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face-royal — “He may keep it still at a,” 2 HENRY IV., i. 2. 23. “That is, a face exempt from the touch of vulgar hands” (JOHNSON) . “Perhaps this quibbling allusion is to the English real, rial, or royal. The poet seems to mean that a barber can no more earn sixpence by his face-royal, than by the face stamped on the coin called a royal; the one requiring as little shaving as the other” (STEEVENS) . “If nothing be taken out of a royal, it will remain a royal as it was. This appears to me to be Falstaff's conceit. A royal was a piece of coin of the value of ten shillings” (MASON) . Seeroyal.

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