Much Ado About Nothing


Text
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Don John the Bastard and Conrade his

companion


CONRADE

What the good-year, my lord! Why are you thus
good-year / goodyear, what the [expression of impatience] what the deuce See Topics: Swearing

out of measure sad?
measure (n.) 2 limit, moderation, extent not to be exceeded
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy


DON JOHN

There is no measure in the occasion that
measure (n.) 2 limit, moderation, extent not to be exceeded

breeds; therefore the sadness is without limit.


CONRADE

You should hear reason.


DON JOHN

And when I have heard it, what blessing brings

it?


CONRADE

If not a present remedy, at least a patient

sufferance.
sufferance (n.) 2 endurance, forbearance, patience


DON JOHN

I wonder that thou – being, as thou sayest thou
wonder (v.) 1 marvel [at], be astonished [at]

art, born under Saturn – goest about to apply a moral
go about (v.) 1 endeavour, set to work, start trying

medicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot hide what
mischief (n.) 4 disease, ailment, misfortune
mortifying (adj.) killing, deadly, lethal

I am. I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no

man's leisure; sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on no

man's business; laugh when I am merry, and claw no
claw (v.) 2 flatter, fawn upon, butter up
humour (n.) 3 style, method, way, fashion

man in his humour.


CONRADE

Yea, but you must not make the full show of this

till you may do it without controlment. You have of late
controlment (n.) control, restraint, check

stood out against your brother, and he hath ta'en you

newly into his grace, where it is impossible you should

take true root but by the fair weather that you make

yourself; it is needful that you frame the season for your
frame (v.) 3 arrange, organize, plan

own harvest.


DON JOHN

I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose
canker (n./adj.) 3 wild-rose, dog-rose [that grows wildly]

in his grace, and it better fits my blood to be disdained
blood (n.) 5 disposition, temper, mood
fit (v.) 1 suit, befit, be suitable [for]

of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any. In
carriage (n.) 1 bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour
fashion (v.) 1 form, shape, make [into]

this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest

man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing

villain. I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised with
enfranchise (v.) set free, liberate

a clog; therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage.
clog (n.) 1 wooden block, heavy piece of wood
decree (v.) arrange, decide, resolve

If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I

would do my liking. In the meantime, let me be that I

am, and seek not to alter me.


CONRADE

Can you make no use of your discontent?


DON JOHN

I make all use of it, for I use it only. Who

comes here?

Enter Borachio

What news, Borachio?


BORACHIO

I came yonder from a great supper. The Prince

your brother is royally entertained by Leonato; and I can

give you intelligence of an intended marriage.


DON JOHN

Will it serve for any model to build mischief
model (n.) 4 design, blueprint, ground-plan

on? What is he for a fool that betroths himself to

unquietness?


BORACHIO

Marry, it is your brother's right hand.


DON JOHN

Who? The most exquisite Claudio?


BORACHIO

Even he.


DON JOHN

A proper squire! And who, and who? Which
proper (adj.) 3 thorough, absolute, complete
squire (n.) 3 young lover, beau, gallant

way looks he?


BORACHIO

Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir of

Leonato.


DON JOHN

A very forward March-chick! How came you
forward (adj.) 7 promising, early-maturing, precocious
March-chick (n.) precocious youth, presumptuous youngster

to this?


BORACHIO

Being entertained for a perfumer, as I was
entertain (v.) 5 hire, employ, maintain, take into service
perfumer (n.) someone employed to make rooms smell sweetly

smoking a musty room, comes me the Prince and
smoke (v.) 4 perfume, fumigate, deodorize

Claudio, hand in hand, in sad conference. I whipt me
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count
whip (v.) 1 dash, hurry, hasten

behind the arras, and there heard it agreed upon that
arras (n.) tapestry hanging

the Prince should woo Hero for himself, and having

obtained her, give her to Count Claudio.


DON JOHN

Come, come, let us thither; this may prove

food to my displeasure. That young start-up hath all the
start-up (n.) upstart, opportunist, climber

glory of my overthrow; if I can cross him any way,
cross (v.) 3 afflict, plague, go against

I bless myself every way. You are both sure, and will
sure (adj.) 4 loyal, trustworthy, steadfast

assist me?


CONRADE

To the death, my lord.


DON JOHN

Let us to the great supper; their cheer is the
cheer (n.) 6 cheerfulness, mirth, joy

greater that I am subdued. Would the cook were o' my

mind! Shall we go prove what's to be done?
prove (v.) 1 test, try out, make trial [of]


BORACHIO

We'll wait upon your lordship.

Exeunt

 
  Previous scene     Next scene
--%>