Enter Leonato, with the Constable, Dogberry and the
What would you with me, honest neighbour?
Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with
you that decerns you nearly.
Brief, I pray you, for you see it is a busy time
Marry, this it is, sir.
Yes, in truth it is, sir.
What is it, my good friends?
Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the
matter – an old man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as,
wits, also five wits
faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)
God help, I would desire they were; but, in faith, honest
as the skin between his brows.
brow (n.) 4
forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living
that is an old man and no honester than I.
Comparisons are odorous; palabras, neighbour
Neighbours, you are tedious.
It pleases your worship to say so, but we are
the poor Duke's officers; but truly, for mine own part, if
I were as tedious as a king, I could find it in my heart to
bestow it all of your worship.
All thy tediousness on me, ah?
Yea, an't 'twere a thousand pound more than
'tis, for I hear as good exclamation on your worship as
of any man in the city; and though I be but a poor man,
I am glad to hear it.
And so am I.
I would fain know what you have to say.
Marry, sir, our watch tonight, excepting your
worship's presence, ha' ta'en a couple of as arrant knaves
as any in Messina.
A good old man, sir, he will be talking; as they
say, ‘ When the age is in, the wit is out.’ God help us, it is
a world to see! Well said, i'faith, neighbour Verges;
well, God's a good man; an two men ride of a horse, one
must ride behind. An honest soul, i'faith, sir; by my
troth he is, as ever broke bread. But God is to be worshipped;
all men are not alike. Alas, good neighbour!
Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short of you.
Gifts that God gives.
I must leave you.
One word, sir: our watch, sir, have indeed
comprehended two aspicious persons, and we would
have them this morning examined before your worship.
Take their examination yourself and bring it
me; I am now in great haste, as it may appear unto you.
It shall be suffigance.
Drink some wine ere you go. Fare you well.
Enter a Messenger
My lord, they stay for you to give your
daughter to her husband.
I'll wait upon them; I am ready.
Exeunt Leonato and Messenger
Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacoal;
bid him bring his pen and inkhorn to the gaol.
We are now to examination these men.
And we must do it wisely.
We will spare for no wit, I warrant you. Here's
that shall drive some of them to a non-come; only get
the learned writer to set down our excommunication,
and meet me at the gaol.