Much Ado About Nothing


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Act I
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Enter Don John and Borachio


DON JOHN

It is so; the Count Claudio shall marry the

daughter of Leonato.


BORACHIO

Yea, my lord, but I can cross it.
cross (v.) 1 prevent, thwart, forestall


DON JOHN

Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be
bar (n.) 1 obstruction, barrier, obstacle
cross (n.) 2 hindrance, obstacle, stumbling block

medicinable to me: I am sick in displeasure to him,
medicinable (adj.) 1 medicinal, healing, curative, restorative
sick (adj.) 5 full of loathing, full of repugnance

and whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges
affection (n.) 2 emotion, feeling

evenly with mine. How canst thou cross this marriage?
evenly (adv.) 2 in an even direction, along the same lines


BORACHIO

Not honestly, my lord; but so covertly that
covertly (adv.) secretly, stealthily, surreptitiously

no dishonesty shall appear in me.


DON JOHN

Show me briefly how.


BORACHIO

I think I told your lordship a year since, how

much I am in the favour of Margaret, the

waiting-gentlewoman to Hero.


DON JOHN

I remember.


BORACHIO

I can, at any unseasonable instant of the night,

appoint her to look out at her lady's chamber-window.


DON JOHN

What life is in that, to be the death of this

marriage?


BORACHIO

The poison of that lies in you to temper. Go
temper (v.) 1 blend, mix, concoct, compound

you to the Prince your brother; spare not to tell him

that he hath wronged his honour in marrying the renowned

Claudio – whose estimation do you mightily
estimation (n.) 1 esteem, respect, reputation

hold up – to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.
stale (n.) 3 prostitute, wanton, harlot


DON JOHN

What proof shall I make of that?


BORACHIO

Proof enough to misuse the Prince, to vex
misuse (v.) 2 deceive, delude, fool
vex (v.) afflict, trouble, torment

Claudio, to undo Hero and kill Leonato. Look you for
undo (v.) 1 ruin, destroy, wipe out

any other issue?
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s) See Topics: Frequency count


DON JOHN

Only to despite them, I will endeavour
despite (v.) spite, anger, wreak malice on

anything.


BORACHIO

Go, then; find me a meet hour to draw Don
hour (n.) 1 time, moment
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

Pedro and the Count Claudio alone. Tell them that

you know that Hero loves me; intend a kind of zeal both
intend (v.) 1 pretend, convey, purport, profess

to the Prince and Claudio – as in love of your brother's

honour, who hath made this match, and his friend's

reputation, who is thus like to be cozened with the semblance
cozen (v.) cheat, dupe, trick, deceive

of a maid – that you have discovered thus. They
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

will scarcely believe this without trial; offer them
trial (n.) 2 evidence, proof, grounds

instances, which shall bear no less likelihood than to
instance (n.) 1 sign, evidence, proof

see me at her chamber window, hear me call Margaret

Hero, hear Margaret term me Claudio; and bring them

to see this the very night before the intended wedding –

for in the meantime I will so fashion the matter that
fashion (v.) 3 arrange, contrive, manage

Hero shall be absent – and there shall appear such seeming

truth of Hero's disloyalty that jealousy shall be called
jealousy (n.) 1 suspicion, mistrust, apprehension

assurance, and all the preparation overthrown.
assurance (n.) 1 security, certainty, confidence


DON JOHN

Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will
issue (n.) 2 outcome, result, consequence(s) See Topics: Frequency count

put it in practice. Be cunning in the working this, and
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever

thy fee is a thousand ducats.


BORACHIO

Be you constant in the accusation, and my

cunning shall not shame me.


DON JOHN

I will presently go learn their day of marriage.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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