Explanatory Notes for Act 1, Scene 2
From Cymbeline. A.W. Verity. Cambridge, University Press.
The scene with its ironical "asides" of the Second Lord and somewhat thin banter resembles The Tempest, II. i. So again II. i.
8. passable, affording free passage through; with a quibble, perhaps, on pass in its fencing sense = 'a thrust at an adversary.'
11, 12. The metaphor of a debtor who slinks through back-streets to escape notice.
27, 28. go not together, are not equal -- on a par, as we say.
she's a good sign... wit. She has a "fair outward show," but lacks wit. "It should be remembered, that anciently almost every sign [of an inn] had a motto, or some attempt at a witticism, underneath it" --
Steevens. For the drift of the remark cf. I. 6. 15-18.
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