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scarcity
used in King Lear

7 uses
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Definition
shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
  • I am scarce in breath, my lord.
    2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — Before Gloster's Castle (30% in)
scarce = barely (an amount that is less than desired)
  • ] I can scarce speak to thee; thou'lt not believe With how deprav'd a quality—O Regan!
    2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — Before Gloster's Castle; Kent in the stocks (42% in)
  • Alack, the night comes on, and the high winds Do sorely ruffle; for many miles about There's scarce a bush.
    2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — Before Gloster's Castle; Kent in the stocks (97% in)
  • Thou think'st 'tis much that this contentious storm Invades us to the skin: so 'tis to thee But where the greater malady is fix'd, The lesser is scarce felt.
    3.4 — Act 3 Scene 4 — A part of the Heath with a Hovel. Storm continues (6% in)
  • I' the last night's storm I such a fellow saw; Which made me think a man a worm: my son Came then into my mind, and yet my mind Was then scarce friends with him: I have heard more since.
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — The heath (45% in)
  • The crows and choughs that wing the midway air Show scarce so gross as beetles: half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire—dreadful trade!
    4.6 — Act 4 Scene 6 — The country near Dover (6% in)
  • He's scarce awake: let him alone awhile.
    4.7 — Act 4 Scene 7 — A Tent in the French Camp. Lear on a bed.... (53% in)

There are no more uses of "scarcity" in King Lear.

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