Philological Examination Questions on Hamlet
Question: Explain the meaning of "dearest foe." I. ii. 182.
Answer: Dear, in Shakespeare's time, was not restricted as now,
but was used to express intense feeling, whether of hatred or
love. Thus, in As You Like It, Shakespeare writes: "My
father hated his father dearly."
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