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curiosity “in the time of Shakespeare, was a word that signified an over-nice scrupulousness in manners, dress, etc.” (STEEVENS) : “they mocked thee for too much curiosity” TIMON OF ATHENS, iv. 3. 302 ( “finical delicacy,” WARBURTON) ; “curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety,” KING LEAR, i. 1. 6 ( “exactest scrutiny,” WARBURTON) ; “The curiosity of nations,” KING LEAR, i. 2. 4 ; “mine own jealous curiosity” KING LEAR, i. 4. 68. ( “a punctilious jealousy, resulting from a scrupulous watchfulness of his own dignity,” STEEVENS)

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