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Much Ado About Nothing: Act III, Scene 4

Much Ado About Nothing
Act III, Scene 4

Hero’s apartment.

  1. Enter Hero and Margaret and Ursula.

Hero

1 - 2
  1. Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice, and desire her to
  2. rise.

Ursula

3
  1. I will, lady.

Hero

4
  1. And bid her come hither.

Ursula

5
  1. Well.
  1. Exit.

Margaret

6
  1. Troth, I think your other rebato were better.

Hero

7
  1. No, pray thee, good Meg, I’ll wear this.

Margaret

8 - 9
  1. By my troth ’s not so good, and I warrant your cousin will
  2. say so.

Hero

10 - 11
  1. My cousin’s a fool, and thou art another. I’ll wear none but
  2. this.

Margaret

12 - 15
  1. I like the new tire within excellently, if the hair were a
  2. thought browner; and your gown’s a most rare fashion, i’
  3. faith. I saw the Duchess of Milan’s gown that they praise
  4. so.

Hero

16
  1. O, that exceeds, they say.

Margaret

17 - 21
  1. By my troth ’s but a night-gown in respect of yours: cloth
  2. a’ gold and cuts, and lac’d with silver, set with pearls,
  3. down sleeves, side sleeves, and skirts, round underborne
  4. with a bluish tinsel; but for a fine, quaint, graceful, and
  5. excellent fashion, yours is worth ten on’t.

Hero

22
  1. God give me joy to wear it, for my heart is exceeding heavy.

Margaret

23
  1. ’Twill be heavier soon by the weight of a man.

Hero

24
  1. Fie upon thee, art not asham’d?

Margaret

25 - 32
  1. Of what, lady? Of speaking honorably? Is not marriage
  2. honorable in a beggar? Is not your lord honorable without
  3. marriage? I think you would have me say, saving your
  4. reverence, a husband.” And bad thinking do not wrest true
  5. speaking, I’ll offend nobody. Is there any harm in the
  6. heavier for a husband”? None, I think, and it be the right
  7. husband and the right wife; otherwise ’tis light, and not
  8. heavy. Ask my Lady Beatrice else, here she comes.
  1. Enter Beatrice.

Hero

33
  1. Good morrow, coz.

Beatrice

34
  1. Good morrow, sweet Hero.

Hero

35
  1. Why, how now? Do you speak in the sick tune?

Beatrice

36
  1. I am out of all other tune, methinks.

Margaret

37 - 38
  1. Clap ’s into Light a’ love”; that goes without a burden. Do
  2. you sing it, and I’ll dance it.

Beatrice

39 - 40
  1. Ye light a’ love with your heels! Then if your husband have
  2. stables enough, you’ll see he shall lack no barns.

Margaret

41
  1. O illegitimate construction! I scorn that with my heels.

Beatrice

42 - 43
  1. ’Tis almost five a’ clock, cousin, ’tis time you were ready.
  2. By my troth, I am exceeding ill. Heigh-ho!

Margaret

44
  1. For a hawk, a horse, or a husband?

Beatrice

45
  1. For the letter that begins them all, H.

Margaret

46 - 47
  1. Well, and you be not turn’d Turk, there’s no more sailing by
  2. the star.

Beatrice

48
  1. What means the fool, trow?

Margaret

49
  1. Nothing I, but God send every one their heart’s desire!

Hero

50 - 51
  1. These gloves the Count sent me, they are an excellent
  2. perfume.

Beatrice

52
  1. I am stuff’d, cousin, I cannot smell.

Margaret

53
  1. A maid, and stuff’d! There’s goodly catching of cold.

Beatrice

54 - 55
  1. O, God help me, God help me, how long have you profess’d
  2. apprehension?

Margaret

56
  1. Ever since you left it. Doth not my wit become me rarely?

Beatrice

57 - 58
  1. It is not seen enough, you should wear it in your cap. By my
  2. troth, I am sick.

Margaret

59 - 60
  1. Get you some of this distill’d carduus benedictus, and lay
  2. it to your heart; it is the only thing for a qualm.

Hero

61
  1. There thou prick’st her with a thistle.

Beatrice

62 - 63
  1. Benedictus! Why benedictus? You have some moral in this
  2. benedictus.

Margaret

64 - 74
  1. Moral? No, by my troth I have no moral meaning, I meant
  2. plain holy-thistle. You may think perchance that I think you
  3. are in love. Nay, by’r lady, I am not such a fool to think
  4. what I list, nor I list not to think what I can, nor indeed
  5. I cannot think, if I would think my heart out of thinking,
  6. that you are in love, or that you will be in love, or that
  7. you can be in love. Yet Benedick was such another, and now
  8. is he become a man. He swore he would never marry, and yet
  9. now in despite of his heart he eats his meat without
  10. grudging; and how you may be converted I know not, but
  11. methinks you look with your eyes as other women do.

Beatrice

75
  1. What pace is this that thy tongue keeps?

Margaret

76
  1. Not a false gallop.
  1. Enter Ursula.

Ursula

77 - 79
  1. Madam, withdraw, the Prince, the Count, Signior Benedick,
  2. Don John, and all the gallants of the town are come to fetch
  3. you to church.

Hero

80
  1. Help to dress me, good coz, good Meg, good Ursula.
  1. Exeunt.
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