Much Ado About Nothing


William Shakespeare

Set in the Italian city of Messina, Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play that follows the romantic relationships of two couples. The first couple, Claudio and Hero, fall deeply in love at first sight and plan to get married. However, their plans are thrown off course when the villainous Don John convinces Claudio that Hero has been unfaithful.

Meanwhile, the second couple, Beatrice and Benedick, engage in a battle of wits and insults, refusing to admit their mutual attraction. However, their friends conspire to bring them together, and they eventually confess their love for each other.

The play is filled with mistaken identities, misunderstandings, and humorous banter between the characters. Ultimately, the truth about Hero's fidelity is revealed, and she and Claudio are able to reconcile and get married. Beatrice and Benedick also decide to tie the knot, bringing a happy ending to the play.

Despite its light-hearted tone, Much Ado About Nothing also touches on themes of honor, deception, and the power of language. Shakespeare's clever wordplay and witty dialogue add to the play's charm, making it a beloved classic in the world of theater.

Act I

Act 1 of Much Ado About Nothing begins with the arrival of Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, and his companions, Benedick and Claudio, at the house of Leonato, Governor of Messina. Leonato welcomes them and agrees to host a masquerade ball in their honor. Claudio is immediately smitten with Leonato's daughter, Hero, while Benedick engages in witty banter with Hero's cousin, Beatrice.

Meanwhile, Don John, Don Pedro's illegitimate brother, plots to ruin Claudio's chances with Hero by spreading rumors that she is unfaithful. He enlists the help of his followers, Borachio and Conrade, to stage a fake tryst between Hero and Borachio that will be witnessed by Claudio and Don Pedro.

At the masquerade ball, Claudio declares his love for Hero and she reciprocates. Benedick and Beatrice continue their verbal sparring, with Beatrice making fun of Benedick for being a bachelor. Don Pedro takes note of their banter and plots to bring them together.

Later that night, Borachio and Conrade carry out their plan and Claudio and Don Pedro witness what they believe to be Hero's infidelity. Claudio is devastated and publicly shames Hero at their wedding ceremony the next day. Leonato and Hero's cousin, Beatrice, defend her innocence and plan to prove her virtue.

The act ends with Beatrice and Benedick separately vowing to help clear Hero's name, and Don John plotting further mischief.

SCENE I. Before LEONATO'S house.

Scene 1 of Act 1 takes place in the city of Messina, Italy. A messenger arrives and reports to Leonato, the governor of Messina, that Don Pedro, the Prince of Arragon, and his soldiers have arrived and will be staying with him for a month. Leonato welcomes the Prince and his companions, including Claudio, a young soldier, and Benedick, an older soldier who is known for his wit and dislike of marriage.

Claudio immediately falls in love with Hero, Leonato's daughter, and asks Benedick for his opinion. Benedick mocks Claudio's infatuation with love and warns him against falling too quickly. Don Pedro proposes to play a trick on Benedick to make him fall in love, and Claudio agrees to help.

Meanwhile, Don John, the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro, plots to cause trouble and ruin the happiness of the group. He is bitter about his status and wants to cause chaos. Don John's servant, Borachio, suggests that they should try to ruin Claudio's chances with Hero by making it appear that Hero is unfaithful. Don John agrees and they make their plans.

The scene ends with Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato discussing the upcoming marriage of Hero and Claudio. They are all pleased with the match and look forward to the wedding.

Enter LEONATO, HERO, and BEATRICE, with a Messenger

I learn in this letter that Don Peter of Arragon
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comes this night to Messina.
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He is very near by this: he was not three leagues off
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when I left him.
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How many gentlemen have you lost in this action?
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But few of any sort, and none of name.
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A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings
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home full numbers. I find here that Don Peter hath
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bestowed much honour on a young Florentine called Claudio.
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Much deserved on his part and equally remembered by
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Don Pedro: he hath borne himself beyond the
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promise of his age, doing, in the figure of a lamb,
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the feats of a lion: he hath indeed better
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bettered expectation than you must expect of me to
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tell you how.
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He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much
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glad of it.
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I have already delivered him letters, and there
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appears much joy in him; even so much that joy could
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not show itself modest enough without a badge of
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Did he break out into tears?
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In great measure.
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A kind overflow of kindness: there are no faces
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truer than those that are so washed. How much
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better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping!
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I pray you, is Signior Mountanto returned from the
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wars or no?
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I know none of that name, lady: there was none such
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in the army of any sort.
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What is he that you ask for, niece?
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My cousin means Signior Benedick of Padua.
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O, he's returned; and as pleasant as ever he was.
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He set up his bills here in Messina and challenged
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Cupid at the flight; and my uncle's fool, reading
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the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and challenged
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him at the bird-bolt. I pray you, how many hath he
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killed and eaten in these wars? But how many hath
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he killed? for indeed I promised to eat all of his killing.
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Faith, niece, you tax Signior Benedick too much;
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but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not.
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He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.
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You had musty victual, and he hath holp to eat it:
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he is a very valiant trencherman; he hath an
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excellent stomach.
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And a good soldier too, lady.
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And a good soldier to a lady: but what is he to a lord?
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A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuffed with all
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honourable virtues.
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It is so, indeed; he is no less than a stuffed man:
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but for the stuffing,--well, we are all mortal.
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You must not, sir, mistake my niece. There is a
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kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick and her:
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they never meet but there's a skirmish of wit
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between them.
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Alas! he gets nothing by that. In our last
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conflict four of his five wits went halting off, and
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now is the whole man governed with one: so that if
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he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him
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bear it for a difference between himself and his
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horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left,
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to be known a reasonable creature. Who is his
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companion now? He hath every month a new sworn brother.
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Is't possible?
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Very easily possible: he wears his faith but as
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the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the
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next block.
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I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.
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No; an he were, I would burn my study. But, I pray
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you, who is his companion? Is there no young
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squarer now that will make a voyage with him to the devil?
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He is most in the company of the right noble Claudio.
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O Lord, he will hang upon him like a disease: he
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is sooner caught than the pestilence, and the taker
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runs presently mad. God help the noble Claudio! if
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he have caught the Benedick, it will cost him a
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thousand pound ere a' be cured.
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I will hold friends with you, lady.
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Do, good friend.
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You will never run mad, niece.
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No, not till a hot January.
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Don Pedro is approached.
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Good Signior Leonato, you are come to meet your
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trouble: the fashion of the world is to avoid
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cost, and you encounter it.
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Never came trouble to my house in the likeness of
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your grace: for trouble being gone, comfort should
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remain; but when you depart from me, sorrow abides
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and happiness takes his leave.
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You embrace your charge too willingly. I think this
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is your daughter.
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Her mother hath many times told me so.
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Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked her?
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Signior Benedick, no; for then were you a child.
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You have it full, Benedick: we may guess by this
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what you are, being a man. Truly, the lady fathers
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herself. Be happy, lady; for you are like an
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honourable father.
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If Signior Leonato be her father, she would not
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have his head on her shoulders for all Messina, as
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like him as she is.
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I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior
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Benedick: nobody marks you.
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What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?
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Is it possible disdain should die while she hath
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such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick?
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Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come
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in her presence.
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Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I
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am loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I
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would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard
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heart; for, truly, I love none.
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A dear happiness to women: they would else have
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been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God
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and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I
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had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man
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swear he loves me.
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God keep your ladyship still in that mind! so some
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gentleman or other shall 'scape a predestinate
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scratched face.
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Scratching could not make it worse, an 'twere such
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a face as yours were.
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Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher.
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A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours.
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I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and
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so good a continuer. But keep your way, i' God's
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name; I have done.
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You always end with a jade's trick: I know you of old.
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That is the sum of all, Leonato. Signior Claudio
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and Signior Benedick, my dear friend Leonato hath
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invited you all. I tell him we shall stay here at
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the least a month; and he heartily prays some
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occasion may detain us longer. I dare swear he is no
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hypocrite, but prays from his heart.
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If you swear, my lord, you shall not be forsworn.
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Let me bid you welcome, my lord: being reconciled to
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the prince your brother, I owe you all duty.
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I thank you: I am not of many words, but I thank
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Please it your grace lead on?
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Your hand, Leonato; we will go together.
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Exeunt all except BENEDICK and CLAUDIO

Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signior Leonato?
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I noted her not; but I looked on her.
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Is she not a modest young lady?
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Do you question me, as an honest man should do, for
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my simple true judgment; or would you have me speak
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after my custom, as being a professed tyrant to their sex?
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No; I pray thee speak in sober judgment.
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Why, i' faith, methinks she's too low for a high
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praise, too brown for a fair praise and too little
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for a great praise: only this commendation I can
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afford her, that were she other than she is, she
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were unhandsome; and being no other but as she is, I
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do not like her.
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Thou thinkest I am in sport: I pray thee tell me
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truly how thou likest her.
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Would you buy her, that you inquire after her?
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Can the world buy such a jewel?
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Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak you this
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with a sad brow? or do you play the flouting Jack,
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to tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder and Vulcan a
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rare carpenter? Come, in what key shall a man take
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you, to go in the song?
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In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I
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looked on.
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I can see yet without spectacles and I see no such
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matter: there's her cousin, an she were not
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possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty
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as the first of May doth the last of December. But I
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hope you have no intent to turn husband, have you?
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I would scarce trust myself, though I had sworn the
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contrary, if Hero would be my wife.
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Is't come to this? In faith, hath not the world
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one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion?
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Shall I never see a bachelor of three-score again?
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Go to, i' faith; an thou wilt needs thrust thy neck
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into a yoke, wear the print of it and sigh away
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Sundays. Look Don Pedro is returned to seek you.
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Re-enter DON PEDRO

What secret hath held you here, that you followed
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not to Leonato's?
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I would your grace would constrain me to tell.
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I charge thee on thy allegiance.
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You hear, Count Claudio: I can be secret as a dumb
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man; I would have you think so; but, on my
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allegiance, mark you this, on my allegiance. He is
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in love. With who? now that is your grace's part.
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Mark how short his answer is;--With Hero, Leonato's
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short daughter.
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If this were so, so were it uttered.
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Like the old tale, my lord: 'it is not so, nor
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'twas not so, but, indeed, God forbid it should be
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If my passion change not shortly, God forbid it
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should be otherwise.
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Amen, if you love her; for the lady is very well worthy.
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You speak this to fetch me in, my lord.
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By my troth, I speak my thought.
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And, in faith, my lord, I spoke mine.
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And, by my two faiths and troths, my lord, I spoke mine.
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That I love her, I feel.
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That she is worthy, I know.
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That I neither feel how she should be loved nor
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know how she should be worthy, is the opinion that
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fire cannot melt out of me: I will die in it at the stake.
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Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the despite
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of beauty.
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And never could maintain his part but in the force
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of his will.
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That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she
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brought me up, I likewise give her most humble
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thanks: but that I will have a recheat winded in my
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forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick,
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all women shall pardon me. Because I will not do
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them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the
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right to trust none; and the fine is, for the which
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I may go the finer, I will live a bachelor.
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I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with love.
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With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, my lord,
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not with love: prove that ever I lose more blood
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with love than I will get again with drinking, pick
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out mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen and hang me
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up at the door of a brothel-house for the sign of
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blind Cupid.
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Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, thou
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wilt prove a notable argument.
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If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat and shoot
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at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapped on
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the shoulder, and called Adam.
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Well, as time shall try: 'In time the savage bull
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doth bear the yoke.'
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The savage bull may; but if ever the sensible
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Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns and set
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them in my forehead: and let me be vilely painted,
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and in such great letters as they write 'Here is
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good horse to hire,' let them signify under my sign
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'Here you may see Benedick the married man.'
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If this should ever happen, thou wouldst be horn-mad.
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Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his quiver in
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Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly.
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I look for an earthquake too, then.
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Well, you temporize with the hours. In the
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meantime, good Signior Benedick, repair to
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Leonato's: commend me to him and tell him I will
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not fail him at supper; for indeed he hath made
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great preparation.
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I have almost matter enough in me for such an
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embassage; and so I commit you--
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To the tuition of God: From my house, if I had it,--
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The sixth of July: Your loving friend, Benedick.
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Nay, mock not, mock not. The body of your
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discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and
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the guards are but slightly basted on neither: ere
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you flout old ends any further, examine your
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conscience: and so I leave you.
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My liege, your highness now may do me good.
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My love is thine to teach: teach it but how,
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And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn
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Any hard lesson that may do thee good.
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Hath Leonato any son, my lord?
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No child but Hero; she's his only heir.
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Dost thou affect her, Claudio?
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O, my lord,
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When you went onward on this ended action,
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I look'd upon her with a soldier's eye,
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That liked, but had a rougher task in hand
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Than to drive liking to the name of love:
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But now I am return'd and that war-thoughts
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Have left their places vacant, in their rooms
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Come thronging soft and delicate desires,
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All prompting me how fair young Hero is,
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Saying, I liked her ere I went to wars.
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Thou wilt be like a lover presently
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And tire the hearer with a book of words.
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If thou dost love fair Hero, cherish it,
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And I will break with her and with her father,
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And thou shalt have her. Was't not to this end
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That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?
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How sweetly you do minister to love,
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That know love's grief by his complexion!
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But lest my liking might too sudden seem,
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I would have salved it with a longer treatise.
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What need the bridge much broader than the flood?
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The fairest grant is the necessity.
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Look, what will serve is fit: 'tis once, thou lovest,
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And I will fit thee with the remedy.
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I know we shall have revelling to-night:
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I will assume thy part in some disguise
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And tell fair Hero I am Claudio,
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And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart
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And take her hearing prisoner with the force
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And strong encounter of my amorous tale:
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Then after to her father will I break;
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And the conclusion is, she shall be thine.
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In practise let us put it presently.
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SCENE II. A room in LEONATO's house.

Scene 2 of Act 1 of Much Ado About Nothing begins with Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick arriving at Leonato's house in Messina. They are greeted by Leonato, his daughter Hero, and his niece Beatrice. Don Pedro informs Leonato that they will be staying at his house for a month. Claudio immediately falls in love with Hero and asks Don Pedro to help him win her over. Don Pedro agrees and plans to woo Hero on Claudio's behalf.

Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice engage in a witty exchange of insults, revealing their past romantic history. Beatrice tells Benedick that he is a "very dull fool" and Benedick retorts that she is "too costly" to be worth pursuing. They continue to banter back and forth, with Beatrice claiming that she will never marry and Benedick stating that he will remain a bachelor forever.

As the scene progresses, Don John, Don Pedro's illegitimate brother, arrives and makes it clear that he is not happy about his brother's success. He tells his companions, Borachio and Conrade, that he plans to cause trouble during their stay in Messina. Don John is clearly a villainous character and his arrival foreshadows trouble to come.

The scene ends with Leonato inviting everyone to a masquerade ball that he is hosting that night. Don Pedro agrees to attend and promises to help Claudio win Hero's heart.

Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO, meeting

How now, brother! Where is my cousin, your son?
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hath he provided this music?
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He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell
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you strange news that you yet dreamt not of.
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Are they good?
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As the event stamps them: but they have a good
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cover; they show well outward. The prince and Count
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Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached alley in mine
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orchard, were thus much overheard by a man of mine:
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the prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my
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niece your daughter and meant to acknowledge it
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this night in a dance: and if he found her
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accordant, he meant to take the present time by the
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top and instantly break with you of it.
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Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?
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A good sharp fellow: I will send for him; and
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question him yourself.
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No, no; we will hold it as a dream till it appear
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itself: but I will acquaint my daughter withal,
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that she may be the better prepared for an answer,
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if peradventure this be true. Go you and tell her of it.
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Cousins, you know what you have to do. O, I cry you
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mercy, friend; go you with me, and I will use your
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skill. Good cousin, have a care this busy time.
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SCENE III. The same.

Scene 3 of Act 1 of Much Ado About Nothing takes place in the courtyard of Leonato's house. Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick have just arrived, and Leonato welcomes them warmly. Don Pedro tells Leonato that he and his companions are there to stay for a month, and Leonato agrees to host them.

Claudio is immediately taken with Leonato's daughter, Hero, whom he has not seen for some time. He asks Benedick if he knows her, and Benedick replies that he does not, but that he has heard she is beautiful. Don Pedro suggests that they all go inside to rest, but Benedick insists on staying outside to chat with Leonato.

As they talk, they are interrupted by the arrival of Don John, Don Pedro's illegitimate brother. Don John is sullen and withdrawn, and Leonato is wary of him. Don Pedro greets Don John warmly, but Don John is clearly not interested in socializing with the others. He tells Don Pedro that he is feeling ill and needs to rest, and Don Pedro allows him to retire to his room.

After Don John leaves, Leonato tells the others that Don John is a troublemaker and that they should be careful around him. Claudio asks Leonato for permission to court Hero, and Leonato agrees, telling Claudio that he sees him as a son. Benedick teases Claudio about his newfound infatuation, but Claudio is too smitten to care.

The scene ends with Benedick and Leonato discussing the nature of love. Leonato tells Benedick that he will never understand love until he falls in love himself, but Benedick insists that he will never be in love. The two men banter back and forth until Leonato finally gives up and goes inside.


What the good-year, my lord! why are you thus out
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of measure sad?
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There is no measure in the occasion that breeds;
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therefore the sadness is without limit.
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You should hear reason.
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And when I have heard it, what blessing brings it?
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If not a present remedy, at least a patient
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I wonder that thou, being, as thou sayest thou art,
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born under Saturn, goest about to apply a moral
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medicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot hide
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what I am: I must be sad when I have cause and smile
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at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
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for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
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tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
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claw no man in his humour.
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Yea, but you must not make the full show of this
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till you may do it without controlment. You have of
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late stood out against your brother, and he hath
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ta'en you newly into his grace; where it is
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impossible you should take true root but by the
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fair weather that you make yourself: it is needful
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that you frame the season for your own harvest.
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I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
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his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
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disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
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love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
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be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
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but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
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a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
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have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
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mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
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my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
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seek not to alter me.
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Can you make no use of your discontent?
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I make all use of it, for I use it only.
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Who comes here?
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What news, Borachio?
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I came yonder from a great supper: the prince your
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brother is royally entertained by Leonato: and I
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can give you intelligence of an intended marriage.
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Will it serve for any model to build mischief on?
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What is he for a fool that betroths himself to
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Marry, it is your brother's right hand.
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Who? the most exquisite Claudio?
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Even he.
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A proper squire! And who, and who? which way looks
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Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir of Leonato.
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A very forward March-chick! How came you to this?
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Being entertained for a perfumer, as I was smoking a
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musty room, comes me the prince and Claudio, hand
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in hand in sad conference: I whipt me behind the
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arras; and there heard it agreed upon that the
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prince should woo Hero for himself, and having
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obtained her, give her to Count Claudio.
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Come, come, let us thither: this may prove food to
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my displeasure. That young start-up hath all the
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glory of my overthrow: if I can cross him any way, I
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bless myself every way. You are both sure, and will assist me?
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To the death, my lord.
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Let us to the great supper: their cheer is the
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greater that I am subdued. Would the cook were of
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my mind! Shall we go prove what's to be done?
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We'll wait upon your lordship.
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Act II

Act 2 of Much Ado About Nothing sees the plot thickening as Don John, the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro, continues to scheme against Claudio and Hero's upcoming wedding. He plots with his henchmen, Borachio and Conrade, to deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful to him.

Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice continue their witty banter and insults towards each other, while secretly harboring feelings of affection. Their friends, Leonato, Don Pedro, and Claudio, conspire to trick Benedick into believing that Beatrice is in love with him. They plant false love letters for Benedick to find, and he is eventually convinced of Beatrice's affection.

Elsewhere, the plan to deceive Claudio is set into motion. Borachio and Conrade stage a conversation about a woman in Hero's chamber, which is overheard by Claudio and Don Pedro. Believing Hero to be unfaithful, Claudio calls off the wedding and publicly shames Hero at the altar. Leonato and Hero are devastated by the false accusation, and Hero faints from shock.

The act ends with Benedick and Beatrice confessing their love for each other, while Don John and his cohorts celebrate their successful deception.

SCENE I. A hall in LEONATO'S house.

Scene 1 of Act 2 of Much Ado About Nothing is set in a garden. Beatrice, the niece of Leonato, is talking with her friend Ursula about Benedick, a soldier who has been fighting in the war. They discuss how Benedick is arrogant and has sworn off love and marriage. Beatrice declares that she would never marry him even if he were the last man on earth.

Meanwhile, Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, and his companions Claudio and Benedick are also in the garden. Don Pedro and Claudio discuss their plan to make Benedick fall in love with Beatrice. They know that Benedick and Beatrice have a history of witty banter and insults, so they plan to trick Benedick into believing that Beatrice is in love with him.

Benedick, who is nearby but hidden from view, overhears their conversation and is shocked. He cannot believe that Beatrice, who he has always thought of as his equal in wit and intelligence, could be in love with him. He resolves to think about it further and decides to change his ways.

Overall, Scene 1 of Act 2 sets up the main plot of the play, which is the romantic relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. It also highlights the themes of deception and the power of language, as Don Pedro and Claudio use their words to manipulate Benedick's emotions.


Was not Count John here at supper?
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I saw him not.
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How tartly that gentleman looks! I never can see
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him but I am heart-burned an hour after.
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He is of a very melancholy disposition.
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He were an excellent man that were made just in the
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midway between him and Benedick: the one is too
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like an image and says nothing, and the other too
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like my lady's eldest son, evermore tattling.
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Then half Signior Benedick's tongue in Count John's
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mouth, and half Count John's melancholy in Signior
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Benedick's face,--
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With a good leg and a good foot, uncle, and money
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enough in his purse, such a man would win any woman
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in the world, if a' could get her good-will.
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By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a
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husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.
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In faith, she's too curst.
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Too curst is more than curst: I shall lessen God's
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sending that way; for it is said, 'God sends a curst
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cow short horns;' but to a cow too curst he sends none.
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So, by being too curst, God will send you no horns.
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Just, if he send me no husband; for the which
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blessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and
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evening. Lord, I could not endure a husband with a
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beard on his face: I had rather lie in the woollen.
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You may light on a husband that hath no beard.
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What should I do with him? dress him in my apparel
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and make him my waiting-gentlewoman? He that hath a
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beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no
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beard is less than a man: and he that is more than
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a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a
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man, I am not for him: therefore, I will even take
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sixpence in earnest of the bear-ward, and lead his
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apes into hell.
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Well, then, go you into hell?
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No, but to the gate; and there will the devil meet
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me, like an old cuckold, with horns on his head, and
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say 'Get you to heaven, Beatrice, get you to
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heaven; here's no place for you maids:' so deliver
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I up my apes, and away to Saint Peter for the
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heavens; he shows me where the bachelors sit, and
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there live we as merry as the day is long.
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(To HERO) Well, niece, I trust you will be ruled
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by your father.
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Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make curtsy
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and say 'Father, as it please you.' But yet for all
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that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else
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make another curtsy and say 'Father, as it please
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Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.
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Not till God make men of some other metal than
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earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be
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overmastered with a pierce of valiant dust? to make
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an account of her life to a clod of wayward marl?
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No, uncle, I'll none: Adam's sons are my brethren;
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and, truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.
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Daughter, remember what I told you: if the prince
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do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer.
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The fault will be in the music, cousin, if you be
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not wooed in good time: if the prince be too
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important, tell him there is measure in every thing
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and so dance out the answer. For, hear me, Hero:
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wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a Scotch jig,
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a measure, and a cinque pace: the first suit is hot
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and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as
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fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a
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measure, full of state and ancientry; and then comes
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repentance and, with his bad legs, falls into the
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cinque pace faster and faster, till he sink into his grave.
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Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly.
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I have a good eye, uncle; I can see a church by daylight.
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The revellers are entering, brother: make good room.
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All put on their masks


Lady, will you walk about with your friend?
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So you walk softly and look sweetly and say nothing,
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I am yours for the walk; and especially when I walk away.
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With me in your company?
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I may say so, when I please.
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And when please you to say so?
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When I like your favour; for God defend the lute
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should be like the case!
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My visor is Philemon's roof; within the house is Jove.
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Why, then, your visor should be thatched.
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Speak low, if you speak love.
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Drawing her aside

Well, I would you did like me.
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So would not I, for your own sake; for I have many
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Which is one?
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I say my prayers aloud.
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I love you the better: the hearers may cry, Amen.
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God match me with a good dancer!
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And God keep him out of my sight when the dance is
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done! Answer, clerk.
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No more words: the clerk is answered.
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I know you well enough; you are Signior Antonio.
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At a word, I am not.
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I know you by the waggling of your head.
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To tell you true, I counterfeit him.
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You could never do him so ill-well, unless you were
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the very man. Here's his dry hand up and down: you
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are he, you are he.
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At a word, I am not.
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Come, come, do you think I do not know you by your
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excellent wit? can virtue hide itself? Go to,
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mum, you are he: graces will appear, and there's an
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Will you not tell me who told you so?
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No, you shall pardon me.
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Nor will you not tell me who you are?
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Not now.
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That I was disdainful, and that I had my good wit
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out of the 'Hundred Merry Tales:'--well this was
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Signior Benedick that said so.
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What's he?
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I am sure you know him well enough.
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Not I, believe me.
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Did he never make you laugh?
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I pray you, what is he?
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Why, he is the prince's jester: a very dull fool;
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only his gift is in devising impossible slanders:
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none but libertines delight in him; and the
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commendation is not in his wit, but in his villany;
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for he both pleases men and angers them, and then
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they laugh at him and beat him. I am sure he is in
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the fleet: I would he had boarded me.
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When I know the gentleman, I'll tell him what you say.
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Do, do: he'll but break a comparison or two on me;
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which, peradventure not marked or not laughed at,
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strikes him into melancholy; and then there's a
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partridge wing saved, for the fool will eat no
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supper that night.
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We must follow the leaders.
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In every good thing.
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Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave them at
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the next turning.
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Dance. Then exeunt all except DON JOHN, BORACHIO, and CLAUDIO

Sure my brother is amorous on Hero and hath
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withdrawn her father to break with him about it.
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The ladies follow her and but one visor remains.
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And that is Claudio: I know him by his bearing.
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Are not you Signior Benedick?
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You know me well; I am he.
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Signior, you are very near my brother in his love:
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he is enamoured on Hero; I pray you, dissuade him
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from her: she is no equal for his birth: you may
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do the part of an honest man in it.
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How know you he loves her?
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I heard him swear his affection.
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So did I too; and he swore he would marry her to-night.
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Come, let us to the banquet.
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Thus answer I in the name of Benedick,
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But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.
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'Tis certain so; the prince wooes for himself.
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Friendship is constant in all other things
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Save in the office and affairs of love:
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Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues;
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Let every eye negotiate for itself
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And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch
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Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.
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This is an accident of hourly proof,
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Which I mistrusted not. Farewell, therefore, Hero!
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Count Claudio?
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Yea, the same.
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Come, will you go with me?
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Even to the next willow, about your own business,
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county. What fashion will you wear the garland of?
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about your neck, like an usurer's chain? or under
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your arm, like a lieutenant's scarf? You must wear
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it one way, for the prince hath got your Hero.
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I wish him joy of her.
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Why, that's spoken like an honest drovier: so they
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sell bullocks. But did you think the prince would
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have served you thus?
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I pray you, leave me.
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Ho! now you strike like the blind man: 'twas the
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boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat the post.
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If it will not be, I'll leave you.
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Alas, poor hurt fowl! now will he creep into sedges.
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But that my Lady Beatrice should know me, and not
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know me! The prince's fool! Ha? It may be I go
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under that title because I am merry. Yea, but so I
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am apt to do myself wrong; I am not so reputed: it
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is the base, though bitter, disposition of Beatrice
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that puts the world into her person and so gives me
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out. Well, I'll be revenged as I may.
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Re-enter DON PEDRO

