Much Ado About Nothing
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Enter Leonato, Bene. Marg. Enter Leonato, Antonio, Benedick, Beatrice, Margaret, MA V.iv.1.1
Vrsula, old man, Frier, Hero.Ursula, Friar Francis, and Hero MA V.iv.1.2
Frier. FRIAR 
Did I not tell you she was innocent?Did I not tell you she was innocent? MA V.iv.1
Leo. LEONATO 
So are the Prince and Claudio who accus'd her,So are the Prince and Claudio, who accused her MA V.iv.2
Vpon the errour that you heard debated:Upon the error that you heard debated; MA V.iv.3
But Margaret was in some fault for this,But Margaret was in some fault for this, MA V.iv.4
Although against her will as it appeares,Although against her will, as it appears MA V.iv.5
In the true course of all the question.In the true course of all the question.course (n.)course of action, way of proceedingMA V.iv.6
question (n.)questioning, interrogation, examination
Old. ANTONIO 
Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.sort (v.)turn out, fall out, come aboutMA V.iv.7
Bene. BENEDICK 
And so am I, being else by faith enforc'dAnd so am I, being else by faith enforced MA V.iv.8
To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it.To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it. MA V.iv.9
Leo. LEONATO 
Well daughter, and you gentlewomen all,Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen all, MA V.iv.10
Withdraw into a chamber by your selues,Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves, MA V.iv.11
And when I send for you, come hither mask'd:And when I send for you, come hither masked. MA V.iv.12
The Prince and Claudio promis'd by this howreThe Prince and Claudio promised by this hour MA V.iv.13
To visit me, you know your office Brother,To visit me. You know your office, brother;office (n.)task, service, duty, responsibilityMA V.iv.14
You must be father to your brothers daughter,You must be father to your brother's daughter, MA V.iv.15
And giue her to young Claudio. And give her to young Claudio. MA V.iv.16
Exeunt Ladies. Exeunt Ladies MA V.iv.16
Old. ANTONIO 
Which I will doe with confirm'd countenance.Which I will do with confirmed countenance.confirmed (adj.)
old form: confirm'd
resolute, determined, purposeful
MA V.iv.17
Bene. BENEDICK 
Frier, I must intreat your paines, I thinke.Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think. MA V.iv.18
Frier. FRIAR 
To doe what Signior?To do what, signor? MA V.iv.19
Bene. BENEDICK 
To binde me, or vndoe me, one of them:To bind me, or undo me – one of them.undo (v.)
old form: vndoe
ruin, destroy, wipe out
MA V.iv.20
Signior Leonato, truth it is good Signior,Signor Leonato, truth it is, good signor, MA V.iv.21
Your neece regards me with an eye of fauour.Your niece regards me with an eye of favour. MA V.iv.22
Leo. LEONATO 
That eye my daughter lent her, 'tis most true.That eye my daughter lent her; 'tis most true. MA V.iv.23
Bene. BENEDICK 
And I doe with an eye of loue requite her.And I do with an eye of love requite her. MA V.iv.24
Leo. LEONATO 
The sight whereof I thinke you had from me,The sight whereof I think you had from me, MA V.iv.25
From Claudio, and the Prince, but what's your will?From Claudio, and the Prince; but what's your will? MA V.iv.26
Bened. BENEDICK 
Your answer sir is Enigmaticall,Your answer, sir, is enigmatical;enigmatical (adj.)
