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exposture Malone: I know not whether the word ‘exposture’ be found in any other author. If not, I should be inclined to read exposure. We have, however, other words of a similar formation in these plays. So in Timon: ‘The earth's a thief
That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen
From general excrement,’ IV, iii, 444.

[In answer to the implied question in the foregoing it may be said that the N. E. D. quotes the present line as the only example of this word.—Ed.]—Steevens: We should certainly read exposure. So in Macbeth: ‘And when we have our naked frailties hid
That suffer in exposure,’ [II, iii, 134].

Again in Tro. & Cress., ‘To weaken and discredit our exposure,’ [I, iii, 195]. ‘Exposture’ is, I believe, no more than a typographical error.—Walker (Crit., iii, 211): I am inclined to read with the Folio, not exposure.—W. A. Wright: The reading of the Folios is, perhaps, a word of Shakespeare's coinage. As in Timon, IV, iii, 444, we find ‘composture’ in the sense of composition, while ‘composure’ occurs elsewhere, we may allow ‘exposture’ to stand here as probably framed on the analogy of ‘imposture.’

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