Much Ado About Nothing
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Enter Leonato, his brother, his wife, Hero his daughter, andEnter Leonato, Antonio, Hero, Beatrice, Margaret, MA II.i.1.1
Beatrice his neece, and a kinsman.and Ursula MA II.i.1.2
Leonato. LEONATO 
Was not Count Iohn here at supper?Was not Count John here at supper? MA II.i.1
Brother. ANTONIO 
I saw him not.I saw him not. MA II.i.2
Beatrice. BEATRICE 
How tartly that Gentleman lookes, I neuer can see How tartly that gentleman looks! I never can seetartly (adv.)sourly, grouchily, with a bitter demeanourMA II.i.3
him, but I am heart-burn'd an howre after.him but I am heart-burned an hour after. MA II.i.4
Hero. HERO 
He is of a very melancholy disposition.He is of a very melancholy disposition. MA II.i.5
Beatrice. BEATRICE 
Hee were an excellent man that were made iust He were an excellent man that were made just MA II.i.6
in the mid-way betweene him and Benedicke, the one is in the midway between him and Benedick; the one is MA II.i.7
too like an image and saies nothing, and the other tootoo like an image and says nothing, and the other tooimage (n.)effigy, statue, sculptureMA II.i.8
like my Ladies eldest sonne, euermore tatling.like my lady's eldest son, evermore tattling. MA II.i.9
Leon. LEONATO 
Then halfe signior Benedicks tongue in CountThen half Signor Benedick's tongue in Count MA II.i.10
Iohns mouth, and halfe Count Iohns melancholy in John's mouth, and half Count John's melancholy in MA II.i.11
Signior Benedicks face.Signor Benedick's face – MA II.i.12
Beat. BEATRICE 
With a good legge, and a good foot vnckle, andWith a good leg and a good foot, uncle, and MA II.i.13
money enough in his purse, such a man would winne anymoney enough in his purse, such a man would win any MA II.i.14
woman in the world, if he could get her good will.woman in the world, if 'a could get her good will. MA II.i.15
Leon. LEONATO 
By my troth Neece, thou wilt neuer get thee aBy my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee atroth, by myby my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]MA II.i.16
husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.husband if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.shrewd (adj.)harsh, hard, severeMA II.i.17
Brother. ANTONIO 
Infaith shee's too curst.In faith, she's too curst.curst (adj.)bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, crossMA II.i.18
Beat. BEATRICE 
Too curst is more then curst, I shall lessen Too curst is more than curst. I shall lessen MA II.i.19
Gods sending that way: for it is said, God sends a curst God's sending that way; for it is said, ‘ God sends a curst MA II.i.20
Cow short hornes, but to a Cow too curst he sends none.cow short horns ’, but to a cow too curst he sends none. MA II.i.21
Leon. LEONATO 
So, by being too curst, God will send you noSo, by being too curst, God will send you no MA II.i.22
hornes.horns. MA II.i.23
Beat. BEATRICE 
Iust, if he send me no husband, for the whichJust, if he send me no husband; for the whichjust (adv.)
old form: Iust
quite so, correct
MA II.i.24
blessing, I am at him vpon my knees euery morning andblessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and MA II.i.25
euening: Lord, I could not endure a husband with aevening. Lord, I could not endure a husband with a MA II.i.26
beard on his face, I had rather lie in the woollen.beard on his face! I had rather lie in the woollen.woollen, lie in thesleep in rough blanketsMA II.i.27
Leonato. LEONATO 
You may light vpon a husband that hath no beard.You may light on a husband that hath no beard. MA II.i.28
Batrice. BEATRICE 
What should I doe with him? dresse him in my What should I do with him? Dress him in my MA II.i.29
apparell, and make him my waiting gentlewoman? heapparel and make him my waiting-gentlewoman? Heapparel (n.)
old form: apparell
clothes, clothing, dress
MA II.i.30
that hath a beard, is more then a youth: and he that haththat hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath MA II.i.31
no beard, is lesse then a man: and hee that is more then ano beard is less than a man; and he that is more than a MA II.i.32
youth, is not for mee: and he that is lesse then a man, I amyouth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am MA II.i.33
not for him: therefore I will euen take sixepence in not for him. Therefore I will even take sixpence in MA II.i.34
earnest of the Berrord, and leade his Apes into hell.earnest of the bear-ward, and lead his apes into hell.bearherd, bear-herd, bearard, bearward, berrord (n.)
old form: Berrord
bear-keeper, bear-handler [for dancing or baiting]
MA II.i.35
earnest (n.)pledge, instalment, deposit, payment in advance
Leon. LEONATO 
Well then, goe you into hell.Well, then, go you into hell? MA II.i.36
Beat. BEATRICE 
No, but to the gate, and there will the DeuillNo, but to the gate; and there will the devil MA II.i.37
meete mee like an old Cuckold with hornes on his head,meet me, like an old cuckold with horns on his head,cuckold (n.)[mocking name] man with an unfaithful wifeMA II.i.38
and say, get you to heauen Beatrice, get you to heauen,and say ‘ Get you to heaven, Beatrice, get you to heaven; MA II.i.39
heere's no place for you maids, so deliuer I vp my Apes,here's no place for you maids.’ So deliver I up my apes, MA II.i.40
and away to S. Peter: for the heauens, hee shewes meeand away to Saint Peter for the heavens; he shows me MA II.i.41
where the Batchellers sit, and there liue wee as merry aswhere the bachelors sit, and there live we as merry asbachelor (n.)
