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Much Ado About Nothing: Act 3, Scene 5

Much Ado About Nothing
Act 3, Scene 5

Another room in Leonato’s house.

  1. Enter Leonato and the Constable Dogberry and the Headborough
  2. Verges.

Leonato

3
  1. What would you with me, honest neighbor?

Dogberry

4 - 5
  1. Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with you that
  2. decerns you nearly.

Leonato

6
  1. Brief, I pray you, for you see it is a busy time with me.

Dogberry

7
  1. Marry, this it is, sir.

Verges

8
  1. Yes, in truth it is, sir.

Leonato

9
  1. What is it, my good friends?

Dogberry

10 - 13
  1. Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the matter; an old
  2. man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as, God help, I
  3. would desire they were, but in faith, honest as the skin
  4. between his brows.

Verges

14 - 15
  1. Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living, that is
  2. an old man, and no honester than I.

Dogberry

16
  1. Comparisons are odorouspalabras, neighbor Verges.

Leonato

17
  1. Neighbors, you are tedious.

Dogberry

18 - 21
  1. It pleases your worship to say so, but we are the poor
  2. Duke’s officers; but truly, for mine own part, if I were as
  3. tedious as a king, I could find in my heart to bestow it all
  4. of your worship.

Leonato

22
  1. All thy tediousness on me, ah?

Dogberry

23 - 25
  1. Yea, and ’twere a thousand pound more than ’tis, for I hear
  2. as good exclamation on your worship as of any man in the
  3. city, and though I be but a poor man, I am glad to hear it.

Verges

26
  1. And so am I.

Leonato

27
  1. I would fain know what you have to say.

Verges

28 - 30
  1. Marry, sir, our watch tonight, excepting your worship’s
  2. presence, ha’ ta’en a couple of as arrant knaves as any in
  3. Messina.

Dogberry

31 - 37
  1. A good old man, sir, he will be talking; as they say, When
  2. the age is in, the wit is out.” God help us, it is a world
  3. to see! Well said, i’ faith, neighbor Verges. Well, God’s a
  4. good man; and two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind.
  5. An honest soul, i’ faith, sir, by my troth he is, as ever
  6. broke bread; but God is to be worshipp’d; all men are not
  7. alike, alas, good neighbor!

Leonato

38
  1. Indeed, neighbor, he comes too short of you.

Dogberry

39
  1. Gifts that God gives.

Leonato

40
  1. I must leave you.

Dogberry

41 - 43
  1. One word, sir. Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two
  2. aspicious persons, and we would have them this morning
  3. examin’d before your worship.

Leonato

44 - 45
  1. Take their examination yourself, and bring it me. I am now
  2. in great haste, as it may appear unto you.

Dogberry

46
  1. It shall be suffigance.

Leonato

47
  1. Drink some wine ere you go; fare you well.
  1. Enter a Messenger.

Messenger

49 - 50
  1. My lord, they stay for you to give your daughter to her
  2. husband.

Leonato

51
  1. I’ll wait upon them, I am ready.
  1. Exeunt Leonato and Messenger.

Dogberry

53 - 55
  1. Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacole, bid him
  2. bring his pen and inkhorn to the jail. We are now to
  3. examination these men.

Verges

56
  1. And we must do it wisely.

Dogberry

57 - 60
  1. We will spare for no wit, I warrant you. Here’s that shall
  2. drive some of them to a non-come; only get the learned
  3. writer to set down our excommunication, and meet me at the
  4. jail.
  1. Exeunt.
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