v. t.1.To tear with the nails; to cover with scratches.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Jervis, she feigns likewise but just to come to herself; we both begin, she to becall, and I to bescratch very liberally.
Not only has Day set out to provide a perfected text to offset the unauthorized one published earlier, but also he imaginatively "feminizes" the previous text, the one that had been put forth "excedingly corrupted." Day likens that text to a maiden enticed into the printer's house where she encountered defilement: the printer had "done her villanie, and after all to bescratched her face, tome her apparell, berayed and disfigured her, and then thrust her out of dores dishonested." As Wendy Wall has observed,