old form: Batchellers
unmarried person [man or woman]
MA II.i.42
the day is long.the day is long. MA II.i.43
Brother.ANTONIO  
(to Hero) MA II.i.44
Well neece, I trust you will be rul'd Well, niece, I trust you will be ruled MA II.i.44
by your father.by your father. MA II.i.45
Beatrice. BEATRICE 
Yes faith, it is my cosens dutie to make Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make MA II.i.46
curtsie, and say, as it please you: but yet for all curtsy and say, ‘ Father, as it please you.’ But yet for allcourtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.)
old form: cursie
curtsy, bow, gesture of respect
MA II.i.47
that cosin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make MA II.i.48
an other cursie, and say, father, as it please me.another curtsy and say, ‘ Father, as it please me.’ MA II.i.49
Leonato. LEONATO 
Well neece, I hope to see you one day fitted with Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with MA II.i.50
a husband.a husband. MA II.i.51
Beatrice. BEATRICE 
Not till God make men of some other mettall Not till God make men of some other metalmetal (n.)
old form: mettall
substance, material, fabric
MA II.i.52
then earth, would it not grieue a woman to be than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be MA II.i.53
ouermastred with a peece of valiant dust? to make over-mastered with a pierce of valiant dust? To make an MA II.i.54
account of her life to a clod of waiward marle? no account of her life to a clod of wayward marl? No,marl (n.)
old form: marle
clay, earth, loam
MA II.i.55
vnckle, ile none: Adams sonnes are my brethren, and uncle, I'll none. Adam's sons are my brethren, and,Adam (n.)in the Bible, the first human being, who disobeyed GodMA II.i.56
truly I hold it a sinne to match in my kinred.truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.match (v.)join in marriage, make a matchMA II.i.57
Leon. LEONATO 
Daughter, remember what I told you, if theDaughter, remember what I told you. If the MA II.i.58
Prince doe solicit you in that kinde, you know your Prince do solicit you in that kind, you know yourkind (n.)
old form: kinde
manner, way, state
MA II.i.59
answere.answer. MA II.i.60
Beatrice. BEATRICE 
The fault will be in the musicke cosin, if youThe fault will be in the music, cousin, if you MA II.i.61
be not woed in good time: if the Prince bee too important, be not wooed in good time. If the Prince be too important,important (adj.)urgent, pressing, demanding, importunateMA II.i.62
tell him there is measure in euery thing, & so dancetell him there is measure in everything and so dancemeasure (n.)limit, moderation, extent not to be exceededMA II.i.63
out the answere, for heare me Hero, wooing, wedding, out the answer. For hear me, Hero: wooing, wedding, MA II.i.64
& repenting, is as a Scotch ijgge, a measure, and a and repenting, is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and ameasure (n.)slow stately dance, graceful movementMA II.i.65
jig (n.)
old form: ijgge
lively song; frivolous dance
cinque-pace: the first suite is hot and hasty like a Scotch cinquepace; the first suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotchcinquepace (n.)five-step capering danceMA II.i.66
suit (n.)
old form: suite
wooing, courtship
ijgge (and full as fantasticall) the wedding manerly modest,jig, and full as fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest,fantastical (adj.)
old form: fantasticall
fanciful, imaginative, full of wild ideas
MA II.i.67
(as a measure) full of state & aunchentry, and as a measure, full of state and ancientry; andancientry (n.)
old form: aunchentry
decorum, old-fashioned formality, ancient dignity
MA II.i.68
state (n.)splendour, magnificence, stateliness, dignity
then comes repentance, and with his bad legs falls into then comes repentance and, with his bad legs, falls into MA II.i.69
the cinque-pace faster and faster, till he sinkes into his the cinquepace faster and faster, till he sink into his MA II.i.70
graue.grave. MA II.i.71
Leonata. LEONATO 
Cosin you apprehend passing shrewdly.Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly.apprehend (v.)perceive the significance, discern, grasp the matter [of]MA II.i.72
passing (adv.)very, exceedingly, extremely
Beatrice. BEATRICE 
I haue a good eye vnckle, I can see a ChurchI have a good eye, uncle; I can see a church MA II.i.73
by daylight.by daylight. MA II.i.74
Leon. LEONATO 
The reuellers are entring brother, make goodThe revellers are entering, brother; make good MA II.i.75
roome.room. MA II.i.76
All put on their masks MA II.i.77.1
Enter Prince, Pedro, Claudio, and Benedicke, and Balthasar, or dumbe Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthasar, Don MA II.i.77.2
Iohn, Maskers with a drum.John, Borachio, and others, as masquers, with a drum MA II.i.77.3
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Lady, will you walke about with your friend?Lady, will you walk a bout with your friend?bout (n.)round, turn of the floor, division of a danceMA II.i.77
friend (n.)lover, sweetheart, suitor
Hero. HERO 
So you walke softly, and looke sweetly, and saySo you walk softly, and look sweetly, and say MA II.i.78
nothing, I am yours for the walke, and especially when nothing, I am yours for the walk; and especially when MA II.i.79
I walke away.I walk away. MA II.i.80
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
With me in your company.With me in your company? MA II.i.81
Hero. HERO 
I may say so when I please.I may say so, when I please. MA II.i.82
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
And when please you to say so?And when please you to say so? MA II.i.83
Hero. HERO 
When I like your fauour, for God defend the Lute When I like your favour; for God defend the lutedefend (v.)forbid, prohibitMA II.i.84
favour (n.)
