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What are 'delicate wits?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0684  Tuesday, 12 April 2005

[1]     From:   Stephen C. Rose <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Apr 2005 13:09:28 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0671 What are 'delicate wits?'

[2]     From:   Norman Hinton <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Apr 2005 16:51:18 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0671 What are 'delicate wits?'


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From:           Stephen C. Rose <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Apr 2005 13:09:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.0671 What are 'delicate wits?'
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0671 What are 'delicate wits?'

delicate desires,   Much Ado About Nothing: I, i
most delicate.   King Henry V: II, iv
The body's delicate: King Lear: III, iv
delicate lodging: by my life,   Cymbeline: II, iv
moving-delicate  Much Ado About Nothing: IV, i
tender and delicate   The Tempest: II, i
a spirit too delicate   The Tempest: I, ii
her delicate youth Othello: I, ii
delicate cheeks Antony and Cleopatra: II, ii
delicate wooer,   Timon of Athens: IV, iii
delicate ariel,   The Tempest: I, ii
The air is delicate.   Macbeth: I, vi
The climate's delicate  The Winter's Tale: III, i
these delicate creatures ours,   Othello: III, iii
O most delicate fiend!   Cymbeline: V, v
More delicate way than drowning. Othello: I, iii
a delicate and tender prince,   Hamlet: IV, iv
a delicate stratagem   King Lear: IV, vi
delicate creature.   Othello: II, iii
delicate lethe.   Antony and Cleopatra: II, vii
Her delicate cheek: King Lear: IV, iii
what she is: so delicate   Othello: IV, i
a most delicate monster!   The Tempest: II, ii
delicate fine   All's Well that Ends Well: IV, v
delicate odour.  Pericles, Prince of Tyre: III, ii
a delicate wench.   The Tempest: II, i
most delicate carriages,   Hamlet: V, ii
her delicate tenderness will   Othello: II, i
delicate ariel. The Tempest: IV, i
such delicate   The Winter's Tale: IV, i

I don't think either compliment or sarcasm apply -- though one might
assume sarcasm in a minority of cases.

Cheers, S

Courtesy of Rhymezone. Never paired with wit according to their WS
concordance.

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From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Apr 2005 16:51:18 -0500
Subject: 16.0671 What are 'delicate wits?'
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0671 What are 'delicate wits?'

Here's an entry from John Florio's dictionary (1598) (from the Early
English Dictionary Database) for "delicate wit"

Sottile, subtile, suttle, fine, small, little, thinne, slender, rare,
light, delicate, keene. Also slye, wylie, craftie, wittie, learned.

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