Explanatory notes for Act 4, Scene 2
From The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Ed. Israel Gollancz. New York: University Society.
12. sudden quips:- Quips, meaning bitter retorts, or sharp sarcasms, thus occurs in Much Ado About Nothing, II. iii. 241-243: "Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of the brain
awe a man from the career of his humour?"
75. out of all nick:- That is, beyond all reckoning. Accounts
were formerly kept by cutting nicks or notches in a tally-stick.
Thus in A Woman Never Vexed, 1532: " I have carried these
tallies at my girdle seven years together; for I did ever love to
deal honestly in the nick." The time is not very remote when
such tallies were finally disused in the English Exchequer; being
laid aside, no doubt, because the accounts grew to be out of all
83. Saint Gregory's well:- This was probably one of the "holy
wells" to which popular belief attributed supernatural virtues,
and which were visited something as our fashionable watering-places are, but usually, no doubt, with different feelings. The
town in which is Saint Winifred's well, in North Wales, is called Holywell. The well is still inclosed by the Gothic temple erected
by the mother of Henry VII.
136. halidom:- Nares says that this word is properly derived from holy and dom, like kingdom, making the oath mean something like by my faith. Some complete it thus: "By my faith as a Christian."
141. most heaviest: - The double superlative, as well as the
double comparative, was often used in Shakespeare's time.
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Ed. Israel Gollancz. New York: University Society, 1901. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/two_4_2.html >.