Posted by Courbel on June 17, 2004
I need help with a couple of things:
i)the meaning of 'the short and the long of it'
ii) the meaning of 'canary'/'canaries'
this is the source:
1) MISTRESS QUICKLY (to Falstaff)
Marry, this is the short and the long of it;
You have brought her into such a canaries as 'tis
wonderful. The best courtier of them all,
when thecourt lay at Windsor, could never have brought her to such a canary.
(Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 2, scene 2)