Saturday, April 2, 2011

Parallel - Deal of World

First, Shake-Speare:

[Bolingbroke of his exile abroad] "What a deal of world I wander from the jewels that I love."
Richard II, 1.3.269-70

Bacon: "There was much ado and a great deal of world."
Letter to Buckingham describing Bacon's ceremonial installation as Lord Keeper

Comment: "Deal of world" is used in different senses in the two passages, but it sounds like an idiosyncratic expression.

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