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Hero. Nor, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come,
Enter BEATRICE, behind.
Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
Hero. Then go we near her, that her ear lose nothing 2 ņģē tiētiņ22ņēmēģēmēģ2ņģētiņņģ2222/2/2ūtiņģtiffiffiūtiņtiâ–
[They advance to the bower,
Urs. But are you sure
Hero. So says the prince and my new-troth'd lord.
Hero. They did entreat me to acquaint her of it:
Urs. Why did you so? Doth not the gentleman
Hero. O God of love! I know, he doth deserve
Urs, Sure, I think so;
Hero. Why, you speak truth: I never yet saw man,
She'd swear, the gentleman should be her sister.
Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.
Hero. No, not to be so odd, and from all fashions,
Urs. Yet tell her of it; hear what she will say.
Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick,
Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong.
Herc. He is the only man of Italy,
Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam,
Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name.
Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it.When are you married, madam ?
Hero. Why, every day ;-to-morrow : Come, go in; I'll show thee some attires; and have thy counsel, Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow.
Urs. She's limed, I 1 warrant you; we have caught her, madam.
Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps : Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
[Exeunt HERO and URSULA. ·
* Ready. + Conversation. t Ensnared with birdlime.
And Benedick, love on, I will requite thee;
Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand; If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee
To bind our loves up in a holy band : _ For others say, thou dost deserve; and I Believe it better than reportingly.
Exit. SCENE II.- A Room in LEONATO's House. Enter Don PEDRO, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, and LEONATO. D. Pedro. I do but stay till your marriage be consummate, and then I go toward Arragon.
Claud. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll vouchsafe me.
D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in the new gloss of your marriage, as to show a child his new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will only be bold with Benedick for his company; for. from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, he is all mirth; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him: he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks, his tongue speaks.
Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been.
D. Pedro. Hang him, truant; there's no true drop of blood in him, to be truly touch'd with love: If he be sad, he wants money.
Bene. I have the toothache.
D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange disguises; as, to be a Dutchman to-day; a Frenchman to-morrow; or in the shape of two countries at once, as, a German from the waist downward, all slops ;* and a Spaniard from the hip upward, no doublet: Unless he have a fancy to this foolery, as it appears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you would have it appear he is.
Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, there is no believing old signs: he brushes his hato' mornings; What should that bode ?
D. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the barber's ?
Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been seen with him ; and the old ornament of his cheek hath already stuffed tennisballs.
Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did by the loss of a beard.
D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: Can you smell him out by that?
* Large loose breeches.
Claud. That's as much as to say the sweet youth's in love.
D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the which I hear what they say of him.
Člaud. Nay, but his jesting spirit; which is now crept into a lutestring, and now governed by stops.
D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him: Conclude, conclude, he is in love.
Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him.
D. Pedro. That would I know too: I warrant, one that knows him not.
Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in despite of all, dies for him.
D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face upwards.
Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ache.-Old signior, walk aside with me; I have studied eight or nine wise words tó speak to you, which these hobby-horses must not hear.
[Exeunt BENEDICK and LEONATO. D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.
Claud. "Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have, by this, played their parts with Beatrice; and then the two bears will not bite one another when they meet.
Enter Don JOHN.
D. John. If it please you ;-yet count Claudio may hear; for what I would speak of concerns him.
D. Pedro. What's the matter ?
D. John. You may think I love you not: let that appear hercafter, and aim better at me by that I now will manifest: For my brother, I think he holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect your ensuing marriage : surely, suit ill spent, and labour ill bestowed !
D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter ?
D. John. I came hither to tell you : and, circumstances shortened (for she hath been too long a talking of), the lady is disloyal.
Claud. Who? Hero ?
D. John. Even she; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, every man's Hero.
Claud. Disloyal ?
D. John. The word is too good to paint out her wickedness; I could say, she were worse; think you of a worse title, and I will fit her to it. Wonder not till further warrant: go but with me
to-night, you shall see her chamber-window entered, even the night before her wedding-day: if you love her then, to-morrow wed her; but it would better fit your honour to change your mind.
Claud. May this be so ?
D. John. If you dare not trust that you see, confess not that you know: if you will follow me, I will show you enough; and when you have seen more, and heard more, proceed accordingly.
Claud. If I see anything to-night why I should not marry her to-morrow; in the congregation, where I should wed, there will I shame her.
D. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will join with thee to disgrace her.
D. John. I will disparage her no farther, till you are my witnesses: bear it coldly but till midnight, and let the issue show
D. Pedro. O day untowardly turned !
D. John. O plague right well prevented !
SCENE III.-A Street.
Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer salvation body and soul.
Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good for them, if they should have any allegiance in them, being chosen for the prince's watch.
Verg. Well, give them their charge, neighbour Dogberry.
Dogb. First, who think you the most desartless man to be constable ?
1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, Sir, or George Seacoal; for they can write and read.
Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal. God hath blessed you with a good name: to be a well-favoured man is the gift of ortune; but to write and read comes by nature. 2 Watch. Both which, master constable, — .
Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your answer. Well, for your favour, Sir, why, give God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity. You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch; therefore bear you the lantern: This is your charge; You shall comprehend all vagrom men : you are to bid any man stand in the prince's name.
2 Watch. How if he will not stand ?
Dogb. Why then take no note of him, but let him go; and presently call the rest of the watch together, and thank God you are rid of a knave.