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ACT III - SCENE II. A room in LEONATO'S house
Enter DON PEDRO, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, and LEONATO

DON PEDRO
1    I do but stay till your marriage be consummate, and
2    then go I toward Arragon.
CLAUDIO
3    I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll
4    vouchsafe me.
DON PEDRO
5    Nay, that would be as great a soil in the new gloss
6    of your marriage as to show a child his new coat
7    and forbid him to wear it. I will only be bold
8    with Benedick for his company; for, from the crown
9    of his head to the sole of his foot, he is all
10   mirth: he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's
11   bow-string and the little hangman dare not shoot at
12   him; he hath a heart as sound as a bell and his
13   tongue is the clapper, for what his heart thinks his
14   tongue speaks.
BENEDICK
15   Gallants, I am not as I have been.
LEONATO
16   So say I methinks you are sadder.
CLAUDIO
17   I hope he be in love.
DON PEDRO
18   Hang him, truant! there's no true drop of blood in
19   him, to be truly touched with love: if he be sad,
20   he wants money.
BENEDICK
21   I have the toothache.
DON PEDRO
22   Draw it.
BENEDICK
23   Hang it!
CLAUDIO
24   You must hang it first, and draw it afterwards.
DON PEDRO
25   What! sigh for the toothache?
LEONATO
26   Where is but a humour or a worm.
BENEDICK
27   Well, every one can master a grief but he that has
28   it.
CLAUDIO
29   Yet say I, he is in love.
DON PEDRO
30   There is no appearance of fancy in him, unless it be
31   a fancy that he hath to strange disguises; as, to be
32   a Dutchman today, a Frenchman to-morrow, or in the
33   shape of two countries at once, as, a German from
34   the waist downward, all slops, and a Spaniard from
35   the hip upward, no doublet. Unless he have a fancy
36   to this foolery, as it appears he hath, he is no
37   fool for fancy, as you would have it appear he is.
CLAUDIO
38   If he be not in love with some woman, there is no
39   believing old signs: a' brushes his hat o'
40   mornings; what should that bode?
DON PEDRO
41   Hath any man seen him at the barber's?
CLAUDIO
42   No, but the barber's man hath been seen with him,
43   and the old ornament of his cheek hath already
44   stuffed tennis-balls.
LEONATO
45   Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by the loss of a beard.
DON PEDRO
46   Nay, a' rubs himself with civet: can you smell him
47   out by that?
CLAUDIO
48   That's as much as to say, the sweet youth's in love.
DON PEDRO
49   The greatest note of it is his melancholy.
CLAUDIO
50   And when was he wont to wash his face?
DON PEDRO
51   Yea, or to paint himself? for the which, I hear
52   what they say of him.
CLAUDIO
53   Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now crept into
54   a lute-string and now governed by stops.
DON PEDRO
55   Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him: conclude,
56   conclude he is in love.
CLAUDIO
57   Nay, but I know who loves him.
DON PEDRO
58   That would I know too: I warrant, one that knows him not.
CLAUDIO
59   Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in despite of
60   all, dies for him.
DON PEDRO
61   She shall be buried with her face upwards.
BENEDICK
62   Yet is this no charm for the toothache. Old
63   signior, walk aside with me: I have studied eight
64   or nine wise words to speak to you, which these
65   hobby-horses must not hear.
Exeunt BENEDICK and LEONATO

DON PEDRO
66   For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.
CLAUDIO
67   'Tis even so. Hero and Margaret have by this
68   played their parts with Beatrice; and then the two
69   bears will not bite one another when they meet.
Enter DON JOHN

DON JOHN
70   My lord and brother, God save you!
DON PEDRO
71   Good den, brother.
DON JOHN
72   If your leisure served, I would speak with you.
DON PEDRO
73   In private?
DON JOHN
74   If it please you: yet Count Claudio may hear; for
75   what I would speak of concerns him.
DON PEDRO
76   What's the matter?
DON JOHN
To CLAUDIO
77    Means your lordship to be married
78   to-morrow?
DON PEDRO
79   You know he does.
DON JOHN
80   I know not that, when he knows what I know.
CLAUDIO
81   If there be any impediment, I pray you discover it.
DON JOHN
82   You may think I love you not: let that appear
83   hereafter, and aim better at me by that I now will
84   manifest. For my brother, I think he holds you
85   well, and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect
86   your ensuing marriage;--surely suit ill spent and
87   labour ill bestowed.
DON PEDRO
88   Why, what's the matter?
DON JOHN
89   I came hither to tell you; and, circumstances
90   shortened, for she has been too long a talking of,
91   the lady is disloyal.
CLAUDIO
92   Who, Hero?
DON PEDRO
93   Even she; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, every man's Hero:
CLAUDIO
94   Disloyal?
DON JOHN
95   The word is too good to paint out her wickedness; I
96   could say she were worse: think you of a worse
97   title, and I will fit her to it. Wonder not till
98   further warrant: go but with me to-night, you shall
99   see her chamber-window entered, even the night
100  before her wedding-day: if you love her then,
101  to-morrow wed her; but it would better fit your honour
102  to change your mind.
CLAUDIO
103  May this be so?
DON PEDRO
104  I will not think it.
DON JOHN
105  If you dare not trust that you see, confess not
106  that you know: if you will follow me, I will show
107  you enough; and when you have seen more and heard
108  more, proceed accordingly.
CLAUDIO
109  If I see any thing to-night why I should not marry
110  her to-morrow in the congregation, where I should
111  wed, there will I shame her.
DON PEDRO
112  And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will join
113  with thee to disgrace her.
DON JOHN
114  I will disparage her no farther till you are my
115  witnesses: bear it coldly but till midnight, and
116  let the issue show itself.
DON PEDRO
117  O day untowardly turned!
CLAUDIO
118  O mischief strangely thwarting!
DON JOHN
119  O plague right well prevented! so will you say when
120  you have seen the sequel.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV

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