vein (n.) Old form(s): vaine, veine
state of mind, motive, mood
AYL II.vii.95[Orlando to Duke Senior] You touched my vein at first
CE II.ii.20[Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse] I am glad to see you in this merry vein
CE IV.iv.78[Pinch to Adriana, of Dromio and Antipholus of Ephesus] The fellow finds his vein [i.e. understands his frame of mind]
LLL IV.iii.72[Berowne to himself, of Longaville's verse] This is the liver vein, which makes flesh a deity
R3 IV.ii.115[King Richard to Buckingham] I am not in the giving vein today
TC II.iii.198[Nestor to himself, of Ulysses and Ajax] he rubs the vein of him
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