old form: fauour
[facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
should be like the case.should be like the case!case (n.)holder, covering, receptacleMA II.i.85
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
My visor is Philemons roofe, within the house is Loue.My visor is Philemon's roof; within the house is Jove.Philemon (n.)[pron: fiy'leemon] peasant who, with his wife Baucis, entertained Jupiter and Mercury when they visited the Earth to test people's hospitalityMA II.i.86
Jove (n.)[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
visor (n.)mask
Hero. HERO 
Why then your visor should be thatcht.Why, then, your visor should be thatched. MA II.i.87.1
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Speake low if you speake Speak low, if you speak love. MA II.i.87.2
Loue.He draws her aside MA II.i.87
Bene. BALTHASAR 
Well, I would you did like me.Well, I would you did like me. MA II.i.88
Mar. MARGARET 
So would not I for your owne sake, for I haueSo would not I, for your own sake; for I have MA II.i.89
manie ill qualities.many ill qualities.ill (adj.)bad, adverse, unfavourableMA II.i.90
Bene. BALTHASAR 
Which is one?Which is one? MA II.i.91
Mar. MARGARET 
I say my prayers alowd.I say my prayers aloud. MA II.i.92
Ben. BALTHASAR 
I loue you the better, the hearers may cry I love you the better; the hearers may cry MA II.i.93
Amen.Amen. MA II.i.94
Mar. MARGARET 
God match me with a good dauncer.God match me with a good dancer! MA II.i.95
Balt. BALTHASAR 
Amen.Amen. MA II.i.96
Mar. MARGARET 
And God keepe him out of my sight when theAnd God keep him out of my sight when the MA II.i.97
daunce is done: answer Clarke.dance is done! Answer, clerk.clerk (n.)
old form: Clarke
parish clerk, prayer-leader
MA II.i.98
Balt. BALTHASAR 
No more words, the Clarke is answered.No more words; the clerk is answered. MA II.i.99
Vrsula. URSULA 
I know you well enough, you are Signior Anthonio. I know you well enough; you are Signor Antonio. MA II.i.100
Anth. ANTONIO 
At a word, I am not.At a word, I am not.word, at ain a word, once and for all, in shortMA II.i.101
Vrsula. URSULA 
I know you by the wagling of your head.I know you by the waggling of your head. MA II.i.102
Anth. ANTONIO 
To tell you true, I counterfet him.To tell you true, I counterfeit him.counterfeit (v.)
old form: counterfet
copy, imitate, simulate
MA II.i.103
Vrsu. URSULA 
You could neuer doe him so ill well, vnlesse you You could never do him so ill-well unless youdo (v.)
old form: doe
perform, play one's part, act
MA II.i.104
ill-well (adv.)
old form: ill well
wickedly well, cruelly accurately
were the very man: here's his dry hand vp & down,were the very man. Here's his dry hand up and down;dry (adj.)dried, withered, shrivelledMA II.i.105
up and down (adv.)
old form: vp &
exactly, completely, in every respect
you are he, you are he.you are he, you are he. MA II.i.106
Anth. ANTONIO 
At a word I am not.At a word, I am not. MA II.i.107
Vrsula. URSULA 
Come, come, doe you thinke I doe not know you by Come, come, do you think I do not know you by MA II.i.108
your excellent wit? can vertue hide it selfe? goe to, mumme, your excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? Go to, mum,mum (int.)
old form: mumme
be quiet, shush
MA II.i.109
wit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity
you are he, graces will appeare, and there's an end.you are he; graces will appear, and there's an end. MA II.i.110
Beat. BEATRICE 
Will you not tell me who told you so?Will you not tell me who told you so? MA II.i.111
Bene. BENEDICK 
No, you shall pardon me.No, you shall pardon me.pardon (v.)excuse, give permission toMA II.i.112
Beat. BEATRICE 
Nor will you not tell me who you are?Nor will you not tell me who you are? MA II.i.113
Bened. BENEDICK 
Not now.Not now. MA II.i.114
Beat. BEATRICE 
That I was disdainfull, and that I had my goodThat I was disdainful, and that I had my good MA II.i.115
wit out of the hundred merry tales: well, this was wit out of the ‘ Hundred Merry Tales ’ – well, this waswit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityMA II.i.116
Signior Benedicke that said so.Signor Benedick that said so. MA II.i.117
Bene. BENEDICK 
What's he?What's he? MA II.i.118
Beat. BEATRICE 
I am sure you know him well enough.I am sure you know him well enough. MA II.i.119
Bene. BENEDICK 
Not I, beleeue me.Not I, believe me. MA II.i.120
Beat. BEATRICE 
Did he neuer make you laugh?Did he never make you laugh? MA II.i.121
Bene. BENEDICK 
I pray you what is he?I pray you, what is he? MA II.i.122
Beat. BEATRICE 
Why he is the Princes ieaster, a very dull foole,Why, he is the Prince's jester, a very dull fool; MA II.i.123
onely his gift is, in deuising impossible slanders, none but only his gift is in devising impossible slanders. None butimpossible (adj.)incredible, inconceivable, preposterousMA II.i.124
Libertines delight in him, and the commendation is not libertines delight in him, and the commendation is notlibertine (n.)debaucher, reprobate, dissoluteMA II.i.125
in his witte, but in his villanie, for hee both pleaseth men in his wit, but in his villainy; for he both pleases menwit (n.)
old form: witte
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
MA II.i.126
villainy (n.)
old form: villanie
coarseness, boorishness, discourtesy
and angers them, and then they laugh at him, and beat and angers them, and then they laugh at him and beat MA II.i.127
him: I am sure he is in the Fleet, I would he had boorded him. I am sure he is in the fleet; I would he had boardedboard (v.)
old form: boorded
accost, address, approach, tackle
MA II.i.128
fleet (n.)dancing company, group, assembly
me.me. MA II.i.129
Bene. BENEDICK 
When I know the Gentleman, Ile tell him whatWhen I know the gentleman, I'll tell him what MA II.i.130
you say.you say. MA II.i.131
Beat. BEATRICE 
Do, do, hee'l but breake a comparison or twoDo, do; he'll but break a comparison or twobreak (v.)
