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Much Ado About Nothing: Act 3, Scene 4

Much Ado About Nothing
Act 3, Scene 4

Hero’s apartment.

  1. Enter Hero and Margaret and Ursula.

Hero

2 - 3
  1. Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice, and desire her to
  2. rise.

Ursula

4
  1. I will, lady.

Hero

5
  1. And bid her come hither.

Ursula

6
  1. Well.
  1. Exit.

Margaret

8
  1. Troth, I think your other rebato were better.

Hero

9
  1. No, pray thee, good Meg, I’ll wear this.

Margaret

10 - 11
  1. By my troth ’s not so good, and I warrant your cousin will
  2. say so.

Hero

12 - 13
  1. My cousin’s a fool, and thou art another. I’ll wear none but
  2. this.

Margaret

14 - 17
  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

18
  1. O, that exceeds, they say.

Margaret

19 - 23
  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

24
  1. God give me joy to wear it, for my heart is exceeding heavy.

Margaret

25
  1. ’Twill be heavier soon by the weight of a man.

Hero

26
  1. Fie upon thee, art not asham’d?

Margaret

27 - 34
  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

36
  1. Good morrow, coz.

Beatrice

37
  1. Good morrow, sweet Hero.

Hero

38
  1. Why, how now? Do you speak in the sick tune?

Beatrice

39
  1. I am out of all other tune, methinks.

Margaret

40 - 41
  1. Clap ’s into Light a’ love”; that goes without a burden. Do
  2. you sing it, and I’ll dance it.

Beatrice

42 - 43
  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

44
  1. O illegitimate construction! I scorn that with my heels.

Beatrice

45 - 46
  1. ’Tis almost five a’ clock, cousin, ’tis time you were ready.
  2. By my troth, I am exceeding ill. Heigh-ho!

Margaret

47
  1. For a hawk, a horse, or a husband?

Beatrice

48
  1. For the letter that begins them all, H.

Margaret

49 - 50
  1. Well, and you be not turn’d Turk, there’s no more sailing by
  2. the star.

Beatrice

51
  1. What means the fool, trow?

Margaret

52
  1. Nothing I, but God send every one their heart’s desire!

Hero

53 - 54
  1. These gloves the Count sent me, they are an excellent
  2. perfume.

Beatrice

55
  1. I am stuff’d, cousin, I cannot smell.

Margaret

56
  1. A maid, and stuff’d! There’s goodly catching of cold.

Beatrice

57 - 58
  1. O, God help me, God help me, how long have you profess’d
  2. apprehension?

Margaret

59
  1. Ever since you left it. Doth not my wit become me rarely?

Beatrice

60 - 61
  1. It is not seen enough, you should wear it in your cap. By my
  2. troth, I am sick.

Margaret

62 - 63
  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

64
  1. There thou prick’st her with a thistle.

Beatrice

65 - 66
  1. Benedictus! Why benedictus? You have some moral in this
  2. benedictus.

Margaret

67 - 77
  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

78
  1. What pace is this that thy tongue keeps?

Margaret

79
  1. Not a false gallop.
  1. Enter Ursula.

Ursula

81 - 83
  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

84
  1. Help to dress me, good coz, good Meg, good Ursula.
  1. Exeunt.
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