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Hero. And when I lived, I was your other wife:
[Unmasking And when you loved, you were my other. husband.
Claud Another Hero!
D. Pedro. The former Hero! Hero that is dead !
Friar. All this amazement can I qualify;
Bene. Soft and fair, friar. - Which is Beatrice ?
your will ?
Bene. Do not you love me? •Beat.
Why, no, no more than reason. Bené. Why, then your uncle, and the prince, and Claudio, Have been deceived; for they swore you did.
Beat. Do not you love me?
Troth, no, no more than reason. Beat. Why, then my cousin, Margaret, and Ursula, Are much deceived; for they did swear you did.
Bene. They swore that you were almost sick for me.
Claud. And I'll be sworn upon't, that he loves her;
And here's another,
Bene. A miracle! Here's our own hands against our hearts ! — Come, I will have thee; but, by this light, I take thee for pity.
Beat. I would not deny you; but, by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion; and, partly, to save your life, for I was told you were in a consumption.
Bene. Peace, I will stop your mouth.
[Kissing her. cannot flout me out of my humor. Dost thou think I care for a satire, or an epigram? No; if a man will be beaten with brains, he shall wear nothing handsome about him. In brief, since I do propose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefore never flout at me for what I have said against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is
my conclusion. part, Claudio, I did think to have beaten thee; but in that thou art like to be my kinsman, live unbruised, and love
Claud. I had well hoped thou wouldst have denied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer; which, out of question, thou wilt be, if my cousin do not look exceeding narrowly to thee.
Bene. Come, come, we are friends ;-Let's have a dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our own hearts, and our wives' heels.
Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards.
Bene. First, o'my word: therefore, play, musicprince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife; there is no staff more reverend than one tipped with horn.
Enter a Messenger. Mess. My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight, And brought with armed men back to Messina.
Bene. Think not on him till to-morrow; I'll devise theo brave punishments for him. — Strike up, pipers.
THESEUS, Duke of Athens.
in love with Hermia.
HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus.
OBERON, King of the Fairies.
Characters in the Interlude performed by
Other Fairies attending their King and Queen. Attendants on
Theseus and Hippolyta.
SCENE. Athens, and a Wood not far from it.