Much Ado About Nothing
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Enter Benedicke and Margaret.Enter Benedick and Margaret MA V.ii.1
Ben. BENEDICK 
Praie thee sweete Mistris Margaret, deseruePray thee, sweet Mistress Margaret, deserve MA V.ii.1
well at my hands, by helping mee to the speech of well at my hands by helping me to the speech of MA V.ii.2
Beatrice.Beatrice. MA V.ii.3
Mar. MARGARET 
Will you then write me a Sonnet in praise ofWill you then write me a sonnet in praise of MA V.ii.4
my beautie?my beauty? MA V.ii.5
Bene. BENEDICK 
In so high a stile Margaret, that no man liuingIn so high a style, Margaret, that no man living MA V.ii.6
shall come ouer it, for in most comely truth thou shall come over it; for, in most comely truth, thoucome over (v.)
old form: ouer
exceed, surpass
MA V.ii.7
deseruest it.deservest it. MA V.ii.8
Mar. MARGARET 
To haue no man come ouer me, why, shall I To have no man come over me! Why, shall I MA V.ii.9
alwaies keepe below staires?always keep below stairs?keep below stairs
old form: keepe, staires
remain a servant
MA V.ii.10
Bene. BENEDICK 
Thy wit is as quicke as the grey-hounds mouth,Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's mouth;wit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuityMA V.ii.11
it catches.it catches.catch (v.)seize, get hold of, captureMA V.ii.12
Mar. MARGARET 
And yours, as blunt as the Fencers foiles, whichAnd yours as blunt as the fencer's foils, whichfoil (n.)
old form: foiles
sword, rapier
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hit, but hurt not.hit, but hurt not. MA V.ii.14
Bene. BENEDICK 
A most manly wit Margaret, it will not hurt aA most manly wit, Margaret; it will not hurt a MA V.ii.15
woman: and so I pray thee call Beatrice, I giue thee woman. And so, I pray thee, call Beatrice; I give thee MA V.ii.16
the bucklers.the bucklers.buckler (n.)small round shieldMA V.ii.17
Mar. MARGARET 
Giue vs the swords, wee haue bucklers of ourGive us the swords; we have bucklers of our MA V.ii.18
owne.own. MA V.ii.19
Bene. BENEDICK 
If you vse them Margaret, you must put in If you use them, Margaret, you must put in MA V.ii.20
the pikes with a vice, and they are dangerous weapons the pikes with a vice; and they are dangerous weaponspike (n.)central spike in a bucklerMA V.ii.21
via, fia (int.)screw
for Maides.for maids. MA V.ii.22
Mar. MARGARET 
Well, I will call Beatrice to you, who I thinkeWell, I will call Beatrice to you, who I think MA V.ii.23
hath legges. hath legs. MA V.ii.24
Exit Margarite.Exit Margaret MA V.ii.24
Ben. BENEDICK 
And therefore will come. And therefore will come. MA V.ii.25
The God of loue (sings) The God of love, MA V.ii.26
that sits aboue, That sits above, MA V.ii.27
and knowes me, and knowes me, And knows me, and knows me, MA V.ii.28
how pittifull I deserue. How pitiful I deserve – MA V.ii.29
I meane in singing, but in louing, Leander the good I mean in singing; but in loving, Leander the goodLeander (n.)[li'ander] young man in love with Hero, who lived on the opposite side of the Hellespont; each night he swam across, guided by her lampMA V.ii.30
swimmer, Troilous the first imploier of pandars, and a swimmer, Troilus the first employer of panders, and aTroilus (n.)[pron: 'troylus] youngest son of Priam and Hecuba; killed by Achilles; lover of CressidaMA V.ii.31
pander, pandar (n.)pimp, procurer, go-between
whole booke full of these quondam carpet-mongers, whole bookful of these quondam carpet-mongers,carpet-monger (n.)frequenter of [carpeted] boudoirs, ladies' manMA V.ii.32
quondam (adj.)former, erstwhile, previous
whose name yet runne smoothly in the euen rode of a whose names yet run smoothly in the even road of a MA V.ii.33
blanke verse, why they were neuer so truely turned ouer blank verse, why, they were never so truly turned over MA V.ii.34
and ouer as my poore selfe in loue: marrie I cannot shew and over as my poor self in love. Marry, I cannot showmarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMA V.ii.35
it rime, I haue tried, I can finde out no rime toit in rhyme, I have tried; I can find out no rhyme to MA V.ii.36
Ladie but babie, an innocent time: for scorne,‘ lady ’ but ‘ baby ’ – an innocent rhyme; for ‘ scorn ’,innocent (adj.)silly, half-witted, foolishMA V.ii.37
horne, a hard time: for schoole foole, a babling ‘ horn ’ – a hard rhyme; for ‘ school ’, ‘ fool ’ – a babbling MA V.ii.38
time: verie ominous endings, no, I was not borne vnder rhyme; very ominous endings. No, I was not born under MA V.ii.39
a riming Plannet, for I cannot wooe in festiuall tearmes:a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms.festival (adj.)
