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Few, not many, a small number: Lucr. 1613. Sonn. 73, 2. Tp. II, 1, 7. V, 166. Meas. II, 1, 282. Ado I, 1, 7. IV, 1, 143. LLL V, 1, 147. Wint. IV, 4, 809. H6A I, 1, 161. H6B II, 4, 69. H6C IV, 1, 86. IV, 6, 29. R3 I, 4, 134. Hml. I, 3, 58. 68 etc. Comp. “--er:” H4A II, 4, 111. H4B I, 3, 47. H5 IV, 3, 22. Superl. “--est:” H6A II, 4, 41. H6A II, 4, 41 “some f.:” Tp. V, 255. R2 III, 3, 4. III, 4, 86. H4B IV, 5, 102. H6C III, 3, 204. a f. == 1) some few: Merch. III, 2, 254. H4A II, 1, 7. H5 II, 2, 89. III, 5, 5. H6C II, 1, 16. Cor. V, 6, 46. Mcb. III, 2, 4. Cymb. IV, 2, 283. 2) few: “O happiness enjoyed but of a f.” Lucr. 22. “where small experience grows but in a f.” Shr. I, 2, 52 (i. e. except in few; M. Edd.: grows. But in a few,). “love all, trust a f.” All's I, 1, 73. “I am solicited, not by a f.” H8 I, 2, 18. -- In f. == 1) in few words: “thus, then, in f.” H5 I, 2, 245. 2) in short: Tp. I, 2, 144. Meas. III, 1, 237. H4B I, 1, 112. Hml. I, 3, 126. in a f., in the same sense, only by a blunder of M. Edd. in Shr. I, 2, 52; see above.
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