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Though, conj. 1) notwithstanding that, however: “travellers ne'er did lie, t. fools at home condemn 'em,” Tp. III, 3, 27. “t. the seas threaten, they are merciful,” V, 178. Gent. II, 1, 178. II, 4, 64. V, 4, 20. Wiv. I, 1, 174. II, 1, 148. Err. I, 1, 70 etc. etc. Elliptically: “governed him in strength, t. not in lust,” Ven. 42. “thou art no man, t. of a man's complexion,” Ven. 42 “lovers' hours are long, t. seeming short,” Ven. 42 Tp. II, 1, 251. Gent. III, 1, 103. Ado II, 1, 215. Wint. I, 2, 284 etc.
Followed by the indicative, in speaking of things founded on fact: “my woes are tedious, t. my words are brief,” Lucr. 1309. “thy vile race, t. thou didst learn, had that in't . . .,” Tp. I, 2, 359. “t. thou canst swim like a duck, thou art made like a goose,” II, 2, 135. “t. I am struck to the quick, yet . . . 'gainst my fury do I take part,” V, 25. “I do forgive thee, unnatural t. thou art,” V, 25 “thy letters may be here, t. thou art hence,” Gent. III, 1, 248. “t. Page stands so firmly on his wife's frailty, yet I cannot put off my opinion,” Wiv. II, 1, 241. “t. we are justices . . ., we have some salt of our youth in us,” II, 3, 48. “the law hath not been dead, t. it hath slept,” Meas. II, 2, 90. “t. he hath fallen by prompture of the blood, yet hath he in him such a mind of honour,” II, 4, 178. “not of this country, t. my chance is now to use it,” III, 2, 230. Err. I, 1, 147. V, 3. Merch. II, 3, 18. As I, 2, 48. Wint. II, 1, 189. IV, 4, 732. R2 I, 2, 24. H6A I, 4, 82. H6B III, 2, 230. H6C II, 2, 166 etc.
Followed by the subjunctive in hypothetical cases: “t. they be outstripped by every pen, reserve them for my love,” Sonn. 32, 6. “t. thou repent, yet I have still the loss,” 34, 10. “which t. it alter not love's sole effect, yet doth it steal sweet hours,” 36, 7. “the summer's flower is to the summer sweet, t. to itself it only live and die,” 94, 10. “I love not less, t. less the show appear,” 102, 2. “I'll warrant him for drowning, t. the ship were no stronger than a nutshell,” Tp. I, 1, 49. “he'll be hanged yet, t. every drop of water swear against it,” Tp. I, 1, 49 “t. this island seem to be desert,” II, 1, 35. IV, 213. V, 41. Wiv. II, 1, 4. II, 2, 230. Meas. II, 2, 134. Err. III, 1, 28. III, 2, 13. IV, 2, 28. Mids. II, 2, 84. III, 1, 138. Merch. I, 1, 56. Tw. II, 5, 136. H6A IV, 1, 102. Lr. III, 3, 18 etc. The subjunctive also expressing real things founded on fact: tears harden lust, t. marble wear with raining, Lucr Lr. III, 3, 18 “t. his false finger have profaned the ring, mine shall not do his Julia so much wrong,” Gent. IV, 4, 141. cf. below t. that in Tw. I, 2, 48. Lr. IV, 6, 219. Be and were often found so (but cf. Be, with respect to their being used as indicative forms), f. i.: only Collatinus finds his wife, t. it were late in the night, spinning amongst her maids, Lucr. Arg. Lr. IV, 6, 219 “by whose aid, weak masters t. ye be, I have bedimmed the sun,” Tp. V, 41. “and true he swore, t. yet forsworn he were,” Err. IV, 2, 10. V, 311. Mids. III, 2, 325. Merch. IV, 1, 198. H6C II, 6, 34 etc.
No marvel t. (with the subjunctive) == it is not strange that: “no marvel t. thy horse be gone,” Ven. 390. “no marvel then t. I mistake my view,” Sonn. 148, 11. “no marvel t. he pause,” Err. II, 1, 32. Mids. II, 2, 96. R3 I, 4, 64. Troil. II, 2, 33. Lr. II, 1, 100.
I care not or I reck not t. (with the subjunctive) == it is all one to me, it does not signify: “I care not t. he burn himself in love,” Gent. II, 5, 55. “I reck not t. I end my life to-day,” Troil. V, 6, 26. Elliptically, what t. == what should I care? never mind; and hence == though alone: “what t. the rose have prickless, yet 'tis plucked,” Ven. 574. “what t. her frowning brows be bent, her cloudy looks will calm,” Pilgr. 311. “what t. she strive to try her strength, her feeble force will yield,” Pilgr. 311 “what t. care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care,” Ado V, 1, 132. “what t. he love your Hermia? Lord, what t.?” Mids. II, 2, 109. “what t. I be not so in grace as you, . . . this you should pity rather,” III, 2, 232. As III, 5, 37. H6A V, 3, 101. H6B I, 1, 158. H6C V, 4, 3. R3 I, 1, 154. H8 III, 2, 97. Ant. III, 13, 4. what t. alone, without a following clause, == I do not care; it is all the same to me: “I keep but three men, . . . but what t.? yet I live like a poor gentleman born,” Wiv. I, 1, 286. “but what t.? courage!” As III, 3, 51. “by chance but not by truth; what t.?” John I, 169. it (my iron) “is a simple one, but what t.? it will toast cheese,” H5 II, 1, 9.
T. that == though (cf. That): “t. that nature with a beauteous wall doth oft close in pollution, yet of thee I will believe . . .,” Tw. I, 2, 48. John III, 3, 57. Cor. I, 1, 144. Lr. IV, 6, 219. Oth. I, 1, 71. III, 3, 261.
2) as t. == as if: “I thank you as much as t. I did,” Wiv. I, 1, 291. “shall I be appointed hours, as t. I knew not what to leave and what to take?” Shr. I, 1, 104. “I'll give her thanks, as t. she bid me stay by her a week,” II, 179.
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