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Philological Examination Questions on Hamlet

Question: What does Bernardo mean by calling Horatio and Marcellus "the rivals of my watch"?

Answer: The word rivals used here in its primary signification of partners, those who lived by the same rivus or stream, and who both had use of it for purposes of irrigation.
From contentions which perhaps arose between the partners, the word came to mean those who vie with each other in anything.

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Mertins, Emma. Shakespeare Examinations. Ed. William Taylor Thom, M. A. Boston: Ginn and Co., 1888. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.

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