Much Ado About Nothing
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Enter Sir Iohn the Bastard, and Conrade his Enter Don John the Bastard and Conrade his MA I.iii.1.1
companion. companion MA I.iii.1.2
Con. CONRADE 
What the good yeere my Lord, why are you thus What the good-year, my lord! Why are you thusgood-year / goodyear, what the
old form: good yeere
[expression of impatience] what the deuce
MA I.iii.1
out of measure sad?out of measure sad?measure (n.)limit, moderation, extent not to be exceededMA I.iii.2
sad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
Ioh. DON JOHN 
There is no measure in the occasion that There is no measure in the occasion thatmeasure (n.)limit, moderation, extent not to be exceededMA I.iii.3
breeds, therefore the sadnesse is without limit.breeds; therefore the sadness is without limit. MA I.iii.4
Con. CONRADE 
You should heare reason.You should hear reason. MA I.iii.5
Iohn. DON JOHN 
And when I haue heard it, what blessing bringeth And when I have heard it, what blessing brings MA I.iii.6
it?it? MA I.iii.7
Con. CONRADE 
If not a present remedy, yet a patient If not a present remedy, at least a patient MA I.iii.8
sufferance.sufferance.sufferance (n.)endurance, forbearance, patienceMA I.iii.9
Ioh. DON JOHN 
I wonder that thou (being as thou saist thou I wonder that thou – being, as thou sayest thouwonder (v.)marvel [at], be astonished [at]MA I.iii.10
art, borne vnder Saturne) goest about to apply a morall art, born under Saturn – goest about to apply a moralSaturn (n.)planet particularly associated with melancholic, morose, or vengeful temperamentsMA I.iii.11
go about (v.)endeavour, set to work, start trying
medicine, to a mortifying mischiefe: I cannot hide what medicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot hide whatmortifying (adj.)killing, deadly, lethalMA I.iii.12
mischief (n.)
old form: mischiefe
disease, ailment, misfortune
I am: I must bee sad when I haue cause, and smile at noI am. I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at nosad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomyMA I.iii.13
mans iests, eat when I haue stomacke, and wait for noman's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no MA I.iii.14
mans leisure: sleepe when I am drowsie, and tend on noman's leisure; sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on no MA I.iii.15
mans businesse, laugh when I am merry, and claw no man's business; laugh when I am merry, and claw noclaw (v.)flatter, fawn upon, butter upMA I.iii.16
man in his humor.man in his humour.humour (n.)
old form: humor
style, method, way, fashion
MA I.iii.17
Con. CONRADE 
Yea, but you must not make the ful show of this,Yea, but you must not make the full show of this MA I.iii.18
till you may doe it without controllment, you haue of late till you may do it without controlment. You have of latecontrolment (n.)
old form: controllment
control, restraint, check
MA I.iii.19
stood out against your brother, and hee hath tane you stood out against your brother, and he hath ta'en you MA I.iii.20
newly into his grace, where it is impossible you should newly into his grace, where it is impossible you should MA I.iii.21
take root, but by the faire weather that you maketake true root but by the fair weather that you make MA I.iii.22
your selfe, it is needful that you frame the season for youryourself; it is needful that you frame the season for yourframe (v.)arrange, organize, planMA I.iii.23
owne haruest.own harvest. MA I.iii.24
Iohn. DON JOHN 
I had rather be a canker in a hedge, then a roseI had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rosecanker (n./adj.)wild-rose, dog-rose [that grows wildly]MA I.iii.25
in his grace, and it better fits my bloud to be disdain'd in his grace, and it better fits my blood to be disdainedfit (v.)suit, befit, be suitable [for]MA I.iii.26
blood (n.)
old form: bloud
disposition, temper, mood
of all, then to fashion a carriage to rob loue from any: in of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any. Infashion (v.)form, shape, make [into]MA I.iii.27
carriage (n.)bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour
this (though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest MA I.iii.28
man) it must not be denied but I am a plaine dealing man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealingbut (conj.)thatMA I.iii.29
villaine, I am trusted with a mussell, and enfranchisde with villain. I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised withenfranchise (v.)
