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Prone, eagerly ready: “that p. lust should stain so pure a bed,” Lucr. 684. “unless a man would marry a gallows and beget young gibbets, I never saw one so p.” Cymb. V, 4, 208. With to: “nor tender feeling, to base touches p.” Sonn. 141, 6. “I am not p. to weeping,” Wint. II, 1, 108. “as p. to mischief as able to perform 't,” H8 I, 1, 160. Peculiar passage: “in her youth there is a p. and speechless dialect, such as move men,” Meas. I, 2, 188 (Nares: prompt, ready; Malone: significant, expressive. The words p. and speechless must be considered as a hendiadis, == speechlessly prone, prone even without speaking, speaking fervently and eagerly without words).
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