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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Oldcastle, Sir John. Lord Cobham. 1377?-1417. English Lollard conspirator who was burned alive for heresy.

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  • In Shakespeare's first works, when this character appeared, it was frankly called "Oldcastle," but later, in Elizabeth's time, when

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  • It was unfortunate for Shakespeare and his acting company that the office of Lord Chamberlain, the man in charge of censoring plays, passed to a descendant of Oldcastle just as Henry IV was entering the repertoire.

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  • Oldcastle tried to answer, but Mortimer cut him off.

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  • Nazarian attempted to terminate the conversation in the usual way, but the second man, Mr. Oldcastle, prevented him.

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  • Oldcastle swore in a sick gasp; his knees buckled.

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  • “What is it?” cried Mortimer, but even as he spoke Oldcastle was staggering backward out of the doorway, the glowering Nazarian close behind.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • Nazarian was skeptical both of this assertion and of their names—Mr. Mortimer and Mr. Oldcastle—and in any case he was not disposed to be hospitable.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • “Come now, grandfather,” urged Oldcastle, chuckling, “give up the game and let us in.”

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  • Oldcastle stood astride the threshold, exchanging grins with his comrade and reaching into the darkened hallway as if he would grasp Nazarian.

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