Summary and Analysis
Act III: Scene 4
lay you home to him tell him what's what.
silence me hide myself.
rood a cross as used in crucifixion; specifically, the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
sets a blister In Elizabethan England, prostitutes were sometimes branded with a hot iron.
contraction the marriage contract.
solidity and compound mass the earth.
counterfeit presentment portrait.
Mercury in Roman mythology, the messenger of the gods; god of commerce, manual skill, eloquence, cleverness, travel, and thievery.
batten to grow fat; thrive; to be well fed or wealthy at another's expense.
hoodman-blind blindman's bluff.
so mope be so stupid.
enseam'd greasy, with a pun on semen.
vice of kings caricature of a king. Vice, who represented sin, was a stock character in morality plays.
distemper mental disturbance.
gambol wander; frolic.
unction ointment, salve; used for the act of annointing as in medical treatment or a religious ceremony.
mouse a common term of endearment.
reechy smoky, dirty, foul, or rancid.
gib tomcat; a male cat, especially a castrated male cat.