old form: Enigmaticall
enigmatic, mysterious, puzzling
MA V.iv.27
But for my will, my will is, your good willBut, for my will, my will is your good will MA V.iv.28
May stand with ours, this day to be conioyn'd,May stand with ours, this day to be conjoinedstand (v.)accord, agree, hold good, be compatibleMA V.iv.29
In the state of honourable marriage,In the state of honourable marriage – MA V.iv.30
In which (good Frier) I shall desire your helpe.In which, good Friar, I shall desire your help. MA V.iv.31
Leon. LEONATO 
My heart is with your liking.My heart is with your liking. MA V.iv.32.1
Frier. FRIAR 
And my helpe.And my help. MA V.iv.32.2
Here comes the Prince and Claudio. MA V.iv.33
Enter Prince and Claudio, with attendants.Enter Don Pedro and Claudio, and two or three others MA V.iv.33
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Good morrow to this faire assembly.Good morrow to this fair assembly.morrow (n.)morningMA V.iv.34
Leo. LEONATO 
Good morrow Prince, good morrow Claudio:Good morrow, Prince; good morrow, Claudio; MA V.iv.35
We heere attend you, are you yet determin'd,We here attend you. Are you yet determinedattend (v.)serve, follow, wait [on/upon]MA V.iv.36
To day to marry with my brothers daughter?Today to marry with my brother's daughter? MA V.iv.37
Claud. CLAUDIO 
Ile hold my minde were she an Ethiope.I'll hold my mind, were she an Ethiope.Ethiop, Ethiope (adj./n.)Ethiopian, African, person with a dark countenanceMA V.iv.38
Leo. LEONATO 
Call her forth brother, heres the Frier ready.Call her forth, brother; here's the Friar ready. MA V.iv.39
Exit Antonio MA V.iv.39
Prin. DON PEDRO 
Good morrow Benedicke, why what's the matter?Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what's the matter, MA V.iv.40
That you haue such a Februarie face,That you have such a February face, MA V.iv.41
So full of frost, of storme, and clowdinesse.So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness? MA V.iv.42
Claud. CLAUDIO 
I thinke he thinkes vpon the sauage bull:I think he thinks upon the savage bull. MA V.iv.43
Tush, feare not man, wee'll tip thy hornes with gold,Tush, fear not, man, we'll tip thy horns with gold, MA V.iv.44
And all Europa shall reioyce at thee,And all Europa shall rejoice at thee,Europa (n.)[pron: yu'rohpa] old name for EuropeMA V.iv.45
As once Europa did at lusty Ioue,As once Europa did at lusty Jove,Europa (n.)[pron: yu'rohpa] daughter of Agenor; abducted by Jove in the shape of a bull, who then swam with her on his back to CreteMA V.iv.46
Jove (n.)[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
When he would play the noble beast in loue.When he would play the noble beast in love. MA V.iv.47
Ben. BENEDICK 
Bull Ioue sir, had an amiable low,Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low;amiable (adj.)beloved, desirable, lovableMA V.iv.48
And some such strange bull leapt your fathers Cow,And some such strange bull leaped your father's cow,strange (adj.)of another person, not one's ownMA V.iv.49
A got a Calfe in that same noble feat,And got a calf in that same noble feat MA V.iv.50
Much like to you, for you haue iust his bleat.Much like to you, for you have just his bleat.like (adj.)same, similar, alike, equalMA V.iv.51
Cla. CLAUDIO 
For this I owe you: here comes other recknings.For this I owe you: here comes other reckonings.owe (v.)repay, compensate, pay backMA V.iv.52
Enter brother, Hero, Beatrice, Margaret, Vrsula.Enter Antonio, with the Ladies masked MA V.iv.52
Which is the Lady I must seize vpon?Which is the lady I must seize upon?seize, seize upon (v.)
old form: vpon
[legal] take possession of, take hold of
MA V.iv.53
Leo. ANTONIO 
This same is she, and I doe giue you her.This same is she, and I do give you her. MA V.iv.54
Cla. CLAUDIO 
Why then she's mine, sweet let me see your face.Why, then she's mine. Sweet, let me see your face. MA V.iv.55
Leon. LEONATO 
No that you shal not, till you take her hand,No, that you shall not, till you take her hand MA V.iv.56
Before this Frier, and sweare to marry her.Before this Friar and swear to marry her. MA V.iv.57
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Giue me your hand before this holy Frier,Give me your hand; before this holy Friar, MA V.iv.58
I am your husband if you like of me.I am your husband, if you like of me. MA V.iv.59
Hero. HERO  
(unmasking) MA V.iv.60
And when I liu'd I was your other wife,And when I lived, I was your other wife; MA V.iv.60
And when you lou'd, you were my other husband.And when you loved, you were my other husband. MA V.iv.61
Clau. CLAUDIO 
Another Hero?Another Hero! MA V.iv.62.1
Hero. HERO 
Nothing certainer.Nothing certainer; MA V.iv.62.2
One Hero died, but I doe liue,One Hero died defiled, but I do live, MA V.iv.63
And surely as I liue, I am a maid.And surely as I live, I am a maid. MA V.iv.64
Prin. DON PEDRO 
The former Hero, Hero that is dead.The former Hero! Hero that is dead! MA V.iv.65
Leon. LEONATO 
Shee died my Lord, but whiles her slander liu'd.She died, my lord, but whiles her slander lived. MA V.iv.66
Frier. FRIAR 
All this amazement can I qualifie,All this amazement can I qualify,qualify (v.)
