Richard III

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Enter a Scriuener.Enter a Scrivener, with a paper in his handscrivener (n.)

old form: Scriuener
professional scribe, clerk, notary
Here is the Indictment of the good Lord Hastings,This is the indictment of the good Lord Hastings,indictment (n.)
legal document containing a charge
Which in a set Hand fairely is engross'd,Which in a set hand fairly is engrossedengross (v.)

old form: engross'd
write out in proper legal form
set (adj.)
formal, ceremonial, secretary
hand (n.)
fairly (adv.)

old form: fairely
neatly, elegantly, handsomely, beautifully
That it may be to day read o're in Paules.That it may be today read o'er in Paul's.Paul's (n.)
St Paul's Cathedral, London
And marke how well the sequell hangs together:And mark how well the sequel hangs together.mark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
sequel (n.)

old form: sequell
sequence, series, order of succession
Eleuen houres I haue spent to write it ouer,Eleven hours I have spent to write it over, R3
For yester-night by Catesby was it sent me,For yesternight by Catesby was it sent me;yesternight (n.)

old form: yester-night
last night
The Precedent was full as long a doing,The precedent was full as long a-doing;precedent (n.)
original text from which a copy is made
And yet within these fiue houres Hastings liu'd,And yet within these five hours Hastings lived, R3
Vntainted, vnexamin'd, free, at libertie.Untainted, unexamined, free, at liberty.untainted (adj.)

old form: Vntainted
unaccused, not denounced
Here's a good World the while. / Who is so grosse, Here's a good world the while! Who is so grossgross (adj.)

old form: grosse
dull, obtuse, ignorant
that cannot see this palpable deuice?That cannot see this palpable device?palpable (adj.)
evident, obvious, apparent
device (n.)

old form: deuice
excuse, evasion, subterfuge
Yet who so bold, but sayes he sees it not?Yet who's so bold but says he sees it not? R3
Bad is the World, and all will come to nought,Bad is the world, and all will come to naught R3
When such ill dealing must be seene in thought. When such ill dealing must be seen in thought.ill (adj.)
evil, wicked, immoral
Exit.Exit R3
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