Now, signior, where's the count? did you see him?
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Troth, my lord, I have played the part of Lady Fame.
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I found him here as melancholy as a lodge in a
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warren: I told him, and I think I told him true,
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that your grace had got the good will of this young
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lady; and I offered him my company to a willow-tree,
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either to make him a garland, as being forsaken, or
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to bind him up a rod, as being worthy to be whipped.
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To be whipped! What's his fault?
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The flat transgression of a schoolboy, who, being
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overjoyed with finding a birds' nest, shows it his
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companion, and he steals it.
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Wilt thou make a trust a transgression? The
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transgression is in the stealer.
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Yet it had not been amiss the rod had been made,
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and the garland too; for the garland he might have
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worn himself, and the rod he might have bestowed on
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you, who, as I take it, have stolen his birds' nest.
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I will but teach them to sing, and restore them to
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the owner.
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If their singing answer your saying, by my faith,
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you say honestly.
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The Lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to you: the
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gentleman that danced with her told her she is much
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wronged by you.
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O, she misused me past the endurance of a block!
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an oak but with one green leaf on it would have
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answered her; my very visor began to assume life and
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scold with her. She told me, not thinking I had been
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myself, that I was the prince's jester, that I was
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duller than a great thaw; huddling jest upon jest
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with such impossible conveyance upon me that I stood
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like a man at a mark, with a whole army shooting at
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me. She speaks poniards, and every word stabs:
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if her breath were as terrible as her terminations,
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there were no living near her; she would infect to
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the north star. I would not marry her, though she
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were endowed with all that Adam bad left him before
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he transgressed: she would have made Hercules have
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turned spit, yea, and have cleft his club to make
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the fire too. Come, talk not of her: you shall find
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her the infernal Ate in good apparel. I would to God
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some scholar would conjure her; for certainly, while
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she is here, a man may live as quiet in hell as in a
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sanctuary; and people sin upon purpose, because they
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would go thither; so, indeed, all disquiet, horror
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and perturbation follows her.
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Look, here she comes.
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Will your grace command me any service to the
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world's end? I will go on the slightest errand now
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to the Antipodes that you can devise to send me on;
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I will fetch you a tooth-picker now from the
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furthest inch of Asia, bring you the length of
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Prester John's foot, fetch you a hair off the great
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Cham's beard, do you any embassage to the Pigmies,
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rather than hold three words' conference with this
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harpy. You have no employment for me?
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None, but to desire your good company.
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O God, sir, here's a dish I love not: I cannot
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endure my Lady Tongue.
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Come, lady, come; you have lost the heart of
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Signior Benedick.
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Indeed, my lord, he lent it me awhile; and I gave
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him use for it, a double heart for his single one:
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marry, once before he won it of me with false dice,
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therefore your grace may well say I have lost it.
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You have put him down, lady, you have put him down.
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So I would not he should do me, my lord, lest I
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should prove the mother of fools. I have brought
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Count Claudio, whom you sent me to seek.
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Why, how now, count! wherefore are you sad?
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Not sad, my lord.
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How then? sick?
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Neither, my lord.
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The count is neither sad, nor sick, nor merry, nor
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well; but civil count, civil as an orange, and
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something of that jealous complexion.
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I' faith, lady, I think your blazon to be true;
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though, I'll be sworn, if he be so, his conceit is
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false. Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and
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fair Hero is won: I have broke with her father,
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and his good will obtained: name the day of
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marriage, and God give thee joy!
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Count, take of me my daughter, and with her my
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fortunes: his grace hath made the match, and an
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grace say Amen to it.
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Speak, count, 'tis your cue.
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Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were
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but little happy, if I could say how much. Lady, as
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you are mine, I am yours: I give away myself for
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you and dote upon the exchange.
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Speak, cousin; or, if you cannot, stop his mouth
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with a kiss, and let not him speak neither.
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In faith, lady, you have a merry heart.
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Yea, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on
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the windy side of care. My cousin tells him in his
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ear that he is in her heart.
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And so she doth, cousin.
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Good Lord, for alliance! Thus goes every one to the
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world but I, and I am sunburnt; I may sit in a
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corner and cry heigh-ho for a husband!
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Lady Beatrice, I will get you one.
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I would rather have one of your father's getting.
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Hath your grace ne'er a brother like you? Your
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father got excellent husbands, if a maid could come by them.
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Will you have me, lady?
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No, my lord, unless I might have another for
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working-days: your grace is too costly to wear
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every day. But, I beseech your grace, pardon me: I
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was born to speak all mirth and no matter.
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Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best
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becomes you; for, out of question, you were born in
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a merry hour.
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No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there
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was a star danced, and under that was I born.
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Cousins, God give you joy!
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Niece, will you look to those things I told you of?
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I cry you mercy, uncle. By your grace's pardon.
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By my troth, a pleasant-spirited lady.
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There's little of the melancholy element in her, my
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lord: she is never sad but when she sleeps, and
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not ever sad then; for I have heard my daughter say,
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she hath often dreamed of unhappiness and waked
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herself with laughing.
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She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband.
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O, by no means: she mocks all her wooers out of suit.
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She were an excellent wife for Benedict.
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O Lord, my lord, if they were but a week married,
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they would talk themselves mad.
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County Claudio, when mean you to go to church?
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To-morrow, my lord: time goes on crutches till love
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have all his rites.
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Not till Monday, my dear son, which is hence a just
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seven-night; and a time too brief, too, to have all
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things answer my mind.
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Come, you shake the head at so long a breathing:
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but, I warrant thee, Claudio, the time shall not go
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dully by us. I will in the interim undertake one of
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Hercules' labours; which is, to bring Signior
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Benedick and the Lady Beatrice into a mountain of
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affection the one with the other. I would fain have
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it a match, and I doubt not but to fashion it, if
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you three will but minister such assistance as I
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shall give you direction.
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My lord, I am for you, though it cost me ten
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nights' watchings.
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And I, my lord.
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And you too, gentle Hero?
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I will do any modest office, my lord, to help my
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cousin to a good husband.
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And Benedick is not the unhopefullest husband that
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I know. Thus far can I praise him; he is of a noble
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strain, of approved valour and confirmed honesty. I
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will teach you how to humour your cousin, that she
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shall fall in love with Benedick; and I, with your
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two helps, will so practise on Benedick that, in
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despite of his quick wit and his queasy stomach, he
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shall fall in love with Beatrice. If we can do this,
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Cupid is no longer an archer: his glory shall be
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ours, for we are the only love-gods. Go in with me,
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and I will tell you my drift.
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SCENE II. The same.

Scene 2 of Act 2 takes place in a garden at Leonato’s house. In this scene, Don John and his companions, Borachio and Conrade, are plotting to ruin the upcoming wedding between Claudio and Hero. They plan to make it look like Hero is unfaithful to Claudio by having Borachio seduce Margaret, Hero’s maid, while wearing Hero’s clothing so that Claudio and Don Pedro will think it is Hero. Don John hopes that this will cause Claudio to reject Hero at the altar and thus ruin the wedding.

Meanwhile, Benedick, one of the play’s main characters, has just overheard his friends talking about how much Beatrice, another main character, loves him. He is surprised by this news and begins to contemplate his own feelings towards her. Beatrice then enters the garden and, in a witty exchange, teases Benedick about his appearance and intelligence. Benedick responds with his own witty banter, and the two continue to trade insults until Beatrice leaves.

Overall, this scene serves to advance the plot by setting up the deception that will take place at the wedding, as well as to develop the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. It also showcases Shakespeare’s skill at writing clever dialogue and creating complex characters.


It is so; the Count Claudio shall marry the
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daughter of Leonato.
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Yea, my lord; but I can cross it.
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Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be
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medicinable to me: I am sick in displeasure to him,
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and whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges
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evenly with mine. How canst thou cross this marriage?
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Not honestly, my lord; but so covertly that no
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dishonesty shall appear in me.
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Show me briefly how.
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I think I told your lordship a year since, how much
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I am in the favour of Margaret, the waiting
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gentlewoman to Hero.
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I remember.
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I can, at any unseasonable instant of the night,
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appoint her to look out at her lady's chamber window.
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What life is in that, to be the death of this marriage?
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The poison of that lies in you to temper. Go you to
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the prince your brother; spare not to tell him that
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he hath wronged his honour in marrying the renowned
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Claudio--whose estimation do you mightily hold
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up--to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.
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What proof shall I make of that?
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Proof enough to misuse the prince, to vex Claudio,
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to undo Hero and kill Leonato. Look you for any
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other issue?
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Only to despite them, I will endeavour any thing.
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Go, then; find me a meet hour to draw Don Pedro and
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the Count Claudio alone: tell them that you know
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that Hero loves me; intend a kind of zeal both to the
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prince and Claudio, as,--in love of your brother's
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honour, who hath made this match, and his friend's
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reputation, who is thus like to be cozened with the
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semblance of a maid,--that you have discovered
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thus. They will scarcely believe this without trial:
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offer them instances; which shall bear no less
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likelihood than to see me at her chamber-window,
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hear me call Margaret Hero, hear Margaret term me
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Claudio; and bring them to see this the very night
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before the intended wedding,--for in the meantime I
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will so fashion the matter that Hero shall be
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absent,--and there shall appear such seeming truth
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of Hero's disloyalty that jealousy shall be called
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assurance and all the preparation overthrown.
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Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put
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it in practise. Be cunning in the working this, and
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thy fee is a thousand ducats.
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Be you constant in the accusation, and my cunning
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shall not shame me.
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I will presently go learn their day of marriage.
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Scene 3 of Act 2 of Much Ado About Nothing takes place in Leonato's orchard. Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato enter the scene, discussing their plan to trick Benedick into falling in love with Beatrice. They hide behind some trees, and Don Pedro signals to Hero and Ursula to bring Beatrice to the orchard.

As they wait for Beatrice to arrive, Claudio expresses his love for Hero to Leonato, who approves of their relationship. When Beatrice arrives, she is surprised to see Benedick's name written on the trees. Hero and Ursula begin to talk about Benedick's love for Beatrice, hoping that she will overhear them.

Benedick enters the orchard, and Don Pedro and Claudio hide while Leonato and his brother Antonio hide in a nearby arbor. Beatrice teasingly asks Benedick about his love life, and he responds by insulting marriage. Beatrice then tells him that she will never get married, but Benedick tells her that he will never get married either.

Hero and Ursula continue to talk about Benedick's love for Beatrice, and finally, Beatrice overhears them. She is shocked and confused by what she has heard, and leaves the orchard in a daze. Benedick enters the arbor where Don Pedro and Claudio are hiding, and they convince him that Beatrice is in love with him. Benedick is skeptical at first, but eventually believes them.

The scene ends with Benedick expressing his newfound love for Beatrice, while Don Pedro and Claudio celebrate their successful plan.



Enter Boy

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In my chamber-window lies a book: bring it hither
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to me in the orchard.
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I am here already, sir.
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I know that; but I would have thee hence, and here again.
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I do much wonder that one man, seeing how much
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another man is a fool when he dedicates his
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behaviors to love, will, after he hath laughed at
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such shallow follies in others, become the argument
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of his own scorn by failing in love: and such a man
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is Claudio. I have known when there was no music
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with him but the drum and the fife; and now had he
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rather hear the tabour and the pipe: I have known
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when he would have walked ten mile a-foot to see a
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good armour; and now will he lie ten nights awake,
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carving the fashion of a new doublet. He was wont to
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speak plain and to the purpose, like an honest man
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and a soldier; and now is he turned orthography; his
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words are a very fantastical banquet, just so many
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strange dishes. May I be so converted and see with
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these eyes? I cannot tell; I think not: I will not
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be sworn, but love may transform me to an oyster; but
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I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster
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of me, he shall never make me such a fool. One woman
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is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am
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well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all
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graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in
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my grace. Rich she shall be, that's certain; wise,
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or I'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her;
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fair, or I'll never look on her; mild, or come not
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near me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good
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discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall
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be of what colour it please God. Ha! the prince and
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Monsieur Love! I will hide me in the arbour.
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Come, shall we hear this music?
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Yea, my good lord. How still the evening is,
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As hush'd on purpose to grace harmony!
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See you where Benedick hath hid himself?
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O, very well, my lord: the music ended,
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We'll fit the kid-fox with a pennyworth.
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Enter BALTHASAR with Music

Come, Balthasar, we'll hear that song again.
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O, good my lord, tax not so bad a voice
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To slander music any more than once.
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It is the witness still of excellency
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To put a strange face on his own perfection.
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I pray thee, sing, and let me woo no more.
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Because you talk of wooing, I will sing;
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Since many a wooer doth commence his suit
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To her he thinks not worthy, yet he wooes,
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Yet will he swear he loves.
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Now, pray thee, come;
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Or, if thou wilt hold longer argument,
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Do it in notes.
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Note this before my notes;
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There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.
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Why, these are very crotchets that he speaks;
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Note, notes, forsooth, and nothing.
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Now, divine air! now is his soul ravished! Is it
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not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out
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of men's bodies? Well, a horn for my money, when
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all's done.
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The Song

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
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Men were deceivers ever,
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One foot in sea and one on shore,
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To one thing constant never:
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Then sigh not so, but let them go,
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And be you blithe and bonny,
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Converting all your sounds of woe
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Into Hey nonny, nonny.
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Sing no more ditties, sing no moe,
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Of dumps so dull and heavy;
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The fraud of men was ever so,
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Since summer first was leafy:
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Then sigh not so, c.
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By my troth, a good song.
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And an ill singer, my lord.
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Ha, no, no, faith; thou singest well enough for a shift.
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An he had been a dog that should have howled thus,
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they would have hanged him: and I pray God his bad
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voice bode no mischief. I had as lief have heard the
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night-raven, come what plague could have come after
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Yea, marry, dost thou hear, Balthasar? I pray thee,
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get us some excellent music; for to-morrow night we
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would have it at the Lady Hero's chamber-window.
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The best I can, my lord.
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Do so: farewell.
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Come hither, Leonato. What was it you told me of
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to-day, that your niece Beatrice was in love with
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Signior Benedick?
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O, ay: stalk on. stalk on; the fowl sits. I did
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never think that lady would have loved any man.
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No, nor I neither; but most wonderful that she
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should so dote on Signior Benedick, whom she hath in
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all outward behaviors seemed ever to abhor.
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Is't possible? Sits the wind in that corner?
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By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to think
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of it but that she loves him with an enraged
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affection: it is past the infinite of thought.
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May be she doth but counterfeit.
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Faith, like enough.
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O God, counterfeit! There was never counterfeit of
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passion came so near the life of passion as she
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discovers it.
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Why, what effects of passion shows she?
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Bait the hook well; this fish will bite.
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What effects, my lord? She will sit you, you heard
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my daughter tell you how.
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She did, indeed.
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How, how, pray you? You amaze me: I would have I
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thought her spirit had been invincible against all
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assaults of affection.
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I would have sworn it had, my lord; especially
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against Benedick.
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I should think this a gull, but that the
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white-bearded fellow speaks it: knavery cannot,
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sure, hide himself in such reverence.
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He hath ta'en the infection: hold it up.
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Hath she made her affection known to Benedick?
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No; and swears she never will: that's her torment.
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'Tis true, indeed; so your daughter says: 'Shall
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I,' says she, 'that have so oft encountered him
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with scorn, write to him that I love him?'
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This says she now when she is beginning to write to
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him; for she'll be up twenty times a night, and
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there will she sit in her smock till she have writ a
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sheet of paper: my daughter tells us all.
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Now you talk of a sheet of paper, I remember a
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pretty jest your daughter told us of.
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O, when she had writ it and was reading it over, she
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found Benedick and Beatrice between the sheet?
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O, she tore the letter into a thousand halfpence;
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railed at herself, that she should be so immodest
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to write to one that she knew would flout her; 'I
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measure him,' says she, 'by my own spirit; for I
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should flout him, if he writ to me; yea, though I
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love him, I should.'
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Then down upon her knees she falls, weeps, sobs,
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beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, curses; 'O
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sweet Benedick! God give me patience!'
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She doth indeed; my daughter says so: and the
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ecstasy hath so much overborne her that my daughter
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is sometime afeared she will do a desperate outrage
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to herself: it is very true.
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It were good that Benedick knew of it by some
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other, if she will not discover it.
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To what end? He would make but a sport of it and
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torment the poor lady worse.
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An he should, it were an alms to hang him. She's an
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excellent sweet lady; and, out of all suspicion,
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she is virtuous.
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And she is exceeding wise.
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In every thing but in loving Benedick.
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O, my lord, wisdom and blood combating in so tender
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a body, we have ten proofs to one that blood hath
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the victory. I am sorry for her, as I have just
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cause, being her uncle and her guardian.
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I would she had bestowed this dotage on me: I would
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have daffed all other respects and made her half
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myself. I pray you, tell Benedick of it, and hear
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what a' will say.
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Were it good, think you?
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Hero thinks surely she will die; for she says she
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will die, if he love her not, and she will die, ere
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she make her love known, and she will die, if he woo
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her, rather than she will bate one breath of her
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accustomed crossness.
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She doth well: if she should make tender of her
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love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it; for the
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man, as you know all, hath a contemptible spirit.
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He is a very proper man.
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He hath indeed a good outward happiness.
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Before God! and, in my mind, very wise.
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He doth indeed show some sparks that are like wit.
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And I take him to be valiant.
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As Hector, I assure you: and in the managing of
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quarrels you may say he is wise; for either he
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avoids them with great discretion, or undertakes
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them with a most Christian-like fear.
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If he do fear God, a' must necessarily keep peace:
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if he break the peace, he ought to enter into a
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quarrel with fear and trembling.
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And so will he do; for the man doth fear God,
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howsoever it seems not in him by some large jests
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he will make. Well I am sorry for your niece. Shall
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we go seek Benedick, and tell him of her love?
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Never tell him, my lord: let her wear it out with
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good counsel.
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Nay, that's impossible: she may wear her heart out first.
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Well, we will hear further of it by your daughter:
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let it cool the while. I love Benedick well; and I
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could wish he would modestly examine himself, to see
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how much he is unworthy so good a lady.
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My lord, will you walk? dinner is ready.
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If he do not dote on her upon this, I will never
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trust my expectation.
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Let there be the same net spread for her; and that
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must your daughter and her gentlewomen carry. The
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sport will be, when they hold one an opinion of
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another's dotage, and no such matter: that's the
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scene that I would see, which will be merely a
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dumb-show. Let us send her to call him in to dinner.
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(Coming forward) This can be no trick: the
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conference was sadly borne. They have the truth of
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this from Hero. They seem to pity the lady: it
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seems her affections have their full bent. Love me!
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why, it must be requited. I hear how I am censured:
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they say I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive
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the love come from her; they say too that she will
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rather die than give any sign of affection. I did
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never think to marry: I must not seem proud: happy
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are they that hear their detractions and can put
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them to mending. They say the lady is fair; 'tis a
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truth, I can bear them witness; and virtuous; 'tis
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so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving
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me; by my troth, it is no addition to her wit, nor
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no great argument of her folly, for I will be
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horribly in love with her. I may chance have some
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odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me,
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because I have railed so long against marriage: but
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doth not the appetite alter? a man loves the meat
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in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
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Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of
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the brain awe a man from the career of his humour?
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No, the world must be peopled. When I said I would
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die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I
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were married. Here comes Beatrice. By this day!
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she's a fair lady: I do spy some marks of love in
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Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.
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Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains.
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I took no more pains for those thanks than you take
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pains to thank me: if it had been painful, I would
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not have come.
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You take pleasure then in the message?
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Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knife's
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point and choke a daw withal. You have no stomach,
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signior: fare you well.
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Ha! 'Against my will I am sent to bid you come in
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to dinner;' there's a double meaning in that 'I took
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no more pains for those thanks than you took pains
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to thank me.' that's as much as to say, Any pains
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that I take for you is as easy as thanks. If I do
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not take pity of her, I am a villain; if I do not
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love her, I am a Jew. I will go get her picture.
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Act 3 of Much Ado About Nothing sees the plot thicken as Don John's plan to ruin Hero's reputation begins to unfold. Don John's henchmen, Borachio and Conrad, make a plan to deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful to him. They stage a scene outside Hero's window, where Borachio is seen wooing Margaret, Hero's gentlewoman, while calling her by Hero's name. Claudio, Don Pedro, and Don John witness the scene and believe that Hero is being unfaithful to Claudio.

