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Re: Quizzing Glass
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0781.  Tuesday, 4 October 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Kathleen Kendrick <
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        Date:   Monday, 3 Oct 1994 20:38:21 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0779 Q: Quizzing Glass
 
(2)     From:   Patricia Gallagher <
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        Date:   Monday, 3 Oct 1994 20:50:24 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Quizzing glass
 
(3)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Monday, 03 Oct 1994 22:56:36 -0500 (EST)
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Oct 94 14:49:55 +0300
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Date:           Monday, 3 Oct 1994 20:38:21 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 5.0779 Q: Quizzing Glass
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0779 Q: Quizzing Glass
 
Dear Doug,
 
I believe a quizzing glass is a monocle which is a one-eyed glass usually
carried in a vest pocket.  It was used for magnification and also as an
affectation for the dandies back in the Victorian era.  Hope that helps.
 
Kitty
 
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Date:           Monday, 3 Oct 1994 20:50:24 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Quizzing glass
 
I looked up "quizzing glass" in the OED. It is defined there as "a single
eye-glass; a monocle".  The term was first used in 1802.
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 03 Oct 1994 22:56:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0779  Q: Quizzing Glass
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0779  Q: Quizzing Glass
 
It just struck me that "quizzing glass" might be a misprint for "quizzing
class," i.e., a class that quizzes the actor about his role. Of course, a
quizzing glass may be a theatrical term!
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Oct 94 14:49:55 +0300
Subject: 5.0779  Q: Quizzing Glass
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0779  Q: Quizzing Glass
 
A quizzing-glass is a monocle. I wouldn't have thought they were used as early
as Shakespeare's time.
 

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