E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A kind-hearted, witty nobleman, kinsman to the Prince of Verona, in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. Being mortally wounded by Tybalt, he was asked if he were hurt, and replied, A scratch, a scratch; marry, tis enough.
The Mercutio of actors. Lewis, who displayed in acting the combination of the fop and real gentleman. (17481811.)