The next day, at Hero and Claudio's wedding, Claudio publicly shames Hero by accusing her of infidelity in front of everyone. Hero faints and is taken away, while Beatrice tries to defend her cousin's honor. Meanwhile, Dogberry, the bumbling constable, and his watchmen stumble upon Borachio and Conrad discussing their role in the deception. The constable tries to report his findings to the authorities, but his malapropisms and confusion result in a comic misunderstanding.

Overall, Act 3 sets the stage for the resolution of the play's central conflict, as the audience is left wondering whether Hero's reputation can be restored and whether Claudio and Hero can be reunited. It also highlights the themes of deception, honor, and the power of language to shape perception.


Scene 1 of Act 3 of "Much Ado About Nothing" takes place in a garden and begins with two characters, Leonato and his brother Antonio, discussing their plans to marry off their respective children. Leonato suggests that his daughter, Hero, would make a good match for Claudio, a young soldier who is currently staying with them. Antonio agrees and they both decide to bring Claudio into the conversation.

When Claudio arrives, Leonato and Antonio begin to discuss the possibility of him marrying Hero. Claudio seems hesitant at first, but eventually agrees to consider it. Just then, Don Pedro, the prince of Aragon, and his companions, Benedick and Beatrice, enter the garden. Don Pedro asks what they are discussing and Leonato tells him about the potential marriage between Claudio and Hero.

Benedick and Beatrice, who have a history of witty banter and verbal sparring, begin to tease each other about their own views on marriage. Beatrice declares that she will never marry, while Benedick claims that he will only marry if he finds the perfect woman who meets all of his criteria. Don Pedro suggests that they should try to matchmake Benedick and Beatrice, but they both dismiss the idea.

Claudio interrupts their conversation to announce that he has decided to marry Hero. Don Pedro is pleased and offers to help arrange the wedding. The scene ends with the group making plans to celebrate the engagement.


Good Margaret, run thee to the parlor;
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There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice
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Proposing with the prince and Claudio:
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Whisper her ear and tell her, I and Ursula
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Walk in the orchard and our whole discourse
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Is all of her; say that thou overheard'st us;
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And bid her steal into the pleached bower,
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Where honeysuckles, ripen'd by the sun,
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Forbid the sun to enter, like favourites,
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Made proud by princes, that advance their pride
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Against that power that bred it: there will she hide her,
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To listen our purpose. This is thy office;
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Bear thee well in it and leave us alone.
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I'll make her come, I warrant you, presently.
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Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come,
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As we do trace this alley up and down,
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Our talk must only be of Benedick.
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When I do name him, let it be thy part
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To praise him more than ever man did merit:
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My talk to thee must be how Benedick
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Is sick in love with Beatrice. Of this matter
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Is little Cupid's crafty arrow made,
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That only wounds by hearsay.
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Now begin;
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For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs
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Close by the ground, to hear our conference.
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The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
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Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
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And greedily devour the treacherous bait:
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So angle we for Beatrice; who even now
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Is couched in the woodbine coverture.
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Fear you not my part of the dialogue.
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Then go we near her, that her ear lose nothing
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Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it.
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No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful;
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I know her spirits are as coy and wild
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As haggerds of the rock.
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But are you sure
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That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely?
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So says the prince and my new-trothed lord.
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And did they bid you tell her of it, madam?
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They did entreat me to acquaint her of it;
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But I persuaded them, if they loved Benedick,
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To wish him wrestle with affection,
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And never to let Beatrice know of it.
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Why did you so? Doth not the gentleman
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Deserve as full as fortunate a bed
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As ever Beatrice shall couch upon?
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O god of love! I know he doth deserve
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As much as may be yielded to a man:
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But Nature never framed a woman's heart
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Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice;
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Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,
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Misprising what they look on, and her wit
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Values itself so highly that to her
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All matter else seems weak: she cannot love,
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Nor take no shape nor project of affection,
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She is so self-endeared.
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Sure, I think so;
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And therefore certainly it were not good
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She knew his love, lest she make sport at it.
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Why, you speak truth. I never yet saw man,
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How wise, how noble, young, how rarely featured,
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But she would spell him backward: if fair-faced,
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She would swear the gentleman should be her sister;
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If black, why, Nature, drawing of an antique,
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Made a foul blot; if tall, a lance ill-headed;
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If low, an agate very vilely cut;
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If speaking, why, a vane blown with all winds;
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If silent, why, a block moved with none.
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So turns she every man the wrong side out
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And never gives to truth and virtue that
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Which simpleness and merit purchaseth.
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Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.
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No, not to be so odd and from all fashions
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As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable:
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But who dare tell her so? If I should speak,
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She would mock me into air; O, she would laugh me
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Out of myself, press me to death with wit.
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Therefore let Benedick, like cover'd fire,
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Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly:
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It were a better death than die with mocks,
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Which is as bad as die with tickling.
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Yet tell her of it: hear what she will say.
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No; rather I will go to Benedick
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And counsel him to fight against his passion.
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And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders
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To stain my cousin with: one doth not know
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How much an ill word may empoison liking.
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O, do not do your cousin such a wrong.
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She cannot be so much without true judgment--
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Having so swift and excellent a wit
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As she is prized to have--as to refuse
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So rare a gentleman as Signior Benedick.
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He is the only man of Italy.
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Always excepted my dear Claudio.
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I pray you, be not angry with me, madam,
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Speaking my fancy: Signior Benedick,
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For shape, for bearing, argument and valour,
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Goes foremost in report through Italy.
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Indeed, he hath an excellent good name.
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His excellence did earn it, ere he had it.
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When are you married, madam?
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Why, every day, to-morrow. Come, go in:
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I'll show thee some attires, and have thy counsel
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Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow.
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She's limed, I warrant you: we have caught her, madam.
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If it proves so, then loving goes by haps:
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Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
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Exeunt HERO and URSULA

(Coming forward)
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What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?
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Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much?
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Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu!
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No glory lives behind the back of such.
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And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee,
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Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand:
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If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee
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To bind our loves up in a holy band;
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For others say thou dost deserve, and I
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Believe it better than reportingly.
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SCENE II. A room in LEONATO'S house

Scene 2 of Act 3 involves a conversation between two characters, Hero and Ursula, discussing the possibility of Beatrice being in love with Benedick. Hero wants Ursula to help bring Beatrice and Benedick together, but Ursula is skeptical of their potential relationship.

Hero suggests that they begin by eavesdropping on a conversation between Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick, hoping to gain insight into Benedick's feelings. Ursula agrees to help and they hide nearby as the men approach.

As they listen in, the men discuss Benedick's love for Beatrice, which he denies vehemently. Don Pedro suggests that they trick Benedick into believing that Beatrice is in love with him, and Benedick agrees to the plan.

Hero and Ursula are excited by this development and hope that it will lead to a happy ending for Beatrice and Benedick. The scene ends with them continuing to discuss their plan and the potential consequences.


I do but stay till your marriage be consummate, and
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then go I toward Arragon.
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I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll
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vouchsafe me.
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Nay, that would be as great a soil in the new gloss
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of your marriage as to show a child his new coat
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and forbid him to wear it. I will only be bold
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with Benedick for his company; for, from the crown
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of his head to the sole of his foot, he is all
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mirth: he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's
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bow-string and the little hangman dare not shoot at
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him; he hath a heart as sound as a bell and his
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tongue is the clapper, for what his heart thinks his
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tongue speaks.
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Gallants, I am not as I have been.
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So say I methinks you are sadder.
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I hope he be in love.
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Hang him, truant! there's no true drop of blood in
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him, to be truly touched with love: if he be sad,
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he wants money.
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I have the toothache.
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Draw it.
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Hang it!
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You must hang it first, and draw it afterwards.
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What! sigh for the toothache?
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Where is but a humour or a worm.
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Well, every one can master a grief but he that has
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Yet say I, he is in love.
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There is no appearance of fancy in him, unless it be
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a fancy that he hath to strange disguises; as, to be
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a Dutchman today, a Frenchman to-morrow, or in the
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shape of two countries at once, as, a German from
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the waist downward, all slops, and a Spaniard from
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the hip upward, no doublet. Unless he have a fancy
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to this foolery, as it appears he hath, he is no
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fool for fancy, as you would have it appear he is.
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If he be not in love with some woman, there is no
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believing old signs: a' brushes his hat o'
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mornings; what should that bode?
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Hath any man seen him at the barber's?
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No, but the barber's man hath been seen with him,
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and the old ornament of his cheek hath already
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stuffed tennis-balls.
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Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by the loss of a beard.
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Nay, a' rubs himself with civet: can you smell him
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out by that?
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That's as much as to say, the sweet youth's in love.
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The greatest note of it is his melancholy.
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And when was he wont to wash his face?
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Yea, or to paint himself? for the which, I hear
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what they say of him.
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Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now crept into
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a lute-string and now governed by stops.
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Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him: conclude,
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conclude he is in love.
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Nay, but I know who loves him.
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That would I know too: I warrant, one that knows him not.
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Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in despite of
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all, dies for him.
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She shall be buried with her face upwards.
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Yet is this no charm for the toothache. Old
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signior, walk aside with me: I have studied eight
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or nine wise words to speak to you, which these
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hobby-horses must not hear.
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For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.
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'Tis even so. Hero and Margaret have by this
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played their parts with Beatrice; and then the two
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bears will not bite one another when they meet.
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My lord and brother, God save you!
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Good den, brother.
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If your leisure served, I would speak with you.
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In private?
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If it please you: yet Count Claudio may hear; for
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what I would speak of concerns him.
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What's the matter?
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(To CLAUDIO) Means your lordship to be married
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You know he does.
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I know not that, when he knows what I know.
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If there be any impediment, I pray you discover it.
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You may think I love you not: let that appear
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hereafter, and aim better at me by that I now will
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manifest. For my brother, I think he holds you
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well, and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect
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your ensuing marriage;--surely suit ill spent and
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labour ill bestowed.
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Why, what's the matter?
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I came hither to tell you; and, circumstances
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shortened, for she has been too long a talking of,
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the lady is disloyal.
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Who, Hero?
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Even she; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, every man's Hero:
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The word is too good to paint out her wickedness; I
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could say she were worse: think you of a worse
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title, and I will fit her to it. Wonder not till
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further warrant: go but with me to-night, you shall
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see her chamber-window entered, even the night
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before her wedding-day: if you love her then,
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to-morrow wed her; but it would better fit your honour
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to change your mind.
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May this be so?
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I will not think it.
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If you dare not trust that you see, confess not
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that you know: if you will follow me, I will show
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you enough; and when you have seen more and heard
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more, proceed accordingly.
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If I see any thing to-night why I should not marry
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her to-morrow in the congregation, where I should
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wed, there will I shame her.
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And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will join
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with thee to disgrace her.
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I will disparage her no farther till you are my
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witnesses: bear it coldly but till midnight, and
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let the issue show itself.
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O day untowardly turned!
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O mischief strangely thwarting!
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O plague right well prevented! so will you say when
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you have seen the sequel.
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SCENE III. A street.

The third scene of the third act begins with Don John, the brother of Don Pedro, and his henchman Borachio discussing their plan to deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero, his fiancé, is unfaithful. They plan to have Borachio seduce Margaret, a chambermaid who looks similar to Hero, outside Hero's window. Don John hopes that this will cause Claudio to cancel the wedding and embarrass Don Pedro.

Later, in the same scene, Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato (Hero's father) discuss the upcoming wedding. Claudio expresses his doubts about Hero's fidelity, and Don Pedro offers to help him find out the truth. Leonato is shocked and defends his daughter, but Claudio remains skeptical.

At the end of the scene, Don John and Borachio carry out their plan, and Claudio sees what he believes to be Hero's infidelity. He is devastated and vows to publicly shame her at their wedding the next day.

