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Inland, a word of a very vague signification, not so much denoting remoteness from the sea or the frontier, as a seat of peace and peaceful civilization; (perhaps opposed to mountainous districts as the seats of savage barbarousness; cf. Tw. IV, 1, 52; H5 V, 1, 37; Cymb. IV, 2, 100 & 370; and meaning the flat country): “a wall sufficient to defend our i. from the pilfering borderers,” H5 I, 2, 142. Adjectively: “yet am I i. bred and know some nurture,” As II, 7, 96. “who was in his youth an i. man, one that knew courtship too well,” III, 2, 363. “then the vital commoners and i. petty spirits muster me all to their captain, the heart,” H4B IV, 3, 119 (given till then to the arts of peace). Similarly perhaps in the following passage: “his state empties itself, as doth an i. brook into the main of waters,” Merch. V, 96 (a brook running through a well cultivated plain).
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