old form: festiuall
light-hearted, befitting a holiday
MA V.ii.40
Enter Beatrice.Enter Beatrice MA V.ii.40
sweete Beatrice would'st thou come when I cal'd thee?Sweet Beatrice, wouldst thou come when I called thee? MA V.ii.41
Beat. BEATRICE 
Yea Signior, and depart when you bid me.Yea, Signor, and depart when you bid me. MA V.ii.42
Bene. BENEDICK 
O stay but till then.O, stay but till then! MA V.ii.43
Beat. BEATRICE 
Then, is spoken: fare you well now, and yet ‘ Then ’ is spoken; fare you well now. And yet,fare ... well (int.)goodbye [to an individual]MA V.ii.44
ere I goe, let me goe with that I came, which is, with knowing ere I go, let me go with that I came, which is, with knowing MA V.ii.45
what hath past betweene you and Claudio.what hath passed between you and Claudio. MA V.ii.46
Bene. BENEDICK 
Onely foule words, and thereupon I will kisse thee.Only foul words; and thereupon I will kiss thee. MA V.ii.47
Beat. BEATRICE 
Foule words is but foule wind, and foule wind is Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is MA V.ii.48
but foule breath, and foule breath is noisome, therefore I but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore Inoisome (adj.)noxious, harmful, evilMA V.ii.49
will depart vnkist.will depart unkissed. MA V.ii.50
Bene. BENEDICK 
Thou hast frighted the word out of his rightThou hast frighted the word out of his rightfright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrifyMA V.ii.51
sence, so forcible is thy wit, but I must tell thee plainely,sense, so forcible is thy wit. But I must tell thee plainly,wit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuityMA V.ii.52
Claudio vndergoes my challenge, and either I must Claudio undergoes my challenge; and either I mustundergo (v.)
old form: vndergoes
fall under, experience, face up to
MA V.ii.53
shortly heare from him, or I will subscribe him a coward, shortly hear from him, or I will subscribe him a coward.subscribe (v.)write one down as, proclaim to beMA V.ii.54
and I pray thee now tell me, for which of my bad parts And I pray thee now, tell me for which of my bad partspart (n.)quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]MA V.ii.55
didst thou first fall in loue with me?didst thou first fall in love with me? MA V.ii.56
Beat. BEATRICE 
For them all together, which maintain'd soFor them all together; which maintained so MA V.ii.57
politique a state of euill, that they will not admit any good politic a state of evil that they will not admit any goodpolitic (adj.)
old form: politique
crafty, wily, self-serving
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part to intermingle with them: but for which of my good part to intermingle with them. But for which of my good MA V.ii.59
parts did you first suffer loue for me?parts did you first suffer love for me? MA V.ii.60
Bene. BENEDICK 
Suffer loue! a good epithite, I do suffer loue Suffer love! A good epithet, I do suffer loveepithet (n.)
