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Deon. (9) O, she tore the letter into a thousand halfpence; rail'd at herself, that she should be so immodest, to write to one that, she knew, wou'd flout her: I measure him, says she, by my own Spirit, for I should flout him if he writ to me; yea, though I love him, I should.
(9) 0, she tore the Letter into a thousand half-pence;] i. e. into a thousand pieces of the same bigness. This is farther explained by a Passage in A; you like it. There were none principal; they were all like one another as half-pence are.
In both places the Poet alludes to the old Silver Penny which had •
a Crease running Cross-wise over it, so that it might be broke into two or four equal pieces, half-pence, or farthings. -,