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ACT II - SCENE II. The same.
Enter DON JOHN and BORACHIO

DON JOHN
1    It is so; the Count Claudio shall marry the
2    daughter of Leonato.
BORACHIO
3    Yea, my lord; but I can cross it.
DON JOHN
4    Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be
5    medicinable to me: I am sick in displeasure to him,
6    and whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges
7    evenly with mine. How canst thou cross this marriage?
BORACHIO
8    Not honestly, my lord; but so covertly that no
9    dishonesty shall appear in me.
DON JOHN
10   Show me briefly how.
BORACHIO
11   I think I told your lordship a year since, how much
12   I am in the favour of Margaret, the waiting
13   gentlewoman to Hero.
DON JOHN
14   I remember.
BORACHIO
15   I can, at any unseasonable instant of the night,
16   appoint her to look out at her lady's chamber window.
DON JOHN
17   What life is in that, to be the death of this marriage?
BORACHIO
18   The poison of that lies in you to temper. Go you to
19   the prince your brother; spare not to tell him that
20   he hath wronged his honour in marrying the renowned
21   Claudio--whose estimation do you mightily hold
22   up--to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.
DON JOHN
23   What proof shall I make of that?
BORACHIO
24   Proof enough to misuse the prince, to vex Claudio,
25   to undo Hero and kill Leonato. Look you for any
26   other issue?
DON JOHN
27   Only to despite them, I will endeavour any thing.
BORACHIO
28   Go, then; find me a meet hour to draw Don Pedro and
29   the Count Claudio alone: tell them that you know
30   that Hero loves me; intend a kind of zeal both to the
31   prince and Claudio, as,--in love of your brother's
32   honour, who hath made this match, and his friend's
33   reputation, who is thus like to be cozened with the
34   semblance of a maid,--that you have discovered
35   thus. They will scarcely believe this without trial:
36   offer them instances; which shall bear no less
37   likelihood than to see me at her chamber-window,
38   hear me call Margaret Hero, hear Margaret term me
39   Claudio; and bring them to see this the very night
40   before the intended wedding,--for in the meantime I
41   will so fashion the matter that Hero shall be
42   absent,--and there shall appear such seeming truth
43   of Hero's disloyalty that jealousy shall be called
44   assurance and all the preparation overthrown.
DON JOHN
45   Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put
46   it in practise. Be cunning in the working this, and
47   thy fee is a thousand ducats.
BORACHIO
48   Be you constant in the accusation, and my cunning
49   shall not shame me.
DON JOHN
50   I will presently go learn their day of marriage.
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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