old form: qualifie
moderate, weaken, diminish
MA V.iv.67
When after that the holy rites are ended,When, after that the holy rites are ended, MA V.iv.68
Ile tell you largely of faire Heroes death:I'll tell you largely of fair Hero's death.largely (adv.)fully, at lengthMA V.iv.69
Meane time let wonder seeme familiar,Meantime let wonder seem familiar,wonder (n.)feeling of wonder, astonishment, marvellingMA V.iv.70
And to the chappell let vs presently.And to the chapel let us presently.presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceMA V.iv.71
Ben. BENEDICK 
Soft and faire Frier, which is Beatrice?Soft and fair, Friar. Which is Beatrice?soft and fair
old form: faire
gently, not so fast
MA V.iv.72
Beat. BEATRICE  
(unmasking) MA V.iv.73
I answer to that name, what is your will?I answer to that name. What is your will? MA V.iv.73
Bene. BENEDICK 
Doe not you loue me?Do not you love me?reason (n.)reasonable view, sensible judgement, right opinionMA V.iv.74.1
Beat. BEATRICE 
Why no, no more then reason.Why no, no more than reason. MA V.iv.74.2
Bene. BENEDICK 
Why then your Vncle, and the Prince, & Claudio, Why, then your uncle and the Prince and Claudio MA V.iv.75
haue beene deceiued, they swore you did.Have been deceived; they swore you did. MA V.iv.76
Beat. BEATRICE 
Doe not you loue mee?Do not you love me? MA V.iv.77.1
Bene. BENEDICK 
Troth no, no more then reason.Troth no, no more than reason.troth, good troth (n.)exclamations, emphasizing an assertion - truly, indeedMA V.iv.77.2
Beat. BEATRICE 
Why then my Cosin Margaret and VrsulaWhy, then my cousin, Margaret, and Ursula MA V.iv.78
Are much deceiu'd, for they did sweare you did.Are much deceived; for they did swear you did. MA V.iv.79
Bene. BENEDICK 
They swore you were almost sicke for me.They swore that you were almost sick for me. MA V.iv.80
Beat. BEATRICE 
They swore you were wel-nye dead for me.They swore that you were well-nigh dead for me. MA V.iv.81
Bene. BENEDICK 
'Tis no matter, then you doe not loue me?'Tis no such matter. Then you do not love me? MA V.iv.82
Beat. BEATRICE 
No truly, but in friendly recompence.No, truly, but in friendly recompense.recompense (n.)
old form: recompence
repayment, return, compensation
MA V.iv.83
Leon. LEONATO 
Come Cosin, I am sure you loue the gentlemã.Come, cousin, I am sure you love the gentleman. MA V.iv.84
Clau. CLAUDIO 
And Ile be sworne vpon't, that he loues her,And I'll be sworn upon't that he loves her, MA V.iv.85
For heres a paper written in his hand,For here's a paper written in his hand, MA V.iv.86
A halting sonnet of his owne pure braine,A halting sonnet of his own pure brain,halting (adj.)hesitating, limping, falteringMA V.iv.87
Fashioned to Beatrice.Fashioned to Beatrice. MA V.iv.88.1
Hero. HERO 
And heeres another,And here's another MA V.iv.88.2
Writ in my cosins hand, stolne from her pocket,Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket, MA V.iv.89
Containing her affection vnto Benedicke. Containing her affection unto Benedick. MA V.iv.90
Bene. BENEDICK 
A miracle, here's our owne hands against ourA miracle! Here's our own hands against our MA V.iv.91
hearts: come I will haue thee, but by this light I takehearts. Come, I will have thee; but, by this light, I take MA V.iv.92
thee for pittie.thee for pity. MA V.iv.93
Beat. BEATRICE 
I would not denie you, but by this good day, II would not deny you; but, by this good day, I MA V.iv.94
yeeld vpon great perswasion, & partly to saue your yield upon great persuasion; and partly to save your MA V.iv.95
life, for I was told, you were in a consumption.life, for I was told you were in a consumption.consumption (n.)wasting disease, venereal diseaseMA V.iv.96
Leon. BENEDICK  
(kissing her) MA V.iv.97
Peace I will stop your mouth. Peace! I will stop your mouth. MA V.iv.97
Prin. DON PEDRO 
How dost thou Benedicke the married man? How dost thou, Benedick, the married man? MA V.iv.98
Bene. BENEDICK 
Ile tell thee what Prince: a Colledge of witte-crackersI'll tell thee what, Prince; a college of wit-crackers MA V.iv.99
cannot flout mee out of my humour, dost thoucannot flout me out of my humour. Dost thouflout (v.)insult, abuse, mockMA V.iv.100
humour (n.)mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
think I care for a Satyre or an Epigram? no, if a man willthink I care for a satire or an epigram? No; if a man will MA V.iv.101
be beaten with braines, a shall weare nothing handsomebe beaten with brains, 'a shall wear nothing handsomebrain (n.)