old form: epithite
turn of phrase, expression
MA V.ii.61
indeede, for I loue thee against my will.indeed, for I love thee against my will. MA V.ii.62
Beat. BEATRICE 
In spight of your heart I think, alas poore In spite of your heart, I think; alas, poor MA V.ii.63
heart, if you spight it for my sake, I will spight it for yours, heart! If you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for yours; MA V.ii.64
for I will neuer loue that which my friend hates.for I will never love that which my friend hates. MA V.ii.65
Bened. BENEDICK 
Thou and I are too wise to wooe peaceablie.Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably. MA V.ii.66
Bea. BEATRICE 
It appeares not in this confession, there's not It appears not in this confession; there's not MA V.ii.67
one wise man among twentie that will praise himselfe.one wise man among twenty that will praise himself. MA V.ii.68
Bene. BENEDICK 
An old, an old instance Beatrice, that liu'd inAn old, an old instance, Beatrice, that lived in MA V.ii.69
the time of good neighbours, if a man doe not erect inthe time of good neighbours. If a man do not erect in MA V.ii.70
this age his owne tombe ere he dies, hee shall liue no longer this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer MA V.ii.71
in monuments, then the Bels ring, & the Widdow weepes.in monument than the bell rings and the widow weeps.monument (n.)memory, memorial, remembranceMA V.ii.72
Beat. BEATRICE 
And how long is that thinke you?And how long is that, think you? MA V.ii.73
Ben. BENEDICK 
Question, why an hower in clamour and a Question – why, an hour in clamour and a MA V.ii.74
quarter in rhewme, therfore is it most expedient for the quarter in rheum. Therefore is it most expedient for therheum (n.)
old form: rhewme
tears
MA V.ii.75
wise, if Don worme (his conscience) finde no impediment wise, if Don Worm, his conscience, find no impedimentDan, Don (n.)[don, short form of Latin ‘dominus’] master, sirMA V.ii.76
to the contrarie, to be the trumpet of his owne vertues, asto the contrary, to be the trumpet of his own virtues, as MA V.ii.77
I am to my selfe so much for praising my selfe, who I I am to myself. So much for praising myself, who, I MA V.ii.78
my selfe will beare witnesse is praise worthie, and now tellmyself will bear witness, is praiseworthy. And now tell MA V.ii.79
me, how doth your cosin?me, how doth your cousin? MA V.ii.80
Beat. BEATRICE 
Verie ill.Very ill.ill (adv.)badly, adversely, unfavourablyMA V.ii.81
Bene. BENEDICK 
And how doe you?And how do you? MA V.ii.82
Beat. BEATRICE 
Verie ill too.Very ill too. MA V.ii.83
Bene. BENEDICK 
Serue God, loue me, and mend, there will I Serve God, love me, and mend. There will I MA V.ii.84
leaue you too, for here comes one in haste.leave you too, for here comes one in haste. MA V.ii.85
Enter Vrsula.Enter Ursula MA V.ii.85
Vrs. URSULA 
Madam, you must come to your Vncle, yonders Madam, you must come to your uncle. Yonder's MA V.ii.86
old coile at home, it is prooued my Ladie Hero hath bin old coil at home; it is proved my Lady Hero hath beencoil (n.)
old form: coile
turmoil, disturbance, fuss
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old (adj.)plenty of, abundant, more than enough
falselie accusde, the Prince and Claudio mightilie abusde, falsely accused, the Prince and Claudio mightily abused,abuse (v.)
old form: abusde
deceive, mislead, fool, cheat
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and Don Iohn is the author of all, who is fled and gone: and Don John is the author of all, who is fled and gone. MA V.ii.89
will you come presentlie?Will you come presently?presently (adv.)
old form: presentlie
immediately, instantly, at once
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Beat. BEATRICE 
Will you go heare this newes Signior?Will you go hear this news, signor? MA V.ii.91
Bene.BENEDICK 
I will liue in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap and be MA V.ii.92
buried in thy eies: and moreouer, I will goe with thee to buried in thy eyes; and moreover I will go with thee to MA V.ii.93
thy Vncles. thy uncle's. MA V.ii.94
Exeunt.Exeunt MA V.ii.94
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