Notes for Shakespeare's Sonnet 138


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1. truth: fidelity, constancy.

2. she lies: she tells falsehoods. | she has sex with others.

3. untutor'd: uneducated, not wise to the ways of the world.

6. my days are past the best: i.e. I am past my prime.

7. simply: without a second thought. | like a simpleton.

8. simple: pure, obvious.

9. unjust: untrue, crooked.

11. habit: habitual deportment. | usual clothing, as in a "nun's habit."

12. told: talked about. | counted.

13. lie with: lie to. | have sex with.