watch men was noted

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37 sleep The comic indolence of watch- men was noted in Thomas Dekker's Gull's Hornbook (1609): 'If you smell a watch, and that you may easily do, for commonly they eat onions to keep them in sleeping, which they account a medicine against cold' (Dekker, Hornbook, 63). 38 belongs to becomes, is appropriate for 39 ancient experienced 41 bills halberds, long wooden weapons with a pointed axe head on top stolen i.e. whilst you are napping 24 SD] this edn (RP) 11 SP] Bevingtotr; Watch 2 Qj FIRST WATCHMAN Oxf; A WATCHMAN 35 for for] for, for £ and to] and F 37, 44, 48, 53 SP] (Watch); Watch 2 / Rowe; SF.ACOAI. Folg 2 238
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Much Ado About Nothing 3.3.64 Well, you are to call at all the alehouses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed. WATCHMAN How if they will not? DOGBERRY Why then, let them alone till they are sober. If 45 they make you not then the better answer, you may say they are not the men you took them for. WATCHMAN Well, sir. DOGBERRY If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue of your office, to be no true man. And for such 50 kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them, why, the more is for your honesty. WATCHMAN If we know him to be a thief, shall we not lay hands on him? DOGBERRY Truly, by your office you may; but I think they 55 that touch pitch will be defiled. The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is to let him show himself what he is, and steal out of your company. VERGES You have been always called a merciful man, partner. 60 DOGBERRY Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him. VERGES If you hear a child cry in the night you must call to the nurse and bid her still it. 46 better more tractable howled thus, they would have hanged 47 for to be him.' 50 true honest 62 more i.e. less 51 meddle or make have to do; prover- 64 still quiet (ironic given that the bial (Dent, M852) Watch themselves are calling out); the 52 more is better it is expectation for quiet night-time hours 56 touch . . . defiled proverbial: 'He that is emphasized in The Statutes of the toucheth pitch shall be defiled' (Dent, Night (1595): '22. No man shall blow- PS 58, from Ecclesiastes, 13.1) any horn in the night, within this citie, 57-8 show . . . is reveal his true nature or whistle after the hour of nyne of 61 hang a dog Animals were sometimes the clock in the night, under paine subject to legal penalties; cf. 2.3.80-1: of imprisonment . . . 30. No man 'An he had been a dog that should have shall, after the houre of nyne at night, 42 those] them /•' 239
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3.3.65 Much Ado About Nothing WATCHMAN How if the nurse be asleep and will not hear 65 us? DOGBERRY Why then, depart in peace, and let the child wake her with crying; for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baas will never answer a calf when he bleats. 70 VERGES T i s very true. DOGBERRY This is the end of the charge. You, constable, are to present the prince's own person. If you meet the prince in the night you may stay him.
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