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The death of Christopher Marlowe. Touchstone says "When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward child understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room" (3.3). Some critics find here a reference to Marlowe's death in 1593. It was held that Marlowe had died ("great reckoning") instantly after being stabbed above the eye during a quarrel over the bill in a pub ("little room"). (Evans, G. Blakemore, The Riverside Shakespeare, 2nd ed. 421.)