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Now, at this time, by this time: Ven. 45. Ven. 45 181 etc. etc. == but now, Cor. I, 9, 79. Peculiar position: “punished for before-breach of the king's laws in n. the king's quarrel,” H5 IV, 1, 180. As for but n., ere n., even n., see But, Ere, Even. Applied to a time past: “n. was she just before him,” Ven. 349. “that n. he was the ivy,” Tp. I, 2, 85. “I sprang not more in joy at first hearing he was a man-child than n. in first seeing he had probed himself a man,” Cor. I, 3, 18 etc. n. and then == at intervals, occasionally: Merch. II, 2, 200. As III, 5, 103. H5 III, 6, 71. Lr. IV, 3, 14. n. . . . n. == at one time . . . at another time: Ven. 224. Ven. 224 Tp. I, 2, 196. As III, 2, 436. Wint. IV, 4, 58. H6C II, 5, 5. H8 I, 1, 29. n. . . . and n.: “n. she weeps, and n. she fain would speak, and n. her sobs do her intendments break,” Ven. 221. “n. he vows a league, and n. invasion,” Lucr. 287. n. . . . then, in the same sense: “n. weep for him, then spit at him,” As III, 2, 437. “n. one the better, then another best,” H6C II, 5, 10.
== things being so, under these circumstances: “being mad before, how doth she n. for wits?” Ven. 249. “n. which way shall she turn?” Ven. 249 “what cares he n. for curb?” Ven. 249 “for pity n. she can no more detain him,” Ven. 249 “for n. she knows it is no gentle chase,” Ven. 249 “n. would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground,” Tp. I, 1, 69. “how n. shall this be compassed?” III, 2, 66. Ven. 786. Ven. 786 Ven. 786 Ven. 786 1077 etc. Hence forming a connection between the preceding and subsequent propositions: “n. for your answer . . .,” Merch. IV, 1, 52. “n. in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well,” As III, 2, 17. “thou swearest to me thou art honest: n., if thou wert a poet, I might have some hope thou didst feign,” III, 3, 26. “n. good or bad, 'tis but the chance of war,” III, 3, 26. “n., to seem to affect the displeasure of the people is as bad as to flatter them,” Cor. II, 2, 23 etc. n. that == it being so that, since; “what may be wrought out of their discontent, n. that their souls are topful of offence?” John III, 4, 180. “n. that God and friends have shaken Edward from the regal seat, . . . what are thy due fees?” H6C IV, 6, 1. Oftener n. alone, without that, in the same sense: “where shall I live n. Lucrece is unlived?” Lucr. 1754. “why should he live, n. Nature bankrupt is?” Sonn. 67, 9. “past cure I am, n. reason is past care,” 147, 9. “n. they are oppressed with travel, they will not use such vigilance,” Tp. III, 3, 15. Gent. I, 1, 123. I, 2, 1. III, 2, 2. Wiv. II, 1, 182. Meas. III, 1, 179. Ado I, 1, 303. LLL I, 1, 108. Mids. III, 2, 135. IV, 1, 67. As V, 4, 155. All's V, 3, 315. All's V, 3, 315 John V, 2, 95. R2 V, 1, 99. H6A IV, 6, 29. IV, 7, 32. IV, 7, 32 V, 4, 4. V, 4, 4 H6B I, 1, 216. III, 2, 55. IV, 4, 56. H6C II, 6, 6. H6C II, 6, 6 R3 I, 2, 170. Troil. V, 2, 90. Cor. II, 3, 180. Oth. IV, 2, 162 etc. Placed after: “her eye is sick on't, 1 observe her n.” All's I, 3, 142 (now that I observe her).
