Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 1
From Henry IV, Part I. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark and Maynard.
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3. Such attribution, such an ascription of worth.
6. Defy, abjure.
7. Soothers, flatterers.
32. That his friends, etc. That his friends could not so soon
be raised by means of a deputy.
45. His present want, his not being with us now. Our want
50. Therein should we read, etc. In the assemblage of all our
powers at once we should see the utmost depth and the entire soul of the resources we have to depend on.
52. List, circumscribing limit.
58. A comfort of retirement, the comfort of having something to fail back upon.
61. The maidenhead, the young beginning.
63. Hair, character.
70. Question, misgiving.
71. Offering, aggressive.
88. This term of fear. Douglas here refers to the conclusion
of Worcester's last speech.
99. Nimble-footed. Stowe says, "He was passing swift in
running, insomuch that he, with two other of his lords,
without hounds, bows, or other engine, would take a wild
buck or doe in a large park.
103. Estridges, etc. Ostriches that strove with, or strove to
outstrip, the wind.
109. Beaver. The word here seems to denote, not the part
of the helmet usually so called, but the helmet itself.
110. Cuisses, defensive armor for the thighs. Fr. cuisse, the
123. Reprisal, object of seizure.
135. Battle, army.
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. King Henry IV, Part 1. Ed. Brainerd Kellogg. New York: Clark and Maynard, 1885. Shakespeare Online. 20 Feb. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/1kh4_4_1.html >.