old form: breake
speak, exchange
MA II.i.132
comparison (n.)jibing allusion, scoffing analogy
on me, which peraduenture (not markt, or not laugh'don me, which, peradventure not marked or not laughedperadventure (adv.)
old form: peraduenture
perhaps, maybe, very likely
MA II.i.133
mark (v.)
old form: markt
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
at) strikes him into melancholly, and then there's a at, strikes him into melancholy; and then there's a MA II.i.134
Partridge wing saued, for the foole will eate no supper partridge wing saved, for the fool will eat no supper MA II.i.135
that night. that night. MA II.i.136
Music for the dance MA II.i.136
We must follow the Leaders.We must follow the leaders. MA II.i.137
Ben. BENEDICK 
In euery good thing.In every good thing. MA II.i.138
Bea. BEATRICE 
Nay, if they leade to any ill, I will leaue them at Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave them atill (n.)wrong, injury, harm, evilMA II.i.139
the next turning. the next turning. MA II.i.140
Exeunt. Musicke for the dance.Exeunt all dancing, except Don John, Borachio, and Claudio MA II.i.140
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Sure my brother is amorous on Hero, and hathSure my brother is amorous on Hero and hath MA II.i.141
withdrawne her father to breake with him about it: thewithdrawn her father to break with him about it. Thebreak (v.)
old form: breake
broach a matter, speak
MA II.i.142
Ladies follow her, and but one visor remaines.ladies follow her and but one visor remains.visor (n.)maskMA II.i.143
Borachio. BORACHIO 
And that is Claudio, I know him by his And that is Claudio; I know him by his MA II.i.144
bearing. bearing. MA II.i.145
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Are not you signior Benedicke?Are not you Signor Benedick? MA II.i.146
Clau. CLAUDIO 
You know me well, I am hee.You know me well; I am he. MA II.i.147
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Signior, you are verie neere my Brother in hisSignor, you are very near my brother in his MA II.i.148
loue, he is enamor'd on Hero, I pray you disswade love. He is enamoured on Hero; I pray you dissuade MA II.i.149
him from her, she is no equall for his birth: you may him from her; she is no equal for his birth. You maybirth (n.)royal birth, noble ancestryMA II.i.150
do the part of an honest man in it.do the part of an honest man in it. MA II.i.151
Claudio. CLAUDIO 
How know you he loues her?How know you he loves her? MA II.i.152
Iohn. DON JOHN 
I heard him sweare his affection,I heard him swear his affection. MA II.i.153
Bor. BORACHIO 
So did I too, and he swore he would marrie herSo did I too, and he swore he would marry her MA II.i.154
to night.tonight. MA II.i.155
Iohn. DON JOHN 
Come, let vs to the banquet. Come, let us to the banquet.banquet, banket (n.)refreshments, light meal, dessertMA II.i.156
Ex. manet Clau.Exeunt Don John and Borachio MA II.i.156
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Thus answere I in name of Benedicke,Thus answer I in the name of Benedick, MA II.i.157
But heare these ill newes with the eares of Claudio:But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.ill (adj.)bad, adverse, unfavourableMA II.i.158
'Tis certaine so, the Prince woes for himselfe:'Tis certain so; the Prince woos for himself. MA II.i.159
Friendship is constant in all other things,Friendship is constant in all other things MA II.i.160
Saue in the Office and affaires of loue:Save in the office and affairs of love;office (n.)performance, business, intrigueMA II.i.161
Therefore all hearts in loue vse their owne tongues.Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues. MA II.i.162
Let euerie eye negotiate for it selfe,Let every eye negotiate for itself, MA II.i.163
And trust no Agent: for beautie is a witch,And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch MA II.i.164
Against whose charmes, faith melteth into blood:Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.blood (n.)passion, feeling, strong emotion [especially sexual]MA II.i.165
faith (n.)constancy, fidelity, loyalty
This is an accident of hourely proofe,This is an accident of hourly proof,accident (n.)occurrence, event, happeningMA II.i.166
proof (n.)
old form: proofe
evidence, demonstration, testimony
Which I mistrusted not. Farewell therefore Hero. Which I mistrusted not. Farewell therefore, Hero! MA II.i.167
Enter Benedicke.Enter Benedick MA II.i.167
Ben. BENEDICK 
Count Claudio.Count Claudio? MA II.i.168
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Yea, the same.Yea, the same. MA II.i.169
Ben. BENEDICK 
Come, will you go with me?Come, will you go with me? MA II.i.170
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Whither?Whither? MA II.i.171
Ben. BENEDICK 
Euen to the next Willow, about your own businesse, Even to the next willow, about your own business, MA II.i.172
Count. What fashion will you weare the Garland County. What fashion will you wear the garlandcounty (n.)[title of rank] countMA II.i.173
off? About your necke, like an Vsurers chaine? Or vnder of? About your neck, like an usurer's chain? Or under MA II.i.174
your arme, like a Lieutenants scarfe? You must weare it your arm, like a lieutenant's scarf? You must wear itscarf (n.)
old form: scarfe
military sash, shoulder band
MA II.i.175
one way, for the Prince hath got your Hero.one way, for the Prince hath got your Hero. MA II.i.176
Clau: CLAUDIO 
I wish him ioy of her.I wish him joy of her. MA II.i.177
Ben. BENEDICK 
Why that's spoken like an honest Drouier, soWhy, that's spoken like an honest drovier: sodrovier (n.)
