Plays that were written long ago,such as the plays of William Shakespeare, or plays set in the past, such as a play set in the Middle Ages, often have antiquated language, or old-fashioned language. When you see words and phrases that are unfamiliar to you, use context clues and what you know about language to determine what the words or phrases mean. Also, think about what you know about related words to try to understand the meanings of antiquated words.
Read the following passage. Underline the words or phrases that are antiquated. Then, discuss their meanings with a partner.
KING: Thine eyes have regained their spark. I trust thou art well.
KNIGHT: ‘Tis true, Sire. The wound is healed. I am ready to serve thee again.
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