Enter Leonato and Antonio, meeting
How now, brother! Where is my cousin, your
son? Hath he provided this music?
He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell
you strange news that you yet dreamt not of.
Are they good?
As the event stamps them; but they have a
good cover, they show well outward. The Prince and
Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached alley in
mine orchard, were thus much overheard by a man of
mine: the Prince discovered to Claudio that he loved
my niece your daughter, and meant to acknowledge it
this night in a dance; and if he found her accordant, he
meant to take the present time by the top and instantly
break with you of it.
Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?
A good sharp fellow; I will send for him, and
question him yourself.
No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till it appear
itself; but I will acquaint my daughter withal, that she
be the better prepared for an answer, if peradventure
this be true. Go you and tell her of it.
Attendants cross the stage, led by Antonio's son, and
accompanied by Balthasar the musician
Cousin, you know what you have to do. (To the musician)
O, I cry you mercy, friend; go you with me, and I will
use your skill. Good cousin, have a care this busy time.