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21 Apr 2006 00:27 PDT
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In Act II Scene IV of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, what does the term 'false prints' mean / refer to?
Re: Shakespearean language
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 25 Apr 2006 16:39 PDT
Isabella is speaking of the weaknesses of women. She says "For we are soft as our complexions are / And credulous to false prints." According to "The Arden Shakespeare" edition of "Measure for Measure," the term "false prints" may be a reference to counterfeit money or forgeries. Someone who is "soft" and "credulous to false prints" is impressionable, easily influenced, or gullible. Notes in the Arden edition mention the old proverb "soft wax will take any impression." "The Arden suggests 'Prints' for any impress, especially the stamp on a coin. False prints... are forgeries." Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2004/1693.html I hope this is helpful! If anything is unclear or incomplete, please request clarification; I'll gladly offer further assistance before you rate my answer. Best regards, pinkfreud
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