Summary and Analysis
Clowns rustics. The word indicates that these roles were played by comic actors.
se offendendo in self-defense.
will he, nill he willy-nilly, whether he wishes or not.
arms a coat of arms, being a group of emblems and figures arranged on and around a shield and serving as the special insignia of a person, family, or institution.
stoup a drinking cup; tankard.
Cain's jaw-bone the jawbone of an ass, with which Cain is supposed to have killed Abel.
politician plotter, schemer.
mazzard slang for head (literally, drinking bowl).
loggats skittles or ninepins, a British game in which a ball is bowled at nine wooden pins.
quiddities trifling distinctions; quibbles.
tenures titles to property.
sconce a slang word for head (literally, blockhouse).
pair of indentures agreements in duplicate.
conveyance the document by which real property is transferred from one person to another; deed.
assurance a pun on conveyance of property by deed and security.
galls his kibe scrapes his heel.
whoreson a scoundrel; knave; a general epithet of abuse (literally, bastard).
gorge stomach (literally, throat or gullet).
chapfallen a pun; disheartened, depressed, or humiliated (literally, having one's lower jaw hanging down).
bung-hole a hole in a barrel or keg through which liquid can be poured in or drawn out.
flaw a sudden, brief gust of wind, often with rain or snow; a squall.
couch lie concealed; to hide.
maiden strewments flowers strewn on a girl's grave.
Pelion, Olympus, and Ossa mountains in Greece; in Greek mythology, the Titans (giant deities) piled Pelion on Ossa and both on Olympus in a futile attempt to reach and attack the gods in heaven.
splenetive full of spleen, hot-tempered.
Woo't colloquial and familiar form of wilt thou.
the burning zone the sun.