old form: Drouier
drover, cattle-dealer
MA II.i.178
honest (adj.)genuine, real, true
they sel Bullockes: but did you thinke the Prince woldthey sell bullocks. But did you think the Prince would MA II.i.179
haue serued you thus?have served you thus? MA II.i.180
Clau. CLAUDIO 
I pray you leaue me.I pray you, leave me. MA II.i.181
Ben. BENEDICK 
Ho now you strike like the blindman, 'twas Ho! Now you strike like the blind man; 'twas MA II.i.182
the boy that stole your meate, and you'l beat the post.the boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat the post.post (n.)express messenger, courierMA II.i.183
Clau. CLAUDIO 
If it will not be, Ile leaue you. If it will not be, I'll leave you. MA II.i.184
Exit. Exit MA II.i.184
Ben. BENEDICK 
Alas poore hurt fowle, now will he creepe intoAlas, poor hurt fowl, now will he creep into MA II.i.185
sedges: But that my Ladie Beatrice should know me, sedges! But that my Lady Beatrice should know me,sedge (n.)variety of grassy plant, rushMA II.i.186
& not know me: the Princes foole! Hah? It may be I and not know me! The Prince's fool! Ha? It may be I MA II.i.187
goe vnder that title, because I am merrie: yea but so I amgo under that title because I am merry. Yea, but so I am MA II.i.188
apt to do my selfe wrong: I am not so reputed, it is theapt to do myself wrong. I am not so reputed; it is the MA II.i.189
base (though bitter) disposition of Beatrice, that putt's the base, though bitter, disposition of Beatrice that puts thebase (adj.)poor, wretched, of low qualityMA II.i.190
world into her person, and so giues me out: well, Ile be world into her person, and so gives me out. Well, I'll begive out (v.)
old form: giues
report, assert, make known
MA II.i.191
reuenged as I may.revenged as I may. MA II.i.192
Enter the Prince.Enter Don Pedro, with Leonato and Hero MA II.i.193
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Now Signior, where's the Count, did youNow, signor, where's the Count? Did you MA II.i.193
see him?see him? MA II.i.194
Bene. BENEDICK 
Troth my Lord, I haue played the part of LadyTroth, my lord, I have played the part of Ladytroth, good troth (n.)exclamations, emphasizing an assertion - truly, indeedMA II.i.195
Fame, I found him heere as melancholy as a Lodge in aFame. I found him here as melancholy as a lodge in a MA II.i.196
Warren, I told him, and I thinke, told him true, that warren; I told him, and I think I told him true, thatwarren (n.)hunting park, land used for breeding gameMA II.i.197
your grace had got the will of this young Lady, and your grace had got the good will of this young lady; and MA II.i.198
I offered him my company to a willow tree, either to I offered him my company to a willow-tree, either to MA II.i.199
make him a garland, as being forsaken, or to binde him make him a garland, as being forsaken, or to bind him MA II.i.200
a rod, as being worthy to be whipt.up a rod, as being worthy to be whipped. MA II.i.201
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
To be whipt, what's his fault?To be whipped! What's his fault? MA II.i.202
Bene.BENEDICK 
The flat transgression of a Schoole-boy, whoThe flat transgression of a schoolboy, who,flat (adj.)downright, plain, basicMA II.i.203
being ouer-ioyed with finding a birds nest, shewes it hisbeing overjoyed with finding a bird's nest, shows it his MA II.i.204
companion, and he steales it.companion, and he steals it. MA II.i.205
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Wilt thou make a trust, a transgression? theWilt thou make a trust a transgression? The MA II.i.206
transgression is in the stealer.transgression is in the stealer. MA II.i.207
Ben. BENEDICK 
Yet it had not beene amisse the rod had beeneYet it had not been amiss the rod had been MA II.i.208
made, and the garland too, for the garland he might made, and the garland too; for the garland he might MA II.i.209
haue worne himselfe, and the rod hee might haue bestowed have worn himself, and the rod he might have bestowed MA II.i.210
on you, who (as I take it) haue stolne his birds nest.on you, who, as I take it, have stolen his bird's nest. MA II.i.211
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
I will but teach them to sing, and restore themI will but teach them to sing, and restore them MA II.i.212
to the owner.to the owner. MA II.i.213
Bene. BENEDICK 
If their singing answer your saying, by my If their singing answer your saying, by my MA II.i.214
faith you say honestly.faith you say honestly. MA II.i.215
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
The Lady Beatrice hath a quarrell to you, theThe Lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to you; the MA II.i.216
Gentleman that daunst with her, told her shee is muchgentleman that danced with her told her she is much MA II.i.217
wrong'd by you.wronged by you.wrong (v.)
old form: wrong'd
put in the wrong, do injustice to, injure
MA II.i.218
Bene. BENEDICK 
O she misusde me past the indurance of a O, she misused me past the endurance of a misuse (v.)
old form: misusde
disgrace, deride, abuse
MA II.i.219
block: an oake but with one greene leafe on it, would haue block! An oak but with one green leaf on it would have MA II.i.220
answered her: my very visor began to assume life, and answered her; my very visor began to assume life andvisor (n.)maskMA II.i.221
scold with her: shee told mee, not thinking I had beene scold with her. She told me, not thinking I had been MA II.i.222
my selfe, that I was the Princes Iester, and that I was dullermyself, that I was the Prince's jester, that I was duller MA II.i.223
then a great thaw, hudling iest vpon iest, with such than a great thaw; huddling jest upon jest with such MA II.i.224
impossible conueiance vpon me, that I stood like a man impossible conveyance upon me that I stood like a manconveyance (n.)
old form: conueiance
skill, dexterity, facility
MA II.i.225
impossible (adj.)incredible, inconceivable, preposterous
at a marke, with a whole army shooting at me: shee at a mark, with a whole army shooting at me. Shemark (n.)