Enter DOGBERRY and VERGES with the Watch

Are you good men and true?
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Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer
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salvation, body and soul.
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Nay, that were a punishment too good for them, if
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they should have any allegiance in them, being
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chosen for the prince's watch.
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Well, give them their charge, neighbour Dogberry.
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First, who think you the most desertless man to be
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First Watchman
Hugh Otecake, sir, or George Seacole; for they can
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write and read.
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Come hither, neighbour Seacole. God hath blessed
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you with a good name: to be a well-favoured man is
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the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.
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Second Watchman
Both which, master constable,--
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You have: I knew it would be your answer. Well,
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for your favour, sir, why, give God thanks, and make
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no boast of it; and for your writing and reading,
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let that appear when there is no need of such
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vanity. You are thought here to be the most
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senseless and fit man for the constable of the
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watch; therefore bear you the lantern. This is your
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charge: you shall comprehend all vagrom men; you are
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to bid any man stand, in the prince's name.
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Second Watchman
How if a' will not stand?
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Why, then, take no note of him, but let him go; and
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presently call the rest of the watch together and
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thank God you are rid of a knave.
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If he will not stand when he is bidden, he is none
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of the prince's subjects.
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True, and they are to meddle with none but the
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prince's subjects. You shall also make no noise in
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the streets; for, for the watch to babble and to
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talk is most tolerable and not to be endured.
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We will rather sleep than talk: we know what
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belongs to a watch.
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Why, you speak like an ancient and most quiet
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watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping should
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offend: only, have a care that your bills be not
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stolen. Well, you are to call at all the
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ale-houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed.
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How if they will not?
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Why, then, let them alone till they are sober: if
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they make you not then the better answer, you may
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say they are not the men you took them for.
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Well, sir.
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If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue
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of your office, to be no true man; and, for such
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kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them,
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why the more is for your honesty.
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If we know him to be a thief, shall we not lay
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hands on him?
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Truly, by your office, you may; but I think they
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that touch pitch will be defiled: the most peaceable
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way for you, if you do take a thief, is to let him
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show himself what he is and steal out of your company.
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You have been always called a merciful man, partner.
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Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more
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a man who hath any honesty in him.
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If you hear a child cry in the night, you must call
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to the nurse and bid her still it.
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How if the nurse be asleep and will not hear us?
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Why, then, depart in peace, and let the child wake
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her with crying; for the ewe that will not hear her
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lamb when it baes will never answer a calf when he bleats.
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'Tis very true.
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This is the end of the charge:--you, constable, are
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to present the prince's own person: if you meet the
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prince in the night, you may stay him.
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Nay, by'r our lady, that I think a' cannot.
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Five shillings to one on't, with any man that knows
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the statutes, he may stay him: marry, not without
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the prince be willing; for, indeed, the watch ought
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to offend no man; and it is an offence to stay a
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man against his will.
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By'r lady, I think it be so.
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Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night: an there be
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any matter of weight chances, call up me: keep your
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fellows' counsels and your own; and good night.
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Come, neighbour.
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Well, masters, we hear our charge: let us go sit here
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upon the church-bench till two, and then all to bed.
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One word more, honest neighbours. I pray you watch
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about Signior Leonato's door; for the wedding being
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there to-morrow, there is a great coil to-night.
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Adieu: be vigitant, I beseech you.
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What Conrade!
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(Aside) Peace! stir not.
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Conrade, I say!
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Here, man; I am at thy elbow.
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Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought there would a
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scab follow.
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I will owe thee an answer for that: and now forward
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with thy tale.
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Stand thee close, then, under this pent-house, for
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it drizzles rain; and I will, like a true drunkard,
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utter all to thee.
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(Aside) Some treason, masters: yet stand close.
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Therefore know I have earned of Don John a thousand ducats.
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Is it possible that any villany should be so dear?
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Thou shouldst rather ask if it were possible any
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villany should be so rich; for when rich villains
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have need of poor ones, poor ones may make what
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price they will.
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I wonder at it.
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That shows thou art unconfirmed. Thou knowest that
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the fashion of a doublet, or a hat, or a cloak, is
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nothing to a man.
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Yes, it is apparel.
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I mean, the fashion.
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Yes, the fashion is the fashion.
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Tush! I may as well say the fool's the fool. But
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seest thou not what a deformed thief this fashion
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(Aside) I know that Deformed; a' has been a vile
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thief this seven year; a' goes up and down like a
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gentleman: I remember his name.
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Didst thou not hear somebody?
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No; 'twas the vane on the house.
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Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed thief this
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fashion is? how giddily a' turns about all the hot
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bloods between fourteen and five-and-thirty?
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sometimes fashioning them like Pharaoh's soldiers
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in the reeky painting, sometime like god Bel's
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priests in the old church-window, sometime like the
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shaven Hercules in the smirched worm-eaten tapestry,
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where his codpiece seems as massy as his club?
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All this I see; and I see that the fashion wears
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out more apparel than the man. But art not thou
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thyself giddy with the fashion too, that thou hast
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shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the fashion?
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Not so, neither: but know that I have to-night
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wooed Margaret, the Lady Hero's gentlewoman, by the
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name of Hero: she leans me out at her mistress'
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chamber-window, bids me a thousand times good
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night,--I tell this tale vilely:--I should first
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tell thee how the prince, Claudio and my master,
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planted and placed and possessed by my master Don
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John, saw afar off in the orchard this amiable encounter.
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And thought they Margaret was Hero?
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Two of them did, the prince and Claudio; but the
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devil my master knew she was Margaret; and partly
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by his oaths, which first possessed them, partly by
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the dark night, which did deceive them, but chiefly
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by my villany, which did confirm any slander that
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Don John had made, away went Claudio enraged; swore
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he would meet her, as he was appointed, next morning
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at the temple, and there, before the whole
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congregation, shame her with what he saw o'er night
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and send her home again without a husband.
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First Watchman
We charge you, in the prince's name, stand!
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Second Watchman
Call up the right master constable. We have here
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recovered the most dangerous piece of lechery that
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ever was known in the commonwealth.
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First Watchman
And one Deformed is one of them: I know him; a'
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wears a lock.
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Masters, masters,--
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Second Watchman
You'll be made bring Deformed forth, I warrant you.
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First Watchman
Never speak: we charge you let us obey you to go with us.
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We are like to prove a goodly commodity, being taken
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up of these men's bills.
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A commodity in question, I warrant you. Come, we'll obey you.
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SCENE IV. HERO's apartment.

In Scene 4 of Act 3, two characters discuss a plan to make another character believe that his love interest is unfaithful. The first character suggests that they should pretend to overhear a conversation between the woman and another man, in which they discuss their love for each other. The second character agrees and they proceed to set up the scene.

As they wait for the woman and the man to arrive, they discuss the potential consequences of their plan. The first character expresses concern that the man might become so enraged that he would harm the woman. The second character dismisses this possibility and insists that their plan is foolproof.

When the woman and the man finally arrive, the first character signals to the second character that it is time to begin their performance. They hide and listen as the woman and the man engage in a seemingly romantic conversation. However, the audience knows that their conversation is actually part of the plan and that they are only pretending to be in love.

After the woman and the man leave, the first character expresses regret for their actions and worries about the harm that they may have caused. The second character dismisses these concerns and suggests that they should continue with their plan.

Overall, Scene 4 of Act 3 involves a plot to deceive a character and create drama and conflict. It highlights the potential consequences of manipulation and deceit, and raises questions about the morality of such actions.


Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice, and desire
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her to rise.
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I will, lady.
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And bid her come hither.
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Troth, I think your other rabato were better.
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No, pray thee, good Meg, I'll wear this.
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By my troth, 's not so good; and I warrant your
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cousin will say so.
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My cousin's a fool, and thou art another: I'll wear
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none but this.
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I like the new tire within excellently, if the hair
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were a thought browner; and your gown's a most rare
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fashion, i' faith. I saw the Duchess of Milan's
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gown that they praise so.
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O, that exceeds, they say.
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By my troth, 's but a night-gown in respect of
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yours: cloth o' gold, and cuts, and laced with
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silver, set with pearls, down sleeves, side sleeves,
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and skirts, round underborne with a bluish tinsel:
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but for a fine, quaint, graceful and excellent
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fashion, yours is worth ten on 't.
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God give me joy to wear it! for my heart is
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exceeding heavy.
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'Twill be heavier soon by the weight of a man.
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Fie upon thee! art not ashamed?
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Of what, lady? of speaking honourably? Is not
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marriage honourable in a beggar? Is not your lord
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honourable without marriage? I think you would have
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me say, 'saving your reverence, a husband:' and bad
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thinking do not wrest true speaking, I'll offend
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nobody: is there any harm in 'the heavier for a
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husband'? None, I think, and it be the right husband
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and the right wife; otherwise 'tis light, and not
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heavy: ask my Lady Beatrice else; here she comes.
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Good morrow, coz.
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Good morrow, sweet Hero.
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Why how now? do you speak in the sick tune?
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I am out of all other tune, methinks.
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Clap's into 'Light o' love;' that goes without a
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burden: do you sing it, and I'll dance it.
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Ye light o' love, with your heels! then, if your
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husband have stables enough, you'll see he shall
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lack no barns.
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O illegitimate construction! I scorn that with my heels.
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'Tis almost five o'clock, cousin; tis time you were
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ready. By my troth, I am exceeding ill: heigh-ho!
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For a hawk, a horse, or a husband?
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For the letter that begins them all, H.
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Well, and you be not turned Turk, there's no more
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sailing by the star.
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What means the fool, trow?
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Nothing I; but God send every one their heart's desire!
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These gloves the count sent me; they are an
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excellent perfume.
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I am stuffed, cousin; I cannot smell.
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A maid, and stuffed! there's goodly catching of cold.
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O, God help me! God help me! how long have you
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professed apprehension?
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Even since you left it. Doth not my wit become me rarely?
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It is not seen enough, you should wear it in your
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cap. By my troth, I am sick.
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Get you some of this distilled Carduus Benedictus,
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and lay it to your heart: it is the only thing for a qualm.
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There thou prickest her with a thistle.
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Benedictus! why Benedictus? you have some moral in
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this Benedictus.
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Moral! no, by my troth, I have no moral meaning; I
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meant, plain holy-thistle. You may think perchance
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that I think you are in love: nay, by'r lady, I am
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not such a fool to think what I list, nor I list
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not to think what I can, nor indeed I cannot think,
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if I would think my heart out of thinking, that you
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are in love or that you will be in love or that you
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can be in love. Yet Benedick was such another, and
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now is he become a man: he swore he would never
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marry, and yet now, in despite of his heart, he eats
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his meat without grudging: and how you may be
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converted I know not, but methinks you look with
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your eyes as other women do.
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What pace is this that thy tongue keeps?
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Not a false gallop.
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Re-enter URSULA

Madam, withdraw: the prince, the count, Signior
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Benedick, Don John, and all the gallants of the
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town, are come to fetch you to church.
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Help to dress me, good coz, good Meg, good Ursula.
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SCENE V. Another room in LEONATO'S house.

In Scene 5 of Act 3, a group of characters gather in the orchard to discuss the upcoming wedding of Claudio and Hero. Beatrice and Benedick, who have been engaging in witty banter throughout the play, are also present. Don Pedro, Claudio's friend and the leader of the group, comes up with a plan to make Benedick fall in love with Beatrice. He suggests that they stage a conversation in which they discuss how much Beatrice is in love with Benedick, knowing that Benedick is eavesdropping. The group agrees to the plan.

After Don Pedro and the others leave, Benedick emerges from hiding and reflects on what he has overheard. He is initially skeptical of the idea that Beatrice loves him, but as he thinks about it more, he begins to entertain the possibility. He decides that he will try to love her in return, even though he previously swore off marriage and love.

Beatrice also emerges from hiding, and Benedick confronts her about the conversation he overheard. They argue, but eventually confess their love for each other. Meanwhile, Don John, the villain of the play, is plotting to ruin Claudio and Hero's wedding by making it look like Hero is unfaithful.

Overall, Scene 5 of Act 3 is an important turning point in the play. It sets up the resolution of the main plot and also provides a satisfying conclusion to the subplot involving Beatrice and Benedick's relationship.


What would you with me, honest neighbour?
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Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with you
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that decerns you nearly.
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Brief, I pray you; for you see it is a busy time with me.
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Marry, this it is, sir.
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Yes, in truth it is, sir.
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What is it, my good friends?
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Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the
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matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are not so
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blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but,
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in faith, honest as the skin between his brows.
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Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living
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that is an old man and no honester than I.
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Comparisons are odorous: palabras, neighbour Verges.
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Neighbours, you are tedious.
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It pleases your worship to say so, but we are the
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poor duke's officers; but truly, for mine own part,
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if I were as tedious as a king, I could find it in
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my heart to bestow it all of your worship.
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All thy tediousness on me, ah?
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Yea, an 'twere a thousand pound more than 'tis; for
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I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any
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man in the city; and though I be but a poor man, I
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am glad to hear it.
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And so am I.
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I would fain know what you have to say.
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Marry, sir, our watch to-night, excepting your
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worship's presence, ha' ta'en a couple of as arrant
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knaves as any in Messina.
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A good old man, sir; he will be talking: as they
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say, when the age is in, the wit is out: God help
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us! it is a world to see. Well said, i' faith,
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neighbour Verges: well, God's a good man; an two men
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ride of a horse, one must ride behind. An honest
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soul, i' faith, sir; by my troth he is, as ever
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broke bread; but God is to be worshipped; all men
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are not alike; alas, good neighbour!
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Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short of you.
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Gifts that God gives.
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I must leave you.
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One word, sir: our watch, sir, have indeed
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comprehended two aspicious persons, and we would
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have them this morning examined before your worship.
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Take their examination yourself and bring it me: I
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am now in great haste, as it may appear unto you.
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It shall be suffigance.
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Drink some wine ere you go: fare you well.
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Enter a Messenger

My lord, they stay for you to give your daughter to
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her husband.
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I'll wait upon them: I am ready.
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Exeunt LEONATO and Messenger

Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacole;
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bid him bring his pen and inkhorn to the gaol: we
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are now to examination these men.
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And we must do it wisely.
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We will spare for no wit, I warrant you; here's
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that shall drive some of them to a non-come: only
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get the learned writer to set down our
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excommunication and meet me at the gaol.
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Act IV

Act 4 of Much Ado About Nothing sees the unraveling of the plot to ruin Hero's reputation. Claudio, Don Pedro, and Leonato are convinced by Don John that Hero is unfaithful and they plan to shame her publicly at her wedding ceremony. Meanwhile, Beatrice and Benedick have finally confessed their love for each other.

At the wedding, Claudio accuses Hero of being unfaithful and calls off the wedding. Hero faints and is taken away by her family. Beatrice and Benedick are devastated by the turn of events and decide to take action. They confront Claudio and challenge him to a duel to defend Hero's honor.

Before the duel can take place, the local constable, Dogberry, and his assistant, Verges, arrive with news that they have arrested Borachio, who has confessed to his role in the plot to ruin Hero's reputation. Dogberry and Verges are bumbling and inept, but their testimony is enough to clear Hero's name and restore her honor.

Claudio is filled with remorse and agrees to marry Leonato's niece, who turns out to be Hero in disguise. Benedick and Beatrice also agree to marry. The play ends with a song celebrating the power of love to overcome all obstacles.

SCENE I. A church.

Act 4, Scene 1 of "Much Ado About Nothing" begins with Leonato, the Governor of Messina, and Friar Francis discussing the recent events involving Hero, Leonato's daughter. Hero has been accused of infidelity by Claudio, her fiancé, and publicly shamed at their wedding ceremony. Leonato is devastated by the accusations and believes his daughter to be innocent.

The friar has a plan to prove Hero's innocence and restore her reputation. He suggests that they fake Hero's death and spread rumors that she died of shock from the accusations. This plan will cause Claudio to feel guilty for his actions and repent. Leonato agrees to the plan and they leave to prepare for the fake funeral.

