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Much Ado About Nothing: Act 3, Scene 2

Much Ado About Nothing
Act 3, Scene 2

A room in Leonato’s house.

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

Don Pedro

2 - 3
  1. I do but stay till your marriage be consummate, and then go
  2. I toward Arragon.

Claudio

4
  1. I’ll bring you thither, my lord, if you’ll vouchsafe me.

Don Pedro

5 - 12
  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

13
  1. Gallants, I am not as I have been.

Leonato

14
  1. So say I, methinks you are sadder.

Claudio

15
  1. I hope he be in love.

Don Pedro

16 - 17
  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

18
  1. I have the toothache.

Don Pedro

19
  1. Draw it.

Benedick

20
  1. Hang it!

Claudio

21
  1. You must hang it first, and draw it afterwards.

Don Pedro

22
  1. What? Sigh for the toothache?

Leonato

23
  1. Where is but a humor or a worm.

Benedick

24
  1. Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it.

Claudio

25
  1. Yet say I, he is in love.

Don Pedro

26 - 32
  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

33 - 35
  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

36
  1. Hath any man seen him at the barber’s?

Claudio

37 - 38
  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

39
  1. Indeed he looks younger than he did, by the loss of a beard.

Don Pedro

40 - 41
  1. Nay, ’a rubs himself with civet. Can you smell him out by
  2. that?

Claudio

42
  1. That’s as much as to say, the sweet youth’s in love.

Don Pedro

43
  1. The greatest note of it is his melancholy.

Claudio

44
  1. And when was he wont to wash his face?

Don Pedro

45 - 46
  1. Yea, or to paint himself? For the which I hear what they say
  2. of him.

Claudio

47 - 48
  1. Nay, but his jesting spirit, which is now crept into a
  2. lute-string, and now govern’d by stops.

Don Pedro

49 - 50
  1. Indeed that tells a heavy tale for him. Conclude, conclude,
  2. he is in love.

Claudio

51
  1. Nay, but I know who loves him.

Don Pedro

52
  1. That would I know too. I warrant one that knows him not.

Claudio

53 - 54
  1. Yes, and his ill conditions, and in despite of all, dies for
  2. him.

Don Pedro

55
  1. She shall be buried with her face upwards.

Benedick

56 - 58
  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

60
  1. For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.

Claudio

61 - 63
  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

65
  1. My lord and brother, God save you!

Don Pedro

66
  1. Good den, brother.

Don John

67
  1. If your leisure serv’d, I would speak with you.

Don Pedro

68
  1. In private?

Don John

69 - 70
  1. If it please you, yet Count Claudio may hear, for what I
  2. would speak of concerns him.

Don Pedro

71
  1. What’s the matter?

Don John

72 - 73
  1. To Claudio
  2. Means your lordship to be married tomorrow?

Don Pedro

74
  1. You know he does.

Don John

75
  1. I know not that, when he knows what I know.

Claudio

76
  1. If there be any impediment, I pray you discover it.

Don John

77 - 81
  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

82
  1. Why, what’s the matter?

Don John

83 - 84
  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

85
  1. Who, Hero?

Don John

86
  1. Even sheLeonato’s Hero, your Hero, every man’s Hero.

Claudio

87
  1. Disloyal?

Don John

88 - 94
  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

95
  1. May this be so?

Don Pedro

96
  1. I will not think it.

Don John

97 - 100
  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

101 - 103
  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

104 - 105
  1. And as I woo’d for thee to obtain her, I will join with thee
  2. to disgrace her.

Don John

106 - 108
  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

109
  1. O day untowardly turn’d!

Claudio

110
  1. O mischief strangely thwarting!

Don John

111 - 112
  1. O plague right well prevented! So will you say when you have
  2. seen the sequel.
  1. Exeunt.
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