From King Richard III. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard.
Abbreviations. — A.-S. = Anglo-Saxon: M.E. = Middle
English (from the 13th to the 15th century) ; Fr. = French ;
Ger. = German ; Gr. = Greek ; Cf. = compare (Lat. confer) ;
Abbott refers to the excellent Shakespearean Grammar of Dr.
Abbott; Schmidt, to Dr. Schmidt's invaluable Shakespeare Lexicon.
2. Determine of = decide about.
5. Wants. This is more probably intransitive than impersonal; = is wanting.
8. Inward, intimate.
25. Neglect, cause to be neglected.
27. Upon your cue. The last few words of a speech, by
which an actor knows when his part is coming, are called
his cue. Fr. queue, a tail.
33. The Bishop of Ely was John Morton, afterwards
Archbishop of Canterbury. Sir Thomas More, in early life,
was a member of his household, and no doubt learned from
his lips many of the incidents told in his Life of Richard III.
37. Marry and will = and so I will.
45. Prolong'd, put off.
59. Likelihood, sign from which any inference could be
60. Marry = indeed, to be sure. This exclamation is derived from the name of the Virgin Mary.
75. Consorted, allied, associated.
85. Fond, foolish.
87. My foot-cloth horse = my horse with its housings or
trappings. The foot-cloth was the name given to such trappings, or caparison, of a horse as hung down near the
ground and were used only by the nobility.
93. Triumphing = triumphant.
99. Shrift, last confession.
100. Momentary grace, favor lasting but for a moment.
102. Cf. our phrase to build castles in the air.
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. Richard III. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard, 1886. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/richardiii_3_4.html >.