spleen (n.) Old form(s): Spleene
amusement, delight, merriment
LLL III.i.74[Armado to Costard] thou enforcest laughter; thy silly thought, my spleen
LLL V.ii.117[Boyet to Princess, of the King's party] in this spleen ridiculous appears, / To check their folly, passion's solemn tears
TC I.iii.178[Ulysses to all, reporting Achilles' words to Patroclus] I shall split all / In pleasure of my spleen
TN III.ii.64[Maria to Sir Toby and Fabian] If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourselves into stitches, follow me
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