Explanatory Notes for Act 5, Scene 4
From King Richard III. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark & Maynard.
Abbreviations. ó 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.
7. Wright notes that in the old play of The True Tragedy of King Richard the Third almost the only line having anything in common with Shakespeare is Richard's exclamation, "A horse, a horse, a fresh horse."
9. Cast, a throw of the dice.
10. Hazard, the thing risked.
11. Be is often used for are when some notion of doubt is involved, as in questions, and after verbs of thinking.
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