Hence added emphatically to wishes, prayers, obsecrations, and asseverations: “n. good angels preserve the king!” Tp. II, 1, 306. “n. all the blessings of a glad father compass thee about,” V, 179. “n. heaven send thee good fortune,” Wiv. III, 4, 105. “n. fair befall your mask!” LLL II, 124; cf. “n. fair befall thee,” R3 I, 3, 282; III, 5, 47. “n. justice on the doers,” All's V, 3, 154. “n. God in heaven forbid,” R2 II, 2, 51. “n. the Lord lighten thee,” H4B II, 1, 208. “n. heavens forbid such scarcity of youth,” Troil. I, 3, 302. “n. the gods keep you old enough,” Tim. III, 5, 104. “n. the red pestilence strike all trades in Rome,” Cor. IV, 1, 13. “n. the gods keep you,” IV, 6, 25. “n. the witch take me,” Ant. IV, 2, 37. “I pray n., keep below,” Tp. I, 1, 12. “I prithee n., lead the way,” II, 2, 177. “alas, n. pray you,” III, 1, 15. “pray n., rest yourself,” III, 1, 15 “n., good my lord, let there be some more test made of my metal,” Meas. I, 1, 48. “sweet n., make haste,” Err. IV, 2, 29. “good n., hold thy tongue,” IV, 4, 22; Wint. V, 1, 19; Troil. III, 1, 122; Hml. I, 1, 70; Ant. I, 2, 25; I, 3, 78. “I prithee n.” As III, 2, 199. Troil. III, 1, 116. “pray you n.” Ant. III, 11, 22. Cymb. III, 1, 46. “lo n., lo!” Tp. II, 2, 14. John III, 4, 21. “n., by my modesty, a goodly broker!” Gent. I, 2, 41. “n. trust me, 'tis an office of great worth,” Gent. I, 2, 41 II, 1, 115. Err. I, 1, 143. “that's meat and drink to me, n.” Wiv. I, 1, 306. “n., as I am a Christian, answer me,” Err. I, 2, 77. “n. by the faith of my love, I will,” As III, 2, 449. “in your conscience n.?” H5 IV, 1, 81. “n. for thy whore, Trojan! n. the sleeve,” Troil. V, 4, 25. “this is strange n.” Cor. II, 1, 24. “your serpent of Egypt is bred n. of your mud,” Ant. II, 7, 29.
Used to introduce an address, especially one expressive of surprise or curiosity: “n., blasphemy, not an oath on shore?” Tp. V, 218. “n., daughter Silvia, you are hard beset,” Gent. II, 4, 49. n., Master Shallow, “you'll complain of me to the king?” Wiv. I, 1, 112. “n., what's the matter, provost?” Meas. II, 2, 6. “n. in good time!” Wint. IV, 4, 163. “n., captain?” Tim. III, 5, 6. “n., thieves?” IV, 3, 415. “n., Cinna: n., Metellus,” Caes. II, 2, 120. “n., Lychorida!” Per. III, 1, 14. More frequently how now (sometimes == how do you do? at other times == what is the matter? or what are you doing here?): Tp. I, 2, 244. II, 1, 308. II, 2, 139. V, 285. Gent. I, 2, 16. Gent. I, 2, 16 I, 3, 51. II, 1, 7. II, 1, 7 III, 1, 279. III, 2, 11. IV, 2, 18. IV, 2, 18 IV, 4, 47. V, 2, 31. V, 4, 86. Wiv. I, 1, 198. I, 4, 142. II, 1, 152. Meas. I, 2, 58. Meas. I, 2, 58 II, 1, 45. II, 4, 17. II, 4, 17 IV, 2, 91. Err. II, 2, 7. IV, 1, 93. IV, 4, 9. Ado I, 2, 1. V, 1, 214. LLL IV, 3, 200. Mids. I, 1, 128. II, 1, 1. III, 2, 4. Merch. I, 2, 134. III, 1, 25. V, 288. Shr. IV, 1, 110. Shr. IV, 1, 110 Tw. III, 4, 118. Wint. III, 2, 148 (how n. there!). H6A IV, 4, 12. H6B I, 1, 53. Rom. III, 5, 150. Ant. I, 2, 134 (== ho!). Per. IV, 6, 22. why how n., in the same sense: Wiv. III, 4, 72. Meas. I, 2, 128. Err. III, 2, 71. Ado III, 4, 41. Hml. III, 4, 13. what n., in the same sense: Err. I, 2, 42. Troil. V, 3, 98.
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