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LENGTHENING OF WORDS. Apparent Alexandrines, explained by contractions

In other cases the appearance of an Alexandrine arises from the non-observance of contractions-- “I dáre | abíde | no lónger (454). | Whíther (466) should |
I flý?” Macbeth, iv. 2. 73. “She lé | vell'd át | our púr | poses) (471), ánd, | béing (470)
roýal.” A. and C. v. 2. 339. “All mórt | al cónse | quences) (471) háve | pronóunced | me
thús.” Macbeth, v. 3. 5. “As mís | ers dó | by béggars (454); | neither (466) gáve |
to mé.” Tr. and Cr. iii. 3. 142.

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