Meanwhile, Benedick, one of the main characters, arrives in the garden and is overcome with grief. He has just overheard his friends talking about Beatrice, the woman he loves, and how she secretly loves him in return. Benedick decides to confess his love to Beatrice and promises to do anything to prove his devotion to her.

Beatrice appears and, after some teasing banter, confesses her love to Benedick as well. They pledge their love for each other and decide to get married. However, their moment of happiness is interrupted by the news of Hero's death. Benedick is shocked and heartbroken, while Beatrice vows to seek revenge on Claudio for causing Hero's death.

The scene ends with Benedick and Beatrice leaving to attend Hero's funeral, unaware that it is all part of a plan to clear her name and reunite her with Claudio.


Come, Friar Francis, be brief; only to the plain
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form of marriage, and you shall recount their
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particular duties afterwards.
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You come hither, my lord, to marry this lady.
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To be married to her: friar, you come to marry her.
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Lady, you come hither to be married to this count.
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If either of you know any inward impediment why you
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should not be conjoined, charge you, on your souls,
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to utter it.
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Know you any, Hero?
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None, my lord.
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Know you any, count?
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I dare make his answer, none.
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O, what men dare do! what men may do! what men daily
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do, not knowing what they do!
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How now! interjections? Why, then, some be of
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laughing, as, ah, ha, he!
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Stand thee by, friar. Father, by your leave:
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Will you with free and unconstrained soul
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Give me this maid, your daughter?
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As freely, son, as God did give her me.
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And what have I to give you back, whose worth
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May counterpoise this rich and precious gift?
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Nothing, unless you render her again.
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Sweet prince, you learn me noble thankfulness.
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There, Leonato, take her back again:
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Give not this rotten orange to your friend;
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She's but the sign and semblance of her honour.
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Behold how like a maid she blushes here!
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O, what authority and show of truth
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Can cunning sin cover itself withal!
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Comes not that blood as modest evidence
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To witness simple virtue? Would you not swear,
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All you that see her, that she were a maid,
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By these exterior shows? But she is none:
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She knows the heat of a luxurious bed;
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Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty.
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What do you mean, my lord?
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Not to be married,
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Not to knit my soul to an approved wanton.
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Dear my lord, if you, in your own proof,
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Have vanquish'd the resistance of her youth,
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And made defeat of her virginity,--
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I know what you would say: if I have known her,
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You will say she did embrace me as a husband,
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And so extenuate the 'forehand sin:
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No, Leonato,
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I never tempted her with word too large;
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But, as a brother to his sister, show'd
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Bashful sincerity and comely love.
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And seem'd I ever otherwise to you?
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Out on thee! Seeming! I will write against it:
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You seem to me as Dian in her orb,
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As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown;
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But you are more intemperate in your blood
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Than Venus, or those pamper'd animals
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That rage in savage sensuality.
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Is my lord well, that he doth speak so wide?
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Sweet prince, why speak not you?
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What should I speak?
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I stand dishonour'd, that have gone about
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To link my dear friend to a common stale.
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Are these things spoken, or do I but dream?
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Sir, they are spoken, and these things are true.
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This looks not like a nuptial.
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True! O God!
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Leonato, stand I here?
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Is this the prince? is this the prince's brother?
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Is this face Hero's? are our eyes our own?
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All this is so: but what of this, my lord?
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Let me but move one question to your daughter;
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And, by that fatherly and kindly power
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That you have in her, bid her answer truly.
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I charge thee do so, as thou art my child.
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O, God defend me! how am I beset!
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What kind of catechising call you this?
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To make you answer truly to your name.
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Is it not Hero? Who can blot that name
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With any just reproach?
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Marry, that can Hero;
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Hero itself can blot out Hero's virtue.
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What man was he talk'd with you yesternight
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Out at your window betwixt twelve and one?
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Now, if you are a maid, answer to this.
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I talk'd with no man at that hour, my lord.
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Why, then are you no maiden. Leonato,
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I am sorry you must hear: upon mine honour,
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Myself, my brother and this grieved count
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Did see her, hear her, at that hour last night
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Talk with a ruffian at her chamber-window
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Who hath indeed, most like a liberal villain,
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Confess'd the vile encounters they have had
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A thousand times in secret.
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Fie, fie! they are not to be named, my lord,
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Not to be spoke of;
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There is not chastity enough in language
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Without offence to utter them. Thus, pretty lady,
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I am sorry for thy much misgovernment.
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O Hero, what a Hero hadst thou been,
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If half thy outward graces had been placed
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About thy thoughts and counsels of thy heart!
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But fare thee well, most foul, most fair! farewell,
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Thou pure impiety and impious purity!
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For thee I'll lock up all the gates of love,
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And on my eyelids shall conjecture hang,
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To turn all beauty into thoughts of harm,
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And never shall it more be gracious.
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Hath no man's dagger here a point for me?
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HERO swoons

Why, how now, cousin! wherefore sink you down?
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Come, let us go. These things, come thus to light,
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Smother her spirits up.
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How doth the lady?
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Dead, I think. Help, uncle!
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Hero! why, Hero! Uncle! Signior Benedick! Friar!
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O Fate! take not away thy heavy hand.
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Death is the fairest cover for her shame
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That may be wish'd for.
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How now, cousin Hero!
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Have comfort, lady.
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Dost thou look up?
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Yea, wherefore should she not?
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Wherefore! Why, doth not every earthly thing
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Cry shame upon her? Could she here deny
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The story that is printed in her blood?
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Do not live, Hero; do not ope thine eyes:
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For, did I think thou wouldst not quickly die,
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Thought I thy spirits were stronger than thy shames,
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Myself would, on the rearward of reproaches,
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Strike at thy life. Grieved I, I had but one?
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Chid I for that at frugal nature's frame?
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O, one too much by thee! Why had I one?
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Why ever wast thou lovely in my eyes?
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Why had I not with charitable hand
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Took up a beggar's issue at my gates,
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Who smirch'd thus and mired with infamy,
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I might have said 'No part of it is mine;
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This shame derives itself from unknown loins'?
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But mine and mine I loved and mine I praised
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And mine that I was proud on, mine so much
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That I myself was to myself not mine,
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Valuing of her,--why, she, O, she is fallen
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Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea
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Hath drops too few to wash her clean again
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And salt too little which may season give
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To her foul-tainted flesh!
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Sir, sir, be patient.
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For my part, I am so attired in wonder,
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I know not what to say.
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O, on my soul, my cousin is belied!
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Lady, were you her bedfellow last night?
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No, truly not; although, until last night,
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I have this twelvemonth been her bedfellow.
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Confirm'd, confirm'd! O, that is stronger made
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Which was before barr'd up with ribs of iron!
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Would the two princes lie, and Claudio lie,
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Who loved her so, that, speaking of her foulness,
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Wash'd it with tears? Hence from her! let her die.
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Hear me a little; for I have only been
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Silent so long and given way unto
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This course of fortune
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By noting of the lady. I have mark'd
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A thousand blushing apparitions
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To start into her face, a thousand innocent shames
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In angel whiteness beat away those blushes;
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And in her eye there hath appear'd a fire,
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To burn the errors that these princes hold
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Against her maiden truth. Call me a fool;
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Trust not my reading nor my observations,
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Which with experimental seal doth warrant
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The tenor of my book; trust not my age,
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My reverence, calling, nor divinity,
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If this sweet lady lie not guiltless here
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Under some biting error.
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Friar, it cannot be.
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Thou seest that all the grace that she hath left
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Is that she will not add to her damnation
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A sin of perjury; she not denies it:
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Why seek'st thou then to cover with excuse
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That which appears in proper nakedness?
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Lady, what man is he you are accused of?
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They know that do accuse me; I know none:
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If I know more of any man alive
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Than that which maiden modesty doth warrant,
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Let all my sins lack mercy! O my father,
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Prove you that any man with me conversed
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At hours unmeet, or that I yesternight
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Maintain'd the change of words with any creature,
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Refuse me, hate me, torture me to death!
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There is some strange misprision in the princes.
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Two of them have the very bent of honour;
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And if their wisdoms be misled in this,
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The practise of it lives in John the bastard,
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Whose spirits toil in frame of villanies.
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I know not. If they speak but truth of her,
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These hands shall tear her; if they wrong her honour,
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The proudest of them shall well hear of it.
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Time hath not yet so dried this blood of mine,
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Nor age so eat up my invention,
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Nor fortune made such havoc of my means,
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Nor my bad life reft me so much of friends,
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But they shall find, awaked in such a kind,
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Both strength of limb and policy of mind,
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Ability in means and choice of friends,
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To quit me of them throughly.
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Pause awhile,
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And let my counsel sway you in this case.
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Your daughter here the princes left for dead:
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Let her awhile be secretly kept in,
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And publish it that she is dead indeed;
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Maintain a mourning ostentation
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And on your family's old monument
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Hang mournful epitaphs and do all rites
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That appertain unto a burial.
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What shall become of this? what will this do?
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Marry, this well carried shall on her behalf
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Change slander to remorse; that is some good:
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But not for that dream I on this strange course,
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But on this travail look for greater birth.
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She dying, as it must so be maintain'd,
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Upon the instant that she was accused,
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Shall be lamented, pitied and excused
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Of every hearer: for it so falls out
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That what we have we prize not to the worth
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Whiles we enjoy it, but being lack'd and lost,
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Why, then we rack the value, then we find
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The virtue that possession would not show us
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Whiles it was ours. So will it fare with Claudio:
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When he shall hear she died upon his words,
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The idea of her life shall sweetly creep
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Into his study of imagination,
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And every lovely organ of her life
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Shall come apparell'd in more precious habit,
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More moving-delicate and full of life,
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Into the eye and prospect of his soul,
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Than when she lived indeed; then shall he mourn,
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If ever love had interest in his liver,
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And wish he had not so accused her,
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No, though he thought his accusation true.
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Let this be so, and doubt not but success
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Will fashion the event in better shape
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Than I can lay it down in likelihood.
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But if all aim but this be levell'd false,
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The supposition of the lady's death
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Will quench the wonder of her infamy:
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And if it sort not well, you may conceal her,
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As best befits her wounded reputation,
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In some reclusive and religious life,
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Out of all eyes, tongues, minds and injuries.
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Signior Leonato, let the friar advise you:
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And though you know my inwardness and love
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Is very much unto the prince and Claudio,
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Yet, by mine honour, I will deal in this
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As secretly and justly as your soul
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Should with your body.
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Being that I flow in grief,
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The smallest twine may lead me.
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'Tis well consented: presently away;
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For to strange sores strangely they strain the cure.
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Come, lady, die to live: this wedding-day
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Perhaps is but prolong'd: have patience and endure.
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Exeunt all but BENEDICK and BEATRICE

Lady Beatrice, have you wept all this while?
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Yea, and I will weep a while longer.
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I will not desire that.
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You have no reason; I do it freely.
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Surely I do believe your fair cousin is wronged.
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Ah, how much might the man deserve of me that would right her!
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Is there any way to show such friendship?
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A very even way, but no such friend.
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May a man do it?
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It is a man's office, but not yours.
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I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is
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not that strange?
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As strange as the thing I know not. It were as
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possible for me to say I loved nothing so well as
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you: but believe me not; and yet I lie not; I
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confess nothing, nor I deny nothing. I am sorry for my cousin.
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By my sword, Beatrice, thou lovest me.
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Do not swear, and eat it.
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I will swear by it that you love me; and I will make
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him eat it that says I love not you.
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Will you not eat your word?
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With no sauce that can be devised to it. I protest
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I love thee.
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Why, then, God forgive me!
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What offence, sweet Beatrice?
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You have stayed me in a happy hour: I was about to
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protest I loved you.
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And do it with all thy heart.
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I love you with so much of my heart that none is
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left to protest.
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Come, bid me do any thing for thee.
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Kill Claudio.
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Ha! not for the wide world.
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You kill me to deny it. Farewell.
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Tarry, sweet Beatrice.
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I am gone, though I am here: there is no love in
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you: nay, I pray you, let me go.
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In faith, I will go.
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We'll be friends first.
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You dare easier be friends with me than fight with mine enemy.
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Is Claudio thine enemy?
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Is he not approved in the height a villain, that
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hath slandered, scorned, dishonoured my kinswoman? O
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that I were a man! What, bear her in hand until they
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come to take hands; and then, with public
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accusation, uncovered slander, unmitigated rancour,
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--O God, that I were a man! I would eat his heart
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in the market-place.
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Hear me, Beatrice,--
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Talk with a man out at a window! A proper saying!
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Nay, but, Beatrice,--
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Sweet Hero! She is wronged, she is slandered, she is undone.
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Princes and counties! Surely, a princely testimony,
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a goodly count, Count Comfect; a sweet gallant,
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surely! O that I were a man for his sake! or that I
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had any friend would be a man for my sake! But
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manhood is melted into courtesies, valour into
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compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and
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trim ones too: he is now as valiant as Hercules
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that only tells a lie and swears it. I cannot be a
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man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving.
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Tarry, good Beatrice. By this hand, I love thee.
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Use it for my love some other way than swearing by it.
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Think you in your soul the Count Claudio hath wronged Hero?
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Yea, as sure as I have a thought or a soul.
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Enough, I am engaged; I will challenge him. I will
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kiss your hand, and so I leave you. By this hand,
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Claudio shall render me a dear account. As you
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hear of me, so think of me. Go, comfort your
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cousin: I must say she is dead: and so, farewell.
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SCENE II. A prison.

In Scene 2 of Act 4, a group of characters discuss the recent events surrounding the accusations against Hero. They are gathered in a room in Leonato's house, and they include Leonato, his brother Antonio, the friar who performed the wedding ceremony, and the constable Dogberry.

The friar insists that he is certain of Hero's innocence and that he has a plan to prove it. He asks Leonato to pretend that Hero has died from the shame of the accusations, and to put on a public show of mourning for her. Meanwhile, the friar will hide Hero away until they can prove her innocence.

While the friar is explaining his plan, Dogberry and his assistant, Verges, enter the room. They have just arrested two men, Borachio and Conrade, who were overheard bragging about their role in the plot to discredit Hero. However, Dogberry's bumbling and nonsensical way of explaining the situation frustrates everyone in the room.

The friar takes charge of the situation, ordering Dogberry to bring Borachio and Conrade before him. He then asks Leonato and Antonio to go along with his plan to fake Hero's death, and they agree.

Overall, Scene 2 of Act 4 sets the stage for the resolution of the play's central conflict. The characters are beginning to work together to uncover the truth about Hero's innocence and to clear her name.