old form: marke
target, goal, aim
MA II.i.226
speakes poynyards, and euery word stabbes: if her breath speaks poniards, and every word stabs. If her breathponiard (n.)
old form: poynyards
dagger
MA II.i.227
were as terrible as terminations, there were no liuing were as terrible as her terminations, there were no livingtermination (n.)expression, utterance, sentence endingMA II.i.228
neere her, she would infect to the north starre: I would notnear her; she would infect to the north star. I would not MA II.i.229
marry her, though she were indowed with all that marry her, though she were endowed with all that MA II.i.230
Adam had left him before he transgrest, she would Adam had left him before he transgressed. She would MA II.i.231
haue made Hercules haue turnd spit, yea, and haue cleft have made Hercules have turned spit, yea, and have cleftspit (n.)implement for cooking meat over a fireMA II.i.232
Hercules (n.)[Roman form of Heracles] proverbial for his mythical physical strength and miraculous achievements
his club to make the fire too: come, talke not of her, you his club to make the fire too. Come, talk not of her; you MA II.i.233
shall finde her the infernall Ate in good apparell. I would to shall find her the infernal Ate in good apparel. I would toAte (n.)[pron: 'ahtay] Greek goddess of discord and vengeanceMA II.i.234
apparel (n.)
old form: apparell
clothes, clothing, dress
God some scholler would coniure her, for certainely while God some scholar would conjure her; for certainly, whileconjure (v.)
old form: coniure
expel evil spirits from, exorcise
MA II.i.235
scholar (n.)
old form: scholler
learned man, erudite person [who knows Latin, the language of exorcism]
she is heere, a man may liue as quiet in hell, as in a sanctuary,she is here, a man may live as quiet in hell as in a sanctuary, MA II.i.236
and people sinne vpon purpose, because they would and people sin upon purpose, because they would MA II.i.237
goe thither, so indeed all disquiet, horror, and perturbationgo thither; so, indeed, all disquiet, horror, and perturbation MA II.i.238
followes her.follows her. MA II.i.239
Enter Claudio and Beatrice, Leonato, Hero.Enter Claudio and Beatrice MA II.i.239
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Looke heere she comes.Look, here she comes. MA II.i.240
Bene. BENEDICK 
Will your Grace command mee any seruice toWill your grace command me any service to MA II.i.241
the worlds end? I will goe on the slightest arrand nowthe world's end? I will go on the slightest errand now MA II.i.242
to the Antypodes that you can deuise to send me on: Ito the Antipodes that you can devise to send me on. I MA II.i.243
will fetch you a tooth-picker now from the furthest inchwill fetch you a tooth-picker now from the furthest inchtooth-picker (n.)tooth-pickMA II.i.244
of Asia: bring you the length of Prester Iohns foot: fetchof Asia; bring you the length of Prester John's foot;Prester Johnlegendary Christian king of Africa or AsiaMA II.i.245
you a hayre off the great Chams beard: doe you any fetch you a hair off the great Cham's beard; do you anyCham (n.)khan or oriental emperor; emperor of ChinaMA II.i.246
embassage to the Pigmies, rather then hould three wordsembassage to the Pigmies, rather than hold three words'Pigmies (n.)legendary race of dwarfsMA II.i.247
embassage, ambassage (n.)message, errand, business, mission
conference, with this Harpy: you haue no employmentconference with this harpy. You have no employmentharpy (n.)mythical rapacious bird, half woman, half vulture [symbolizing divine retribution]MA II.i.248
for me?for me? MA II.i.249
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
None, but to desire your good company.None, but to desire your good company. MA II.i.250
Bene. BENEDICK 
O God sir, heeres a dish I loue not, I cannot O God, sir, here's a dish I love not; I cannot MA II.i.251
indure this Lady tongue. endure my Lady Tongue. MA II.i.252
Exit.Exit MA II.i.252
Pedr. DON PEDRO 
Come Lady, come, you haue lost the heart ofCome, lady, come; you have lost the heart of MA II.i.253
Signior Benedicke.Signor Benedick. MA II.i.254
Beatr. BEATRICE 
Indeed my Lord, hee lent it me a while, and IIndeed, my lord, he lent it me awhile, and I MA II.i.255
gaue him vse for it, a double heart for a single one, gave him use for it, a double heart for his single one.use (n.)
old form: vse
profit, interest, premium
MA II.i.256
marry once before he wonne it of mee, with false dice, Marry, once before he won it of me with false dice,marry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMA II.i.257
false (adj.)sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
therefore your Grace may well say I haue lost it.therefore your grace may well say I have lost it. MA II.i.258
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
You haue put him downe Lady, you haue putYou have put him down, lady, you have put MA II.i.259
him downe.him down. MA II.i.260
Beat. BEATRICE 
So I would not he should do me, my Lord, lestSo I would not he should do me, my lord, lest MA II.i.261
I should prooue the mother of fooles: I haue broughtI should prove the mother of fools. I have brought MA II.i.262
Count Claudio, whom you sent me to seeke.Count Claudio, whom you sent me to seek. MA II.i.263
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Why how now Count, wherfore are you Why, how now, Count! Wherefore are you MA II.i.264
sad?sad?sad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomyMA II.i.265
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Not sad my Lord.Not sad, my lord. MA II.i.266
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
How then? sicke?How then? Sick? MA II.i.267
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Neither, my Lord.Neither, my lord. MA II.i.268
Beat. BEATRICE 
The Count is neither sad, nor sicke, nor merry,The Count is neither sad, nor sick, nor merry, MA II.i.269
nor well: but ciuill Count, ciuill as an Orange, and something nor well; but civil count, civil as an orange, and somethingcivil (adj.)
