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fir ; I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves.
Bora. Sir, I say to you, we are none.
To. Cl. Well, itand aside; 'fore god, they are both in a tale; have you writ down, that they are none ?
Sexton. Master town-clerk, you go not the way to examine, you must call the watch that are their accusers.
To. Cl. Yea, marry, that's the deftest way; let the watch come forth: masters, I charge you in the prince's name accuse these men.
Enter Watchmen. 1 Watch. This man said, fir, that don John, the prince's brother, was a villain.
To. Cl. Write down, prince John a villain : why, this is Aat perjury, to call a prince's brother, villain.
Bora. Mafter town-clerk!
To. Cl. Pray thee, fellow, peace; I do not like thy look, I promise thee.
Sexton. What heard you him say else?
2 Watch. Marry, that he had receiv'd a thousand ducats of don John, for accusing the lady Hero wrongfully.
To. Cl. Flat burglary as ever was committed.
I Watch. And that count Claudio did mean, upon his words, to disgrace Hero before the whole assembly, and not marry her.
To. Cl. O villain l thou wilt be condemn’d into everlasting redemption for this.
Sexton. What else?
Sexton. And this is more, masters, than you can deny. Prince John is this morning secretly stol’n away: Hero was in this manner accus’d, in this very manner refus’d, and upon the grief of this suddenly dy’d. Master constable, let these men be bound, and brought to Leonato; I will go before, and show him their examination.
[Exit. Dogb. Come, let them be opinion’d.
Conr. Let us be in the hands of Coxcomb.
Dogb. God's my life! where's the fexton? let him write down, the prince's officer, Coxcomb. Come, bind them:- thou naughty varlet!
Conr. Away! you are an ass, you are an ass.
Dogb. Dost thou not suspect my place? dost thou not suspect my years ? o, that he were here to write me down an ass! but, masters, remember that I am an ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass: no, thou villain, thou art full of piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness: I am a wise fellow: and, which is more, an officer; and, which is more, an housholder; and, which is more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any in Meffina; and one that knows the law, go to, and a rich fellow enough, go to, and a fellow that hath had losses, and one that hath two gowns, and every thing handsome about him : bring him away: o that I had been writ down an ass !
ACT V. SCENE I.
Before Leonato's house.
And 'tis not wisdom thus to second grief
Leon. I pray thee, cease thy counsel,
Measure his wo the length and breadth of mine,
Ănt. Therein do men from children nothing differ.
Leon. I pray thee, peace; I will be flesh and blood;
Ant. Yet bends not all the harm upon yourself:
Enter Don Pedro, and Claudio.
Leon. Some haste, my lord ! well, fare you well, my lord. Are
you so hasty now? well, all is one. Pedro. Nay, do not quarrel with us, good old man.
Ant. If he could right himself with quarrelling, Some of us would lie low.
Claud. Who wrongeth him?
Leon. Marry, thou dost wrong me, thou dissembler, thou!
Claud. Marry, beshrew my hand,
Leon. Tush, tush, man, never feer and jest at me;
Leon. Thine, Claudio, thine, I say.
Leon. My lord, my lord,
may of youth, and bloom of lustyhood.
Leon. Canst thou so doff me? thou hast kill'd my child; If thou kill'st me, boy, thou shalt kill a man.
Ant. He shall kill two of us, and men indeed :
Ant. Content yourself; god knows, I lov’d my neice :
Leon. Brother Anthony !
Ant. Hold you content; what, man? I know them, yea, And what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple: Scambling, outfacing, fashion-mongring boys, That lie, and cog, and Aout, deprave, and flander, Go antickly, and show an outward hideousness, And speak off half a dozen dangerous words, How they might hurt their enemies if the durst: And this is all.
Leon. But, brother Anthony !
Ant. Come, 'tis no matter ;
Pedró. Gentlemen both, we will not rack your patience.