The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0568 Monday, 25 February 2002
Date: Monday, 25 Feb 2002 14:54:57 -0500
Subject: Thrice This and That
Perhaps a silly question, but . . . why, in Shakespeare, are people
being thriced? Where does this come from? Why not twice or quadruple?
Some examples below.
Upon the life of this thrice-famed duke. 2H6
Why, so you are, my thrice renowned liege. R3
Then, thrice-gracious queen, R2
So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so; MoV
To send for Lucius, thy thrice-valiant son, Titus
Alas, thrice-gentle Cassio! Oth
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