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Quickly (Dame)

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Hostess of a tavern in Eastcheap. (Shakespeare: Henry IV. parts 1 and 2.)

Mistress Quickly. Servant of all-work to Dr. Caius. She says: “I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and drink, make the beds, and do all myself.” She is the go-between of three suitors to Anne Page, and to prove her disinterestedness she says: “I would my master had Mistress Anne, or I would Master Slender had her, or in sooth I would Master Fenton had her. I will do what I can for them all three, for so I have promised; and Iʹll be as good as my word; but speciously for Master Fenton.” (Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Quia Emptores
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Quick Sticks (In)
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