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ACT III - SCENE V. Another room in LEONATO'S house.
Enter LEONATO, with DOGBERRY and VERGES

LEONATO
1    What would you with me, honest neighbour?
DOGBERRY
2    Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with you
3    that decerns you nearly.
LEONATO
4    Brief, I pray you; for you see it is a busy time with me.
DOGBERRY
5    Marry, this it is, sir.
VERGES
6    Yes, in truth it is, sir.
LEONATO
7    What is it, my good friends?
DOGBERRY
8    Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the
9    matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are not so
10   blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but,
11   in faith, honest as the skin between his brows.
VERGES
12   Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living
13   that is an old man and no honester than I.
DOGBERRY
14   Comparisons are odorous: palabras, neighbour Verges.
LEONATO
15   Neighbours, you are tedious.
DOGBERRY
16   It pleases your worship to say so, but we are the
17   poor duke's officers; but truly, for mine own part,
18   if I were as tedious as a king, I could find it in
19   my heart to bestow it all of your worship.
LEONATO
20   All thy tediousness on me, ah?
DOGBERRY
21   Yea, an 'twere a thousand pound more than 'tis; for
22   I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any
23   man in the city; and though I be but a poor man, I
24   am glad to hear it.
VERGES
25   And so am I.
LEONATO
26   I would fain know what you have to say.
VERGES
27   Marry, sir, our watch to-night, excepting your
28   worship's presence, ha' ta'en a couple of as arrant
29   knaves as any in Messina.
DOGBERRY
30   A good old man, sir; he will be talking: as they
31   say, when the age is in, the wit is out: God help
32   us! it is a world to see. Well said, i' faith,
33   neighbour Verges: well, God's a good man; an two men
34   ride of a horse, one must ride behind. An honest
35   soul, i' faith, sir; by my troth he is, as ever
36   broke bread; but God is to be worshipped; all men
37   are not alike; alas, good neighbour!
LEONATO
38   Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short of you.
DOGBERRY
39   Gifts that God gives.
LEONATO
40   I must leave you.
DOGBERRY
41   One word, sir: our watch, sir, have indeed
42   comprehended two aspicious persons, and we would
43   have them this morning examined before your worship.
LEONATO
44   Take their examination yourself and bring it me: I
45   am now in great haste, as it may appear unto you.
DOGBERRY
46   It shall be suffigance.
LEONATO
47   Drink some wine ere you go: fare you well.
Enter a Messenger

Messenger
48   My lord, they stay for you to give your daughter to
49   her husband.
LEONATO
50   I'll wait upon them: I am ready.
Exeunt LEONATO and Messenger

DOGBERRY
51   Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacole;
52   bid him bring his pen and inkhorn to the gaol: we
53   are now to examination these men.
VERGES
54   And we must do it wisely.
DOGBERRY
55   We will spare for no wit, I warrant you; here's
56   that shall drive some of them to a non-come: only
57   get the learned writer to set down our
58   excommunication and meet me at the gaol.
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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