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Thought, - Thrift,
Three-suited: “a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, t. . . . knave,” Lr. II, 2, 16. Three suits as well as "a hundred pounds a year" (the smallest income of a juryman) and "worsted stockings" seem to have been proverbial to denote what might have been an object of envy to extreme poverty (cf. Lr. III, 4, 141 and Ado IV, 2, 88) but of contempt in a wouldbe gentleman who sought the society of the great. See Ben Jonson's Epicoene A. III Sc. I: "who allows you . . . your three suits of apparel a year? your four pair of stockings, one silk, three worsted?