old form: ciuill
seemly, decent, well-behaved
MA II.i.270
of a iealous complexion.of that jealous complexion. MA II.i.271
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Ifaith Lady, I thinke your blazon to be true,I'faith, lady, I think your blazon to be true,blazon (n.)description, representation, delineationMA II.i.272
though Ile be sworne, if hee be so, his conceit is false:though, I'll be sworn, if he be so, his conceit is false.conceit (n.)notion, idea, thoughtMA II.i.273
false (adj.)wrong, mistaken
heere Claudio, I haue wooed in thy name, and faire Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and fair MA II.i.274
Hero is won, I haue broke with her father, and his good Hero is won. I have broke with her father, and hisbreak (v.)broach a matter, speakMA II.i.275
will obtained, name the day of marriage, and God giuewill obtained; name the day of marriage, and God give MA II.i.276
thee ioy.thee joy! MA II.i.277
Leona. LEONATO 
Count, take of me my daughter, and with herCount, take of me my daughter, and with her MA II.i.278
my fortunes: his grace hath made the match, & all my fortunes. His grace hath made the match, and all MA II.i.279
grace say, Amen to it.Grace say Amen to it! MA II.i.280
Beatr. BEATRICE 
Speake Count, tis your Qu.Speak, Count, 'tis your cue. MA II.i.281
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Silence is the perfectest Herault of ioy, I wereSilence is the perfectest herald of joy; I were MA II.i.282
but little happy if I could say, how much? Lady, as youbut little happy, if I could say how much. Lady, as you MA II.i.283
are mine, I am yours, I giue away my selfe for you, andare mine, I am yours; I give away myself for you and MA II.i.284
doat vpon the exchange.dote upon the exchange. MA II.i.285
Beat. BEATRICE 
Speake cosin, or (if you cannot) stop his mouthSpeak, cousin; or, if you cannot, stop his mouth MA II.i.286
with a kisse, and let not him speake neither.with a kiss, and let not him speak neither. MA II.i.287
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
In faith Lady you haue a merry heart.In faith, lady, you have a merry heart. MA II.i.288
Beatr. BEATRICE 
Yea my Lord I thanke it, poore foole it keepes on Yea, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on MA II.i.289
the windy side of Care, my coosin tells him in his earethe windy side of care. My cousin tells him in his earwindy (adj.)windward, situated towards the wind [so that scent will travel away from the follower]MA II.i.290
that he is in my heart.that he is in her heart. MA II.i.291
Clau. CLAUDIO 
And so she doth coosin.And so she doth, cousin. MA II.i.292
Beat. BEATRICE 
Good Lord for alliance: thus goes euery oneGood Lord, for alliance! Thus goes every onealliance (n.)marriageMA II.i.293
to the world but I, and I am sun-burn'd, I may sit in a to the world but I, and I am sunburnt; I may sit in aworld, go to theget marriedMA II.i.294
sunburnt (adj.)
old form: sun-burn'd
of dark complexion, not fair-skinned [and therefore unattractive]
corner and cry, heigh ho for a husband.corner and cry ‘ Heigh-ho for a husband ’! MA II.i.295
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Lady Beatrice, I will get you one.Lady Beatrice, I will get you one. MA II.i.296
Beat. BEATRICE 
I would rather haue one of your fathers getting:I would rather have one of your father's getting.getting (n.)begetting, procreation, breedingMA II.i.297
hath your Grace ne're a brother like you? your Hath your grace ne'er a brother like you? Your MA II.i.298
father got excellent husbands, if a maid could come by father got excellent husbands, if a maid could come by MA II.i.299
them.them. MA II.i.300
Prince. DON PEDRO 
Will you haue me? Lady.Will you have me, lady? MA II.i.301
Beat. BEATRICE 
No, my Lord, vnlesse I might haue another forNo, my lord, unless I might have another for MA II.i.302
working-daies, your Grace is too costly to weare euerieworking-days: your grace is too costly to wear every MA II.i.303
day: but I beseech your Grace pardon mee, I was borneday. But, I beseech your grace, pardon me; I was born MA II.i.304
to speake all mirth, and no matter.to speak all mirth and no matter.matter (n.)subject-matter, content, substanceMA II.i.305
Prince. DON PEDRO 
Your silence most offends me, and to be Your silence most offends me, and to be MA II.i.306
merry, best becomes you, for out of question, you were merry best becomes you; for, out o' question, you werebecome (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate toMA II.i.307
born in a merry howre.born in a merry hour. MA II.i.308
Beatr. BEATRICE 
No sure my Lord, my Mother cried, but thenNo, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then MA II.i.309
there was a starre daunst, and vnder that was I borne: there was a star danced, and under that was I born. MA II.i.310
cosins God giue you ioy.Cousins, God give you joy! MA II.i.311
Leonato. LEONATO 
Neece, will you looke to those rhings I told youNiece, will you look to those things I told you MA II.i.312
of?of? MA II.i.313
Beat. BEATRICE 
I cry you mercy Vncle, by I cry you mercy, uncle. (To Don Pedro) By MA II.i.314
your Graces pardon.your grace's pardon. MA II.i.315
Exit Beatrice. Exit MA II.i.315
Prince. DON PEDRO 
By my troth a pleasant spirited Lady.By my troth, a pleasant-spirited lady.troth, by myby my truth [exclamation emphasizing an assertion]MA II.i.316
Leon. LEONATO 
There's little of the melancholy element in herThere's little of the melancholy element in her,element (n.)substance, raw material, physical matterMA II.i.317
my Lord, she is neuer sad, but when she sleepes, and notmy lord; she is never sad but when she sleeps, and notsad (adj.)serious, grave, solemnMA II.i.318
euer sad then: for I haue heard my daughter say, she hathever sad then; for I have heard my daughter say, she hath MA II.i.319
often dreamt of vnhappinesse, and wakt her selfe withoften dreamed of unhappiness and waked herself withunhappiness (n.)
