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Ape, the animal Simia: Tp. II, 2, 9. IV, 249. Meas. II, 2, 120. Err. II, 2, 200. Ado V, 1, 205. LLL III, 85. LLL III, 85 LLL III, 85 IV, 2, 131. H4B II, 2, 77. R3 III, 1, 130. Cor. I, 4, 36. Caes. V, 1, 41. Hml. IV, 2, 19 (Qq apple). Apes and monkeys are put together with no discernible difference: “on meddling monkey, or on busy a.” Mids. II, 1, 181. “more new-fangled than an a., more giddy in my desires than a monkey,” As IV, 1, 153. “--s and monkeys 'twixt two such shes would . . .,” Cymb. I, 6, 39.
Term of reproach: “boys, --s, braggarts,” Ado V, 1, 91. “out, you mad-headed a.” H4A II, 3, 80. “this is the a. of form,” LLL V, 2, 325. “--s of idleness,” H4B IV, 5, 123 (== formal, idle apes). Cymb. IV, 2, 194.
Term of endearment: “poor a., how thou sweatest!” H4B II, 4, 234. “the a. is dead, and I must conjure him,” Rom. II, 1, 16.
Symbol of imitativeness: “Julio Romano would beguile Nature of her custom, so perfectly he is her a.” Wint. V, 2, 108. “O sleep, thou a. of death,” Cymb. II, 2, 31.
To lead apes in hell was the punishment of old maids: Ado II, 1, 43. Ado II, 1, 43 Shr. II, 34.
A fable now unknown alluded to: “unpeg the basket on the house's top, let the birds fly, and like the famous a., to try conclusions, in the basket creep, and break your own neck down,” Hml. III, 4, 194 (we are perhaps to think of a dove-cote on the top of a house).
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