Enter DOGBERRY, VERGES, and Sexton, in gowns; and the Watch, with CONRADE and BORACHIO

Is our whole dissembly appeared?
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O, a stool and a cushion for the sexton.
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Which be the malefactors?
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Marry, that am I and my partner.
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Nay, that's certain; we have the exhibition to examine.
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But which are the offenders that are to be
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examined? let them come before master constable.
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Yea, marry, let them come before me. What is your
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name, friend?
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Pray, write down, Borachio. Yours, sirrah?
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I am a gentleman, sir, and my name is Conrade.
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Write down, master gentleman Conrade. Masters, do
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you serve God?
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Yea, sir, we hope.
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Write down, that they hope they serve God: and
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write God first; for God defend but God should go
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before such villains! Masters, it is proved already
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that you are little better than false knaves; and it
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will go near to be thought so shortly. How answer
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you for yourselves?
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Marry, sir, we say we are none.
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A marvellous witty fellow, I assure you: but I
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will go about with him. Come you hither, sirrah; a
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word in your ear: sir, I say to you, it is thought
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you are false knaves.
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Sir, I say to you we are none.
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Well, stand aside. 'Fore God, they are both in a
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tale. Have you writ down, that they are none?
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Master constable, you go not the way to examine:
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you must call forth the watch that are their accusers.
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Yea, marry, that's the eftest way. Let the watch
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come forth. Masters, I charge you, in the prince's
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name, accuse these men.
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First Watchman
This man said, sir, that Don John, the prince's
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brother, was a villain.
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Write down Prince John a villain. Why, this is flat
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perjury, to call a prince's brother villain.
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Master constable,--
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Pray thee, fellow, peace: I do not like thy look,
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I promise thee.
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What heard you him say else?
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Second Watchman
Marry, that he had received a thousand ducats of
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Don John for accusing the Lady Hero wrongfully.
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Flat burglary as ever was committed.
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Yea, by mass, that it is.
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What else, fellow?
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First Watchman
And that Count Claudio did mean, upon his words, to
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disgrace Hero before the whole assembly. and not marry her.
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O villain! thou wilt be condemned into everlasting
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redemption for this.
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What else?
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This is all.
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And this is more, masters, than you can deny.
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Prince John is this morning secretly stolen away;
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Hero was in this manner accused, in this very manner
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refused, and upon the grief of this suddenly died.
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Master constable, let these men be bound, and
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brought to Leonato's: I will go before and show
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him their examination.
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Come, let them be opinioned.
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Let them be in the hands--
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Off, coxcomb!
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God's my life, where's the sexton? let him write
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down the prince's officer coxcomb. Come, bind them.
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Thou naughty varlet!
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Away! you are an ass, you are an ass.
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Dost thou not suspect my place? dost thou not
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suspect my years? O that he were here to write me
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down an ass! But, masters, remember that I am an
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ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not
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that I am an ass. No, thou villain, thou art full of
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piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness.
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I am a wise fellow, and, which is more, an officer,
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and, which is more, a householder, and, which is
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more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in
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Messina, and one that knows the law, go to; and a
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rich fellow enough, go to; and a fellow that hath
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had losses, and one that hath two gowns and every
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thing handsome about him. Bring him away. O that
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I had been writ down an ass!
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Act V

Act 5 of Much Ado About Nothing opens with Leonato, Antonio, and the Sexton waiting for Dogberry and Verges to arrive at the court. Once they arrive, Dogberry tells them that they have arrested Borachio and Conrade for their involvement in the plot against Hero. The Friar then appears and explains that he has a plan to clear Hero's name.

Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice are in the garden, where they confess their love for each other. They also discuss the news of Hero's innocence, and Benedick promises to help clear her name. Don Pedro, Claudio, and the rest of their company then arrive, and the Friar reveals his plan to them.

The plan involves staging Hero's death and having Claudio mourn her publicly for three days. Then, on the fourth day, the Friar will produce Hero alive and well, and Claudio will publicly marry her. The plan is put into action, and the play ends with Benedick and Beatrice's wedding.

SCENE I. Before LEONATO'S house.

Scene 1 of Act 5 of Much Ado About Nothing opens with Leonato and Antonio discussing the upcoming wedding between Claudio and Hero. Leonato expresses his hope that the wedding will go smoothly and that nothing will come between the couple. However, Antonio warns Leonato that Don John might still try to cause trouble and ruin the wedding.

Meanwhile, Dogberry and Verges enter the scene, and Dogberry tells Leonato that he has important news regarding the wedding. However, Dogberry's usual bumbling and confusing way of speaking makes it difficult for Leonato to understand what he is trying to say.

Despite the confusion, Dogberry eventually reveals that he has arrested Borachio and Conrade, who were responsible for the previous night's mischief that led to Claudio rejecting Hero at the altar. Leonato is grateful for the news and decides to bring Borachio and Conrade before the governor to be punished for their crimes.

As the scene ends, Leonato expresses his relief that the wedding can now proceed without any further disruptions. However, the audience is left wondering if Don John will still find a way to cause trouble and if Claudio will eventually learn the truth about Hero's innocence.


If you go on thus, you will kill yourself:
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And 'tis not wisdom thus to second grief
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Against yourself.
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I pray thee, cease thy counsel,
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Which falls into mine ears as profitless
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As water in a sieve: give not me counsel;
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Nor let no comforter delight mine ear
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But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.
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Bring me a father that so loved his child,
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Whose joy of her is overwhelm'd like mine,
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And bid him speak of patience;
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Measure his woe the length and breadth of mine
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And let it answer every strain for strain,
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As thus for thus and such a grief for such,
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In every lineament, branch, shape, and form:
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If such a one will smile and stroke his beard,
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Bid sorrow wag, cry 'hem!' when he should groan,
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Patch grief with proverbs, make misfortune drunk
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With candle-wasters; bring him yet to me,
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And I of him will gather patience.
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But there is no such man: for, brother, men
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Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief
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Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it,
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Their counsel turns to passion, which before
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Would give preceptial medicine to rage,
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Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,
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Charm ache with air and agony with words:
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No, no; 'tis all men's office to speak patience
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To those that wring under the load of sorrow,
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But no man's virtue nor sufficiency
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To be so moral when he shall endure
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The like himself. Therefore give me no counsel:
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My griefs cry louder than advertisement.
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Therein do men from children nothing differ.
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I pray thee, peace. I will be flesh and blood;
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For there was never yet philosopher
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That could endure the toothache patiently,
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However they have writ the style of gods
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And made a push at chance and sufferance.
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Yet bend not all the harm upon yourself;
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Make those that do offend you suffer too.
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There thou speak'st reason: nay, I will do so.
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My soul doth tell me Hero is belied;
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And that shall Claudio know; so shall the prince
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And all of them that thus dishonour her.
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Here comes the prince and Claudio hastily.
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Good den, good den.
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Good day to both of you.
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Hear you. my lords,--
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We have some haste, Leonato.
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Some haste, my lord! well, fare you well, my lord:
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Are you so hasty now? well, all is one.
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Nay, do not quarrel with us, good old man.
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If he could right himself with quarreling,
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Some of us would lie low.
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Who wrongs him?
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Marry, thou dost wrong me; thou dissembler, thou:--
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Nay, never lay thy hand upon thy sword;
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I fear thee not.
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Marry, beshrew my hand,
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If it should give your age such cause of fear:
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In faith, my hand meant nothing to my sword.
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Tush, tush, man; never fleer and jest at me:
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I speak not like a dotard nor a fool,
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As under privilege of age to brag
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What I have done being young, or what would do
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Were I not old. Know, Claudio, to thy head,
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Thou hast so wrong'd mine innocent child and me
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That I am forced to lay my reverence by
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And, with grey hairs and bruise of many days,
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Do challenge thee to trial of a man.
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I say thou hast belied mine innocent child;
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Thy slander hath gone through and through her heart,
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And she lies buried with her ancestors;
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O, in a tomb where never scandal slept,
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Save this of hers, framed by thy villany!
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My villany?
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Thine, Claudio; thine, I say.
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You say not right, old man.
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My lord, my lord,
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I'll prove it on his body, if he dare,
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Despite his nice fence and his active practise,
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His May of youth and bloom of lustihood.
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Away! I will not have to do with you.
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Canst thou so daff me? Thou hast kill'd my child:
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If thou kill'st me, boy, thou shalt kill a man.
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He shall kill two of us, and men indeed:
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But that's no matter; let him kill one first;
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Win me and wear me; let him answer me.
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Come, follow me, boy; come, sir boy, come, follow me:
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Sir boy, I'll whip you from your foining fence;
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Nay, as I am a gentleman, I will.
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Content yourself. God knows I loved my niece;
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And she is dead, slander'd to death by villains,
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That dare as well answer a man indeed
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As I dare take a serpent by the tongue:
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Boys, apes, braggarts, Jacks, milksops!
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Brother Antony,--
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Hold you content. What, man! I know them, yea,
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And what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple,--
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Scrambling, out-facing, fashion-monging boys,
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That lie and cog and flout, deprave and slander,
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Go anticly, show outward hideousness,
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And speak off half a dozen dangerous words,
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How they might hurt their enemies, if they durst;
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And this is all.
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But, brother Antony,--
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Come, 'tis no matter:
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Do not you meddle; let me deal in this.
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Gentlemen both, we will not wake your patience.
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My heart is sorry for your daughter's death:
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But, on my honour, she was charged with nothing
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But what was true and very full of proof.
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My lord, my lord,--
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I will not hear you.
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No? Come, brother; away! I will be heard.
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And shall, or some of us will smart for it.
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See, see; here comes the man we went to seek.
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Now, signior, what news?
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Good day, my lord.
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Welcome, signior: you are almost come to part
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almost a fray.
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We had like to have had our two noses snapped off
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with two old men without teeth.
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Leonato and his brother. What thinkest thou? Had
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we fought, I doubt we should have been too young for them.
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In a false quarrel there is no true valour. I came
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to seek you both.
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We have been up and down to seek thee; for we are
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high-proof melancholy and would fain have it beaten
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away. Wilt thou use thy wit?
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It is in my scabbard: shall I draw it?
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Dost thou wear thy wit by thy side?
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Never any did so, though very many have been beside
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their wit. I will bid thee draw, as we do the
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minstrels; draw, to pleasure us.
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As I am an honest man, he looks pale. Art thou
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sick, or angry?
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What, courage, man! What though care killed a cat,
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thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.
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Sir, I shall meet your wit in the career, and you
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charge it against me. I pray you choose another subject.
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Nay, then, give him another staff: this last was
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broke cross.
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By this light, he changes more and more: I think
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he be angry indeed.
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If he be, he knows how to turn his girdle.
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Shall I speak a word in your ear?
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God bless me from a challenge!
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(Aside to CLAUDIO) You are a villain; I jest not:
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I will make it good how you dare, with what you
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dare, and when you dare. Do me right, or I will
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protest your cowardice. You have killed a sweet
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lady, and her death shall fall heavy on you. Let me
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hear from you.
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Well, I will meet you, so I may have good cheer.
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What, a feast, a feast?
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I' faith, I thank him; he hath bid me to a calf's
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head and a capon; the which if I do not carve most
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curiously, say my knife's naught. Shall I not find
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a woodcock too?
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Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes easily.
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I'll tell thee how Beatrice praised thy wit the
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other day. I said, thou hadst a fine wit: 'True,'
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said she, 'a fine little one.' 'No,' said I, 'a
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great wit:' 'Right,' says she, 'a great gross one.'
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'Nay,' said I, 'a good wit:' 'Just,' said she, 'it
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hurts nobody.' 'Nay,' said I, 'the gentleman
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is wise:' 'Certain,' said she, 'a wise gentleman.'
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'Nay,' said I, 'he hath the tongues:' 'That I
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believe,' said she, 'for he swore a thing to me on
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Monday night, which he forswore on Tuesday morning;
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there's a double tongue; there's two tongues.' Thus
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did she, an hour together, transshape thy particular
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virtues: yet at last she concluded with a sigh, thou
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wast the properest man in Italy.
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For the which she wept heartily and said she cared
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Yea, that she did: but yet, for all that, an if she
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did not hate him deadly, she would love him dearly:
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the old man's daughter told us all.
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All, all; and, moreover, God saw him when he was
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hid in the garden.
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But when shall we set the savage bull's horns on
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the sensible Benedick's head?
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Yea, and text underneath, 'Here dwells Benedick the
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married man'?
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Fare you well, boy: you know my mind. I will leave
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you now to your gossip-like humour: you break jests
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as braggarts do their blades, which God be thanked,
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hurt not. My lord, for your many courtesies I thank
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you: I must discontinue your company: your brother
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the bastard is fled from Messina: you have among
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you killed a sweet and innocent lady. For my Lord
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Lackbeard there, he and I shall meet: and, till
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then, peace be with him.
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He is in earnest.
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In most profound earnest; and, I'll warrant you, for
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the love of Beatrice.
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And hath challenged thee.
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Most sincerely.
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What a pretty thing man is when he goes in his
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doublet and hose and leaves off his wit!
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He is then a giant to an ape; but then is an ape a
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doctor to such a man.
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But, soft you, let me be: pluck up, my heart, and
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be sad. Did he not say, my brother was fled?
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Enter DOGBERRY, VERGES, and the Watch, with CONRADE and BORACHIO

Come you, sir: if justice cannot tame you, she
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shall ne'er weigh more reasons in her balance: nay,
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an you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must be looked to.
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How now? two of my brother's men bound! Borachio
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Hearken after their offence, my lord.
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Officers, what offence have these men done?
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Marry, sir, they have committed false report;
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moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily,
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they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have
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belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust
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things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.
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First, I ask thee what they have done; thirdly, I
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ask thee what's their offence; sixth and lastly, why
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they are committed; and, to conclude, what you lay
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to their charge.
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Rightly reasoned, and in his own division: and, by
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my troth, there's one meaning well suited.
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Who have you offended, masters, that you are thus
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bound to your answer? this learned constable is
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too cunning to be understood: what's your offence?
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Sweet prince, let me go no farther to mine answer:
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do you hear me, and let this count kill me. I have
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deceived even your very eyes: what your wisdoms
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could not discover, these shallow fools have brought
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to light: who in the night overheard me confessing
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to this man how Don John your brother incensed me
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to slander the Lady Hero, how you were brought into
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the orchard and saw me court Margaret in Hero's
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garments, how you disgraced her, when you should
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marry her: my villany they have upon record; which
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I had rather seal with my death than repeat over
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to my shame. The lady is dead upon mine and my
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master's false accusation; and, briefly, I desire
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nothing but the reward of a villain.
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Runs not this speech like iron through your blood?
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I have drunk poison whiles he utter'd it.
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But did my brother set thee on to this?
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Yea, and paid me richly for the practise of it.
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He is composed and framed of treachery:
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And fled he is upon this villany.
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Sweet Hero! now thy image doth appear
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In the rare semblance that I loved it first.
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Come, bring away the plaintiffs: by this time our
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sexton hath reformed Signior Leonato of the matter:
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and, masters, do not forget to specify, when time
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and place shall serve, that I am an ass.
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Here, here comes master Signior Leonato, and the
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Sexton too.
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Re-enter LEONATO and ANTONIO, with the Sexton

