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'ware “pencils, ho! . . . My red dominical, my golden letter . . . so full of O's,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, v. 2. 43. “Rosaline says that Biron had drawn her picture in his letter; and afterwards, playing on the word letter, Katharine compares her to a text B. Rosaline in reply advises her to beware of pencils, that is, of drawing likenesses, lest she should retaliate; which she afterwards does by comparing her to a red dominical letter, and calling her marks of the small-pox oes” (MASON) . It must be remembered that Rosaline was a darkish beauty, Katharine a fair one. (I may notice that our early writers are fond of alluding, in comparisons, to the Dominical Letter: e.g. “she sweares a lookes for all the world like the Dominicall Letter, in his red coate.” Cupid's Whirligig, sig. C 2, ed. 1611. “Especially that at large, if you can, in red, like a Dominicall letter.” Dekker's If it be not good, the Diuel is in it, 1612, sig. C 3.)

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