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Florentius' “Love—Be she as foul as was,” THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, i. 2. 67. Be she as ugly as was, etc., “The allusion is to a story told by Gower in the First Book De Confessione Amantis. Florent is the name of a knight who had bound himself to marry a deformed hag, provided she taught him the solution of a riddle on which his life depended” (STEEVENS) . The story is of great antiquity.

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