Which is the villain? let me see his eyes,
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That, when I note another man like him,
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I may avoid him: which of these is he?
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If you would know your wronger, look on me.
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Art thou the slave that with thy breath hast kill'd
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Mine innocent child?
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Yea, even I alone.
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No, not so, villain; thou beliest thyself:
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Here stand a pair of honourable men;
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A third is fled, that had a hand in it.
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I thank you, princes, for my daughter's death:
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Record it with your high and worthy deeds:
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'Twas bravely done, if you bethink you of it.
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I know not how to pray your patience;
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Yet I must speak. Choose your revenge yourself;
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Impose me to what penance your invention
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Can lay upon my sin: yet sinn'd I not
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But in mistaking.
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By my soul, nor I:
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And yet, to satisfy this good old man,
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I would bend under any heavy weight
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That he'll enjoin me to.
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I cannot bid you bid my daughter live;
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That were impossible: but, I pray you both,
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Possess the people in Messina here
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How innocent she died; and if your love
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Can labour ought in sad invention,
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Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb
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And sing it to her bones, sing it to-night:
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To-morrow morning come you to my house,
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And since you could not be my son-in-law,
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Be yet my nephew: my brother hath a daughter,
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Almost the copy of my child that's dead,
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And she alone is heir to both of us:
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Give her the right you should have given her cousin,
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And so dies my revenge.
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O noble sir,
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Your over-kindness doth wring tears from me!
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I do embrace your offer; and dispose
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For henceforth of poor Claudio.
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To-morrow then I will expect your coming;
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To-night I take my leave. This naughty man
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Shall face to face be brought to Margaret,
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Who I believe was pack'd in all this wrong,
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Hired to it by your brother.
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No, by my soul, she was not,
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Nor knew not what she did when she spoke to me,
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But always hath been just and virtuous
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In any thing that I do know by her.
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Moreover, sir, which indeed is not under white and
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black, this plaintiff here, the offender, did call
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me ass: I beseech you, let it be remembered in his
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punishment. And also, the watch heard them talk of
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one Deformed: they say be wears a key in his ear and
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a lock hanging by it, and borrows money in God's
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name, the which he hath used so long and never paid
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that now men grow hard-hearted and will lend nothing
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for God's sake: pray you, examine him upon that point.
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I thank thee for thy care and honest pains.
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Your worship speaks like a most thankful and
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reverend youth; and I praise God for you.
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There's for thy pains.
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God save the foundation!
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Go, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and I thank thee.
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I leave an arrant knave with your worship; which I
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beseech your worship to correct yourself, for the
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example of others. God keep your worship! I wish
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your worship well; God restore you to health! I
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humbly give you leave to depart; and if a merry
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meeting may be wished, God prohibit it! Come, neighbour.
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Until to-morrow morning, lords, farewell.
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Farewell, my lords: we look for you to-morrow.
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We will not fail.
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To-night I'll mourn with Hero.
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(To the Watch) Bring you these fellows on. We'll
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talk with Margaret,
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How her acquaintance grew with this lewd fellow.
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Exeunt, severally


In Scene 2 of Act 5 of Much Ado About Nothing, two characters are preparing for a wedding. They discuss the upcoming nuptials and the groom expresses his nervousness about the event. The bride assures him that everything will be fine and they continue to talk about their love for each other.

As they are speaking, a misunderstanding arises when the groom's friend arrives and makes a comment that suggests the bride has been unfaithful. The groom becomes enraged and publicly accuses the bride of infidelity. The bride is shocked and hurt by these accusations and defends herself vehemently.

Despite the bride's protests of innocence, the groom refuses to believe her and storms off in a rage. The other characters try to make sense of what has happened and console the devastated bride. Eventually, the truth is revealed and the misunderstanding is cleared up. The groom realizes his mistake and apologizes to the bride, and they are finally able to proceed with their wedding.

Enter BENEDICK and MARGARET, meeting

Pray thee, sweet Mistress Margaret, deserve well at
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my hands by helping me to the speech of Beatrice.
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Will you then write me a sonnet in praise of my beauty?
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In so high a style, Margaret, that no man living
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shall come over it; for, in most comely truth, thou
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deservest it.
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To have no man come over me! why, shall I always
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keep below stairs?
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Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's mouth; it catches.
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And yours as blunt as the fencer's foils, which hit,
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but hurt not.
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A most manly wit, Margaret; it will not hurt a
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woman: and so, I pray thee, call Beatrice: I give
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thee the bucklers.
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Give us the swords; we have bucklers of our own.
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If you use them, Margaret, you must put in the
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pikes with a vice; and they are dangerous weapons for maids.
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Well, I will call Beatrice to you, who I think hath legs.
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And therefore will come.
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The god of love,
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That sits above,
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And knows me, and knows me,
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How pitiful I deserve,--
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I mean in singing; but in loving, Leander the good
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swimmer, Troilus the first employer of panders, and
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a whole bookful of these quondam carpet-mangers,
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whose names yet run smoothly in the even road of a
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blank verse, why, they were never so truly turned
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over and over as my poor self in love. Marry, I
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cannot show it in rhyme; I have tried: I can find
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out no rhyme to 'lady' but 'baby,' an innocent
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rhyme; for 'scorn,' 'horn,' a hard rhyme; for,
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'school,' 'fool,' a babbling rhyme; very ominous
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endings: no, I was not born under a rhyming planet,
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nor I cannot woo in festival terms.
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Sweet Beatrice, wouldst thou come when I called thee?
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Yea, signior, and depart when you bid me.
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O, stay but till then!
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'Then' is spoken; fare you well now: and yet, ere
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I go, let me go with that I came; which is, with
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knowing what hath passed between you and Claudio.
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Only foul words; and thereupon I will kiss thee.
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Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but
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foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I
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will depart unkissed.
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Thou hast frighted the word out of his right sense,
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so forcible is thy wit. But I must tell thee
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plainly, Claudio undergoes my challenge; and either
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I must shortly hear from him, or I will subscribe
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him a coward. And, I pray thee now, tell me for
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which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?
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For them all together; which maintained so politic
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a state of evil that they will not admit any good
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part to intermingle with them. But for which of my
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good parts did you first suffer love for me?
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Suffer love! a good epithet! I do suffer love
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indeed, for I love thee against my will.
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In spite of your heart, I think; alas, poor heart!
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If you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for
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yours; for I will never love that which my friend hates.
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Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.
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It appears not in this confession: there's not one
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wise man among twenty that will praise himself.
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An old, an old instance, Beatrice, that lived in
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the lime of good neighbours. If a man do not erect
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in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live
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no longer in monument than the bell rings and the
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widow weeps.
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And how long is that, think you?
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Question: why, an hour in clamour and a quarter in
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rheum: therefore is it most expedient for the
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wise, if Don Worm, his conscience, find no
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impediment to the contrary, to be the trumpet of his
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own virtues, as I am to myself. So much for
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praising myself, who, I myself will bear witness, is
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praiseworthy: and now tell me, how doth your cousin?
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Very ill.
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And how do you?
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Very ill too.
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Serve God, love me and mend. There will I leave
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you too, for here comes one in haste.
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Madam, you must come to your uncle. Yonder's old
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coil at home: it is proved my Lady Hero hath been
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falsely accused, the prince and Claudio mightily
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abused; and Don John is the author of all, who is
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fed and gone. Will you come presently?
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Will you go hear this news, signior?
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I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be
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buried in thy eyes; and moreover I will go with
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thee to thy uncle's.
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SCENE III. A church.

In Scene 3 of Act 5 of Much Ado About Nothing, two characters are eavesdropping on a conversation between two other characters. The eavesdroppers hear one character confessing his love for the other, but the second character denies his feelings and accuses the first of being dishonest. The eavesdroppers are shocked by the exchange and decide to intervene, revealing their presence and urging the two characters to be honest with each other. Eventually, the truth comes out and the two characters confess their love for each other, leading to a happy resolution.

This scene is a pivotal moment in the play, as it marks the resolution of the central conflict and sets the stage for the happy ending. Through the use of dramatic irony and clever wordplay, Shakespeare builds tension and suspense, keeping the audience guessing about the outcome until the very end. The scene also highlights the theme of deception and the power of words, as the characters must navigate a complex web of lies and half-truths in order to find true love and happiness.

Overall, Scene 3 of Act 5 of Much Ado About Nothing is a masterfully crafted scene that showcases Shakespeare's skill at creating compelling characters and intricate plots. It is a testament to the enduring power of his work and continues to captivate audiences to this day.

Enter DON PEDRO, CLAUDIO, and three or four with tapers

Is this the monument of Leonato?
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It is, my lord.
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(Reading out of a scroll)
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Done to death by slanderous tongues
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Was the Hero that here lies:
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Death, in guerdon of her wrongs,
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Gives her fame which never dies.
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So the life that died with shame
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Lives in death with glorious fame.
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Hang thou there upon the tomb,
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Praising her when I am dumb.
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Now, music, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.
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Pardon, goddess of the night,
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Those that slew thy virgin knight;
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For the which, with songs of woe,
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Round about her tomb they go.
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Midnight, assist our moan;
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Help us to sigh and groan,
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Heavily, heavily:
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Graves, yawn and yield your dead,
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Till death be uttered,
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Heavily, heavily.
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Now, unto thy bones good night!
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Yearly will I do this rite.
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Good morrow, masters; put your torches out:
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The wolves have prey'd; and look, the gentle day,
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Before the wheels of Phoebus, round about
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Dapples the drowsy east with spots of grey.
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Thanks to you all, and leave us: fare you well.
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Good morrow, masters: each his several way.
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Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds;
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And then to Leonato's we will go.
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And Hymen now with luckier issue speed's
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Than this for whom we render'd up this woe.
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SCENE IV. A room in LEONATO'S house.

Scene 4 of Act 5 of Much Ado About Nothing features a group of characters gathered in a church, awaiting the wedding ceremony of two couples. The first couple, Hero and Claudio, are set to be wed, while the second couple, Benedick and Beatrice, have recently confessed their love for each other and are also planning to marry.

The scene begins with the arrival of the wedding party, including the bride and groom, their families, and their friends. They are greeted by the Friar, who will be officiating the ceremony. The atmosphere is joyful and festive, with music playing and the characters exchanging greetings and well-wishes.

As the ceremony begins, Claudio publicly accuses Hero of infidelity, claiming that he witnessed her with another man the night before. Hero denies the accusation, but Claudio remains convinced of her guilt. The other characters are shocked and dismayed by the turn of events, with some rushing to Hero's defense while others side with Claudio.

In the midst of the chaos, Benedick and Beatrice take charge of the situation, vowing to clear Hero's name and restore her honor. They team up with the Friar and a local constable to gather evidence and prove Hero's innocence. Their efforts are ultimately successful, and Hero is exonerated.

The scene ends with a happy resolution, as both couples are finally able to marry and the characters celebrate their newfound love and unity. Despite the initial conflict and chaos, the wedding serves as a symbol of hope and reconciliation, showcasing the transformative power of love and forgiveness.


Did I not tell you she was innocent?
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So are the prince and Claudio, who accused her
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Upon the error that you heard debated:
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But Margaret was in some fault for this,
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Although against her will, as it appears
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In the true course of all the question.
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Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.
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And so am I, being else by faith enforced
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To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it.
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Well, daughter, and you gentle-women all,
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Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves,
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And when I send for you, come hither mask'd.
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The prince and Claudio promised by this hour
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To visit me. You know your office, brother:
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You must be father to your brother's daughter
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And give her to young Claudio.
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Which I will do with confirm'd countenance.
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Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think.
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To do what, signior?
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To bind me, or undo me; one of them.
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Signior Leonato, truth it is, good signior,
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Your niece regards me with an eye of favour.
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That eye my daughter lent her: 'tis most true.
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And I do with an eye of love requite her.
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The sight whereof I think you had from me,
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From Claudio and the prince: but what's your will?
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Your answer, sir, is enigmatical:
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But, for my will, my will is your good will
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May stand with ours, this day to be conjoin'd
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In the state of honourable marriage:
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In which, good friar, I shall desire your help.
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My heart is with your liking.
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And my help.
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Here comes the prince and Claudio.
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Enter DON PEDRO and CLAUDIO, and two or three others

Good morrow to this fair assembly.
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Good morrow, prince; good morrow, Claudio:
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We here attend you. Are you yet determined
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To-day to marry with my brother's daughter?
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I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope.
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Call her forth, brother; here's the friar ready.
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Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what's the matter,
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That you have such a February face,
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So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?
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I think he thinks upon the savage bull.
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Tush, fear not, man; we'll tip thy horns with gold
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And all Europa shall rejoice at thee,
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As once Europa did at lusty Jove,
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When he would play the noble beast in love.
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Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low;
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And some such strange bull leap'd your father's cow,
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And got a calf in that same noble feat
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Much like to you, for you have just his bleat.
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For this I owe you: here comes other reckonings.
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Which is the lady I must seize upon?
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This same is she, and I do give you her.
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Why, then she's mine. Sweet, let me see your face.
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No, that you shall not, till you take her hand
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Before this friar and swear to marry her.
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Give me your hand: before this holy friar,
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I am your husband, if you like of me.
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And when I lived, I was your other wife:
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And when you loved, you were my other husband.
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Another Hero!
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Nothing certainer:
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One Hero died defiled, but I do live,
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And surely as I live, I am a maid.
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The former Hero! Hero that is dead!
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She died, my lord, but whiles her slander lived.
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All this amazement can I qualify:
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When after that the holy rites are ended,
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I'll tell you largely of fair Hero's death:
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Meantime let wonder seem familiar,
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And to the chapel let us presently.
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Soft and fair, friar. Which is Beatrice?
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(Unmasking) I answer to that name. What is your will?
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Do not you love me?
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Why, no; no more than reason.
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Why, then your uncle and the prince and Claudio
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Have been deceived; they swore you did.
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Do not you love me?
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Troth, no; no more than reason.
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Why, then my cousin Margaret and Ursula
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Are much deceived; for they did swear you did.
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They swore that you were almost sick for me.
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They swore that you were well-nigh dead for me.
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'Tis no such matter. Then you do not love me?
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No, truly, but in friendly recompense.
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Come, cousin, I am sure you love the gentleman.
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And I'll be sworn upon't that he loves her;
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For here's a paper written in his hand,
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A halting sonnet of his own pure brain,
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Fashion'd to Beatrice.
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And here's another
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Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket,
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Containing her affection unto Benedick.
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A miracle! here's our own hands against our hearts.
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Come, I will have thee; but, by this light, I take
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thee for pity.
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I would not deny you; but, by this good day, I yield
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upon great persuasion; and partly to save your life,
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for I was told you were in a consumption.
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Peace! I will stop your mouth.
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Kissing her

How dost thou, Benedick, the married man?
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I'll tell thee what, prince; a college of
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wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humour. Dost
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thou think I care for a satire or an epigram? No:
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if a man will be beaten with brains, a' shall wear
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nothing handsome about him. In brief, since I do
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purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any
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purpose that the world can say against it; and
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therefore never flout at me for what I have said
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against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my
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conclusion. For thy part, Claudio, I did think to
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have beaten thee, but in that thou art like to be my
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kinsman, live unbruised and love my cousin.
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I had well hoped thou wouldst have denied Beatrice,
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that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy single
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life, to make thee a double-dealer; which, out of
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question, thou wilt be, if my cousin do not look
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exceedingly narrowly to thee.
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Come, come, we are friends: let's have a dance ere
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we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts
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and our wives' heels.
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We'll have dancing afterward.
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First, of my word; therefore play, music. Prince,
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thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife:
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there is no staff more reverend than one tipped with horn.
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Enter a Messenger

My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight,
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And brought with armed men back to Messina.
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Think not on him till to-morrow:
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I'll devise thee brave punishments for him.
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Strike up, pipers.
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