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brooch “in this all-hating world—A strange,” RICHARD II., v. 5. 66. “That is, is as strange and uncommon as a brooch which is now no longer worn” (MALONE) . I doubt if there is any allusion here to brooches being out of fashion. The word “sign” in the preceding line probably suggested the expression “a strange brooch.” “It is a sign of love; and love to Richard is, amid so much hatred, a strange feeling for any one to display—as he would a brooch or ornament.” (“Brooch”— about the precise meaning of which Malone squabbled with Mason—was not unfrequently used metaphorically for ornament: he is the brooch indeed And gem of all the nation, HAMLET, iv. 7. 93. “These sonnes of Mars, who in their times were the glorious Brooches of our nation, and admirable terrour to our enemies.” The World runnes on Wheeles, p. 237,—Taylor's Workes, 1630; “Next dy'd old Charles, true honor'd Nottingham,
The Brooch and honor of his house and name.”
Upon the Death of King James, p. 324,—id. )

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