old form: braines
(plural) witticisms, clever remarks
MA V.iv.102
about him: in briefe, since I do purpose to marry, I willabout him. In brief, since I do purpose to marry, I willpurpose (v.)intend, planMA V.iv.103
thinke nothing to any purpose that the world can say think nothing to any purpose that the world can saypurpose (n.)intention, aim, planMA V.iv.104
against it, and therefore neuer flout at me, for I against it; and therefore never flout at me for what Iflout at (v.)mock, jeer, scoffMA V.iv.105
haue said against it: for man is a giddy thing, and this have said against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this MA V.iv.106
is my conclusion: for thy part Claudio, I did thinke to is my conclusion. For thy part, Claudio, I did think to MA V.iv.107
haue beaten thee, but in that thou art like to be my kinsman, have beaten thee; but in that thou art like to be my kinsman,like (adv.)likely, probable / probablyMA V.iv.108
liue vnbruis'd, and loue my cousin.live unbruised and love my cousin.unbruised (adj.)
old form: vnbruis'd
unmarked, uncrushed, undamaged
MA V.iv.109
Cla. CLAUDIO 
I had well hop'd yu wouldst haue denied I had well hoped thou wouldst have denied MA V.iv.110
Beatrice, yt I might haue cudgel'd thee out of thy Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy MA V.iv.111
single life, to make thee a double dealer, which out of single life, to make thee a double-dealer; which out of MA V.iv.112
questiõ thou wilt be, if my Cousin do not looke exceeding question thou wilt be, if my cousin do not look exceeding MA V.iv.113
narrowly to thee.narrowly to thee.narrowly (adv.)carefully, with close attentionMA V.iv.114
Bene. BENEDICK 
Come, come, we are friends, let's haue a Come, come, we are friends. Let's have a MA V.iv.115
dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our own dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our own MA V.iv.116
hearts, and our wiues heeles.hearts and our wives' heels. MA V.iv.117
Leon. LEONATO 
Wee'll haue dancing afterward.We'll have dancing afterward.afterward (adv.)afterwardsMA V.iv.118
Bene. BENEDICK 
First, of my word, therfore play musick. First, of my word; therefore play, music. MA V.iv.119
Prince, thou art sad, get thee a wife, get thee a wife, Prince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife.sad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomyMA V.iv.120
there is no staff more reuerend then one tipt with There is no staff more reverend than one tipped with MA V.iv.121
horn. horn. MA V.iv.122
Enter. Mes.Enter a Messenger MA V.iv.122
Messen. MESSENGER 
My Lord, your brother Iohn is tane in flight,My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight, MA V.iv.123
And brought with armed men backe to Messina. And brought with armed men back to Messina. MA V.iv.124
Bene. BENEDICK 
Thinke not on him till to morrow, ile deuiseThink not on him till tomorrow; I'll devise MA V.iv.125
thee braue punishments for him: strike vp Pipers. thee brave punishments for him. Strike up, pipers.brave (adj.)
old form: braue
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
MA V.iv.126
Dance.Dance, and then exeunt MA V.iv.126
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