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Much Ado About Nothing: Act III, Scene 2

Much Ado About Nothing
Act III, Scene 2

A room in Leonato’s house.

  1. Enter Prince Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and Leonato.

Don Pedro

1 - 2
  1. I do but stay till your marriage be consummate, and then go
  2. I toward Arragon.

Claudio

3
  1. I’ll bring you thither, my lord, if you’ll vouchsafe me.

Don Pedro

4 - 11
  1. Nay, that would be as great a soil in the new gloss of your
  2. marriage as to show a child his new coat and forbid him to
  3. wear it. I will only be bold with Benedick for his company,
  4. for from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he
  5. is all mirth. He hath twice or thrice cut Cupid’s
  6. bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him. He
  7. hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the
  8. clapper, for what his heart thinks, his tongue speaks.

Benedick

12
  1. Gallants, I am not as I have been.

Leonato

13
  1. So say I, methinks you are sadder.

Claudio

14
  1. I hope he be in love.

Don Pedro

15 - 16
  1. Hang him, truant, there’s no true drop of blood in him to be
  2. truly touch’d with love. If he be sad, he wants money.

Benedick

17
  1. I have the toothache.

Don Pedro

18
  1. Draw it.

Benedick

19
  1. Hang it!

Claudio

20
  1. You must hang it first, and draw it afterwards.

Don Pedro

21
  1. What? Sigh for the toothache?

Leonato

22
  1. Where is but a humor or a worm.

Benedick

23
  1. Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it.

Claudio

24
  1. Yet say I, he is in love.

Don Pedro

25 - 31
  1. There is no appearance of fancy in him, unless it be a fancy
  2. that he hath to strange disguisesas to be a Dutchman today,
  3. a Frenchman tomorrow, or in the shape of two countries at
  4. once, as a German from the waist downward, all slops, and a
  5. Spaniard from the hip upward, no doublet. Unless he have a
  6. fancy to this foolery, as it appears he hath, he is no fool
  7. for fancy, as you would have it appear he is.

Claudio

32 - 34
  1. If he be not in love with some woman, there is no believing
  2. old signs. ’A brushes his hat a’ mornings; what should that
  3. bode?

Don Pedro

35
  1. Hath any man seen him at the barber’s?

Claudio

36 - 37
  1. No, but the barber’s man hath been seen with him, and the
  2. old ornament of his cheek hath already stuff’d tennis-balls.

Leonato

38
  1. Indeed he looks younger than he did, by the loss of a beard.

Don Pedro

39 - 40
  1. Nay, ’a rubs himself with civet. Can you smell him out by
  2. that?

Claudio

41
  1. That’s as much as to say, the sweet youth’s in love.

Don Pedro

42
  1. The greatest note of it is his melancholy.

Claudio

43
  1. And when was he wont to wash his face?

Don Pedro

44 - 45
  1. Yea, or to paint himself? For the which I hear what they say
  2. of him.

Claudio

46 - 47
  1. Nay, but his jesting spirit, which is now crept into a
  2. lute-string, and now govern’d by stops.

Don Pedro

48 - 49
  1. Indeed that tells a heavy tale for him. Conclude, conclude,
  2. he is in love.

Claudio

50
  1. Nay, but I know who loves him.

Don Pedro

51
  1. That would I know too. I warrant one that knows him not.

Claudio

52 - 53
  1. Yes, and his ill conditions, and in despite of all, dies for
  2. him.

Don Pedro

54
  1. She shall be buried with her face upwards.

Benedick

55 - 57
  1. Yet is this no charm for the toothache. Old signior, walk
  2. aside with me, I have studied eight or nine wise words to
  3. speak to you, which these hobby-horses must not hear.
  1. Exeunt Benedick and Leonato.

Don Pedro

58
  1. For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.

Claudio

59 - 61
  1. ’Tis even so. Hero and Margaret have by this play’d their
  2. parts with Beatrice, and then the two bears will not bite
  3. one another when they meet.
  1. Enter Don John the Bastard.

Don John

62
  1. My lord and brother, God save you!

Don Pedro

63
  1. Good den, brother.

Don John

64
  1. If your leisure serv’d, I would speak with you.

Don Pedro

65
  1. In private?

Don John

66 - 67
  1. If it please you, yet Count Claudio may hear, for what I
  2. would speak of concerns him.

Don Pedro

68
  1. What’s the matter?

Don John

69
  1. To Claudio
  2. Means your lordship to be married tomorrow?

Don Pedro

70
  1. You know he does.

Don John

71
  1. I know not that, when he knows what I know.

Claudio

72
  1. If there be any impediment, I pray you discover it.

Don John

73 - 77
  1. You may think I love you not; let that appear hereafter, and
  2. aim better at me by that I now will manifest. For my
  3. brother, I think he holds you well, and in dearness of heart
  4. hath holp to effect your ensuing marriagesurely suit ill
  5. spent and labor ill bestow’d.

Don Pedro

78
  1. Why, what’s the matter?

Don John

79 - 80
  1. I came hither to tell you, and circumstances short’ned (for
  2. she has been too long a-talking of), the lady is disloyal.

Claudio

81
  1. Who, Hero?

Don John

82
  1. Even sheLeonato’s Hero, your Hero, every man’s Hero.

Claudio

83
  1. Disloyal?

Don John

84 - 90
  1. The word is too good to paint out her wickedness. I could
  2. say she were worse; think you of a worse title, and I will
  3. fit her to it. Wonder not till further warrant. Go but with
  4. me tonight, you shall see her chamber-window ent’red, even
  5. the night before her wedding-day. If you love her then,
  6. tomorrow wed her; but it would better fit your honor to
  7. change your mind.

Claudio

91
  1. May this be so?

Don Pedro

92
  1. I will not think it.

Don John

93 - 96
  1. If you dare not trust that you see, confess not that you
  2. know. If you will follow me, I will show you enough, and
  3. when you have seen more, and heard more, proceed
  4. accordingly.

Claudio

97 - 99
  1. If I see any thing tonight why I should not marry her,
  2. tomorrow in the congregation, where I should wed, there will
  3. I shame her.

Don Pedro

100 - 101
  1. And as I woo’d for thee to obtain her, I will join with thee
  2. to disgrace her.

Don John

102 - 104
  1. I will disparage her no farther till you are my witnesses.
  2. Bear it coldly but till midnight, and let the issue show
  3. itself.

Don Pedro

105
  1. O day untowardly turn’d!

Claudio

106
  1. O mischief strangely thwarting!

Don John

107 - 108
  1. O plague right well prevented! So will you say when you have
  2. seen the sequel.
  1. Exeunt.
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