old form: vnhappinesse
misfortune, mishap, bad luck
MA II.i.320
laughing.laughing. MA II.i.321
Pedro. DON PEDRO 
Shee cannot indure to heare tell of a husband.She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband. MA II.i.322
Leonato. LEONATO 
O, by no meanes, she mocks all her wooers out O, by no means; she mocks all her wooers out MA II.i.323
of suite.of suit.suit (n.)
old form: suite
wooing, courtship
MA II.i.324
Prince. DON PEDRO 
She were an excellent wife for Benedick.She were an excellent wife for Benedick. MA II.i.325
Leonato. LEONATO 
O Lord, my Lord, if they were but a weekeO Lord, my lord, if they were but a week MA II.i.326
married, they would talke themselues madde.married, they would talk themselves mad. MA II.i.327
Prince. DON PEDRO 
Counte Claudio, when meane you to goe toCounty Claudio, when mean you to go to MA II.i.328
Church?church. MA II.i.329
Clau. CLAUDIO 
To morrow my Lord, Time goes on crutches,Tomorrow, my lord. Time goes on crutches MA II.i.330
till Loue haue all his rites.till love have all his rites. MA II.i.331
Leonata. LEONATO 
Not till monday, my deare sonne, which is hence Not till Monday, my dear son, which is hence MA II.i.332
a iust seuen night, and a time too briefe too, to haue all a just seven-night; and a time too brief, too, to have allsennight, se'nnight, seven-night (n.)
old form: seuen night
[seven night] week
MA II.i.333
just (adj.)
old form: iust
accurate, exact, precise
things answer minde.things answer my mind.answer (v.)fulfil, meet, satisfyMA II.i.334
Prince. DON PEDRO 
Come, you shake the head at so long a Come, you shake the head at so long a MA II.i.335
breathing, but I warrant thee Claudio, the time shall breathing; but, I warrant thee, Claudio, the time shallwarrant (v.)assure, promise, guarantee, confirmMA II.i.336
breathing (n.)delay, interval, pause
not goe dully by vs, I will in the interim, vndertake one not go dully by us. I will in the interim undertake one MA II.i.337
of Hercules labors, which is, to bring Signior Benedicke of Hercules' labours; which is, to bring Signor BenedickHercules (n.)[Roman form of Heracles] proverbial for his mythical physical strength and miraculous achievementsMA II.i.338
and the Lady Beatrice into a mountaine of affection, and the Lady Beatrice into a mountain of affection, MA II.i.339
th'one with th'other, I would faine haue it a match, and th' one with th' other. I would fain have it a match, andfain (adv.)
old form: faine
gladly, willingly
MA II.i.340
I doubt not but to fashion it, if you three will but I doubt not but to fashion it, if you three will but MA II.i.341
minister such assistance as I shall giue you direction.minister such assistance as I shall give you direction. MA II.i.342
Leonata. LEONATO 
My Lord, I am for you, though it cost mee ten My lord, I am for you, though it cost me ten MA II.i.343
nights watchings.nights' watchings.watching (n.)wakefulness, sleeplessness, vigilanceMA II.i.344
Claud. CLAUDIO 
And I my Lord.And I, my lord. MA II.i.345
Prin. DON PEDRO 
And you to gentle Hero?And you too, gentle Hero?gentle (adj.)soft, tender, kindMA II.i.346
Hero. HERO 
I will doe any modest office, my Lord, to helpe my I will do any modest office, my lord, to help mymodest (adj.)decorous, seemly, not offending modestyMA II.i.347
office (n.)task, service, duty, responsibility
cosin to a good husband.cousin to a good husband. MA II.i.348
Prin. DON PEDRO 
And Benedick is not the vnhopefullest husbandAnd Benedick is not the unhopefullest husband MA II.i.349
that I know: thus farre can I praise him, hee is of a that I know. Thus far can I praise him: he is of a MA II.i.350
noble straine, of approued valour, and confirm'd honesty, noble strain, of approved valour and confirmed honesty.approved (adj.)
old form: approued
tested, tried, established, proven
MA II.i.351
confirmed (adj.)
old form: confirm'd
resolute, determined, purposeful
honesty (n.)honour, integrity, uprightness
strain (n.)
old form: straine
quality, character, disposition
I will teach you how to humour your cosin, that shee I will teach you how to humour your cousin, that she MA II.i.352
shall fall in loue with Benedicke, and I, with your two shall fall in love with Benedick; and I, with your two MA II.i.353
helpes, will so practise on Benedicke, that in despight of helps, will so practise on Benedick that, in despite ofdespite of, in (prep.)
old form: despight
in spite of
MA II.i.354
practise on / upon (v.)work upon, act craftily with, make to operate
his quicke wit, and his queasie stomacke, hee shall fall in his quick wit and his queasy stomach, he shall fall inwit (n.)mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuityMA II.i.355
queasy (adj.)
old form: queasie
easily upset, delicate, fastidious
stomach (n.)
old form: stomacke
feelings, temper, state of mind
loue with Beatrice: if wee can doe this, Cupid is no love with Beatrice. If we can do this, Cupid is noCupid (n.)[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrowsMA II.i.356
longer an Archer, his glory shall be ours, for wee are the longer an archer; his glory shall be ours, for we are the MA II.i.357
onely loue-gods, goe in with me, and I will tell you my only love-gods. Go in with me, and I will tell you my MA II.i.358
drift. drift. MA II.i.359
Exit.Exeunt MA II.i.359
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