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by “the fool multitude—Meant,” THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, ii. 9. 26. Meant of the fool multitude, “The plain fact is (for it needs not many words) that the prepositions by and of are synonymous, and that our ancestors used them in differently, as they were well justified in doing.” Gifford's note on Jonson's Works, vol. i. p. 140.

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