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Conclusion, 1) end, close: “the c. shall be crowned with your enjoying her,” Wiv. III, 5, 138. “the c. is, she shall be thine,” Ado I, 1, 329. “man is a giddy thing, and this is my c.” V, 4, 110. Wiv. I, 1, 184. Meas. V, 95. LLL IV, 1, 75. As V, 4, 132. H5 II, 1, 27.*III, 6, 142. R3 I, 3, 316. Oth. II, 1, 162. Oth. II, 1, 162
In c. == a) finally: “and in c. he did beat me here,” Err. II, 1, 74. “and in c. dumbly have broke off,” Mids. V, 98. Tw. V, 70. Mcb. II, 3, 38. Lr. II, 4, 179. -- b) in short: “in c., I stand affected to her,” Gentl. II, 1, 90. “and, in c., she shall watch all night,” Shr. IV, 1, 208. “it draws toward supper in c. so,” John I, 204. “and in c. drove us to seek out this head of safety,” H4A IV, 3, 102. “and in c. wins the king from her,” H6C III, 1, 50. “and in c. nonsuits my mediators,” Oth. I, 1, 15.
2) inference: Gentl. II, 5, 39. Err. II, 2, 110. LLL V, 2, 41. Tw. II, 3, 6. V, 23. Wint. I, 2, 81. “your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes and still c., shall acquire no honour, demuring upon me,” Ant. IV, 15, 28 (i. e. silently drawing inferences in surveying and examining my appearance).
3) that from which an inference is drawn; a) an experience made and leading to consequences: “but this denoted a foregone c.” Oth. III, 3, 428. -- b) an experiment: “the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most preposterous --s,” Oth. I, 3, 333. “she hath pursued --s infinite of easy ways to die,” Ant. V, 2, 358. “is't not meet that I did amplify my judgement in other --s?” Cymb. I, 5, 18. to try a c. or “--s:” Lucr. 1160. Merch. II, 2, 39 (only in Q1; the rest of O. Edd. confusions). Hml. III, 4, 195. -- c) a riddle: “read the c. then,” Per. I, 1, 56 (perhaps also in LLL V, 2, 41).
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