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Three-farthings: “my face so thin that in my ear I durst not stick a rose lest men should say 'Look where t. goes',” John I, 143. Dyce: an allusion to the three-farthing silver pieces of Queen Elizabeth, which were very thin, and had the profile of the sovereign with a rose at the back of her head: and we must remember that in Shakespeare's time sticking roses in the ear was a court-fashion.
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