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DRAMATIS PERSON Æ.
DON PEDRO, Prince of Arragon.
Hero, Daughter to LEONATO.
RBT,} two Gentlewomen attending on Hero.
A Friar, Messenger, Watch, Town-Clerk, Sexton, and Attendants.
The Story from ARIOSTO, Orl. Fur. l. 5.
Much ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
ACT 1. SCENE I.
A Court before Leonato's House.
L E O NATO.
Mel. He is very near by this ; he was not three leagues off when I left him.
Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action? Mes. But few of any fort, and none of name.
Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the atchiever brings home full numbers; I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine, call’d Claudio.
Mej. Much deserved on his part, and equally remembred by Don Pedro: he hath born himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion: he hath, indeed, better better'd expectation, than you must expect of me to tell you how.
Leon. He hath an uncle here in Mefina will be very much glad of it.
Mel. I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him ; even so much, that joy could not show itself modest enough, without a badge of bitterness.
Leon. Did he break out into tears?