Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and Leonato
I do but stay till your marriage be consummate,
and then go I toward Arragon.
I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll vouchsafe
Nay, that would be as great a soil in the new
gloss of your marriage as to show a child his new coat
and forbid him to wear it. I will only be bold with Benedick
for his company; for, from the crown of his head
to the sole of his foot, he is all mirth; he hath twice or
thrice cut Cupid's bow-string and the little hangman
dare not shoot at him. He hath a heart as sound as a
bell and his tongue is the clapper, for what his heart
thinks his tongue speaks.
Gallants, I am not as I have been.
So say I; methinks you are sadder.
I hope he be in love.
Hang him, truant! There's no true drop of
blood in him to be truly touched with love; if he be sad,
he wants money.
I have the toothache.
You must hang it first, and draw it afterwards.
What! Sigh for the toothache?
Where is but a humour or a worm.
Well, everyone can master a grief but he that
Yet say I, he is in love.
There is no appearance of fancy in him, unless
it be a fancy that he hath to strange disguises; as to
be a Dutchman today, a Frenchman tomorrow, or in the
shape of two countries at once, as, a German from the
waist downward, all slops, and a Spaniard from the hip
upward, no doublet. Unless he have a fancy to this
foolery, as it appears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as
you would have it appear he is.
If he be not in love with some woman, there is
no believing old signs. 'A brushes his hat o' mornings;
what should that bode?
Hath any man seen him at the barber's?
No, but the barber's man hath been seen with
him and the old ornament of his cheek hath already
Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by the
loss of a beard.
Nay, 'a rubs himself with civet; can you smell
type of musky perfume [obtained form the civet cat]
him out by that?
That's as much as to say, the sweet youth's in
The greatest note of it is his melancholy.
And when was he wont to wash his face?
Yea, or to paint himself? For the which, I hear
what they say of him.
Nay, but his jesting spirit, which is now crept
into a lute-string and now governed by stops.
stop (n.) 4
means of closing a finger-hole in a wind instrument
Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him; conclude,
conclude he is in love.
Nay, but I know who loves him.
That would I know too; I warrant, one that
knows him not.
Yes, and his ill conditions; and, in despite of all,
dies for him.
She shall be buried with her face upwards.
Yet is this no charm for the toothache. Old
signor, walk aside with me; I have studied eight or nine
wise words to speak to you, which these hobby-horses
must not hear.
Exeunt Benedick and Leonato
For my life, to break with him about Beatrice.
'Tis even so. Hero and Margaret have by this
played their parts with Beatrice, and then the two bears
will not bite one another when they meet.
Enter Don John
My lord and brother, God save you!
If your leisure served, I would speak with you.
If it please you; yet Count Claudio may hear,
for what I would speak of concerns him.
What's the matter?
Means your lordship to be
You know he does.
I know not that, when he knows what I know.
If there be any impediment, I pray you discover
You may think I love you not; let that appear
hereafter, and aim better at me by that I now will
manifest. For my brother, I think he holds you well,
and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect your ensuing
marriage – surely suit ill spent, and labour ill bestowed!
Why, what's the matter?
I came hither to tell you; and, circumstances
shortened, for she has been too long a talking of, the
lady is disloyal.
Even she – Leonato's Hero, your Hero, every
The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
I could say she were worse; think you of a worse
title, and I will fit her to it. Wonder not till further
warrant. Go but with me tonight, you shall see her
chamber-window entered, even the night before her
wedding-day. If you love her then, tomorrow wed her;
but it would better fit your honour to change your mind.
May this be so?
I will not think it.
If you dare not trust that you see, confess not
that you know. If you will follow me, I will show you
enough; and when you have seen more and heard more,
If I see any thing tonight why I should not
marry her, tomorrow in the congregation, where I
should wed, there will I shame her.
And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will
join with thee to disgrace her.
I will disparage her no farther till you are my
witness; bear it coldly but till midnight, and let the
issue show itself.
O day untowardly turned!
O mischief strangely thwarting!
O plague right well prevented! So will you say
when you have seen the sequel.