old form: enfranchisde
set free, liberate
MA I.iii.30
a clog, therefore I haue decreed, not to sing in my cage: a clog; therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage.decree (v.)arrange, decide, resolveMA I.iii.31
clog (n.)wooden block, heavy piece of wood
if I had my mouth, I would bite: if I had my liberty, I If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I MA I.iii.32
would do my liking: in the meane time, let me be that I would do my liking. In the meantime, let me be that I MA I.iii.33
am, and seeke not to alter me.am, and seek not to alter me. MA I.iii.34
Con. CONRADE 
Can you make no vse of your discontent?Can you make no use of your discontent? MA I.iii.35
Iohn. DON JOHN 
I will make all vse of it, for I vse it onely. Who I make all use of it, for I use it only. Who MA I.iii.36
comes here? comes here? MA I.iii.37
Enter Borachio.Enter Borachio MA I.iii.38
what newes Borachio?What news, Borachio? MA I.iii.38
Bor. BORACHIO 
I came yonder from a great supper, the PrinceI came yonder from a great supper. The Prince MA I.iii.39
your brother is royally entertained by Leonato, and I canyour brother is royally entertained by Leonato; and I can MA I.iii.40
giue you intelligence of an intended marriage.give you intelligence of an intended marriage. MA I.iii.41
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Will it serue for any Modell to build mischiefeWill it serve for any model to build mischief model (n.)
old form: Modell
design, blueprint, ground-plan
MA I.iii.42
on? What is hee for a foole that betrothes himselfe toon? What is he for a fool that betroths himself to MA I.iii.43
vnquietnesse?unquietness? MA I.iii.44
Bor. BORACHIO 
Mary it is your brothers right hand.Marry, it is your brother's right hand.marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMA I.iii.45
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Who, the most exquisite Claudio?Who? The most exquisite Claudio? MA I.iii.46
Bor. BORACHIO 
Euen he.Even he. MA I.iii.47
Iohn. DON JOHN 
A proper squier, and who, and who, which A proper squire! And who, and who? Whichproper (adj.)thorough, absolute, completeMA I.iii.48
squire (n.)
old form: squier
young lover, beau, gallant
way lookes he?way looks he? MA I.iii.49
Bor. BORACHIO 
Mary on Hero, the daughter and Heire of Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir of MA I.iii.50
Leonato. Leonato. MA I.iii.51
Iohn. DON JOHN 
A very forward March-chicke, how came youA very forward March-chick! How came youMarch-chick (n.)
old form: March-chicke
precocious youth, presumptuous youngster
MA I.iii.52
forward (adj.)promising, early-maturing, precocious
to this?to this? MA I.iii.53
Bor. BORACHIO 
Being entertain'd for a perfumer, as I was Being entertained for a perfumer, as I wasentertain (v.)
old form: entertain'd
hire, employ, maintain, take into service
MA I.iii.54
perfumer (n.)someone employed to make rooms smell sweetly
smoaking a musty roome, comes me the Prince and smoking a musty room, comes me the Prince andsmoke (v.)
old form: smoaking
perfume, fumigate, deodorize
MA I.iii.55
Claudio, hand in hand in sad conference: I whipt Claudio, hand in hand, in sad conference. I whipt mewhip (v.)
old form: whipt
dash, hurry, hasten
MA I.iii.56
sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemn
behind the Arras, and there heard it agreed vpon, that behind the arras, and there heard it agreed upon thatarras (n.)tapestry hangingMA I.iii.57
the Prince should wooe Hero for himselfe, and hauing the Prince should woo Hero for himself, and having MA I.iii.58
obtain'd her, giue her to Count Claudio.obtained her, give her to Count Claudio. MA I.iii.59
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Come, come, let vs thither, this may proue Come, come, let us thither; this may prove MA I.iii.60
food to my displeasure, that young start-vp hath all the food to my displeasure. That young start-up hath all thestart-up (n.)
old form: start-vp
upstart, opportunist, climber
MA I.iii.61
glorie of my ouerthrow: if I can crosse him any way, glory of my overthrow; if I can cross him any way,cross (v.)
old form: crosse
afflict, plague, go against
MA I.iii.62
I blesse my selfe euery way, you are both sure, and will I bless myself every way. You are both sure, and willsure (adj.)loyal, trustworthy, steadfastMA I.iii.63
assist mee?assist me? MA I.iii.64
Conr. CONRADE 
To the death my Lord.To the death, my lord. MA I.iii.65
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Let vs to the great supper, their cheere is theLet us to the great supper; their cheer is thecheer (n.)
old form: cheere
cheerfulness, mirth, joy
MA I.iii.66
greater that I am subdued, would the Cooke were of mygreater that I am subdued. Would the cook were o' my MA I.iii.67
minde: shall we goe proue whats to be done?mind! Shall we go prove what's to be done?prove (v.)
old form: proue
test, try out, make trial [of]
MA I.iii.68
Bor. BORACHIO 
Wee'll wait vpon your Lordship. We'll wait upon your lordship. MA I.iii.69
Exeunt. Exeunt MA I.iii.69
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