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horse: for it is all the wealth that he hath left, to be known a reasonable creature. Who is his companion
now? He hath every month a new sworn brother. MESS. Is 't possible? BEAT. Very easily possible: he wears his faith but as the
fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.' Mess. I see, Lady, the gentleman is not in your books. 69 BEAT. No; an he were, I would burn my study. But, I pray you,
who is his companion? Is there no young squarer? now that will make a voyage with him to the
he is sooner caught than the pestilence, and the taker
thousand pound ere he be cur’d.
Enter Don PEDRO, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, BALTHAZAR,
and John the Bastard. D. PEDRO. Good Signior Leonato, you are come to meet
your trouble: the fashion of the World is to avoid cost,
and you encounter it. LEON. Never came trouble to my house in the likeness
of your Grace : for Trouble being gone, Comfort should remain; but when you depart from me, Sorrow abides,
and Happiness takes his leave. D. PEDRO. You embrace your charge too willingly. I
think this is your daughter. Leon. Her mother hath many times told me so. BENE. Were you in doubt that you ask'd her ? LEON. Signior Benedick, no; for then were you a child. D. PEDRO. You have it full, Benedick: we may guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, the lady 1 mould (for fashion).
fathers herself. Be happy, Lady, for you are like an
honourable father. BENE. If Signior Leonato be her father, she would not
have his head on her shoulders for all Messina, as like
him as she is.
Benedick: nobody marks you.
such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to Disdain, if you come
in her presence. BENE. Then is Courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain
I am lov'd of all ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard
heart; for, truly, I love none. BEAT. A dear happiness’ to women: they would else have
been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man
swear he loves me. BENE. God keep your Ladyship still in that mind! so
some gentleman or other shall 'scape a predestinate
such a face as your's were.
and so good a continuer ! But keep your way i' God's
name; I have done. BEAT. You always end with a jade's trick: I know
you of old.
D. Pedro. This is the sum of all : Leonato-Signior
Claudio and Signior Benedick, my dear friend Leonato hath invited you all. I tell him we shall stay here at the least a month ; and he heartily prays some occasion may detain us longer: I dare swear he is no hypocrite,
but prays from his heart. LEON. If you swear, my Lord, you shall not be forsworn.
2 piece of rare luck.
[to Don John.] Let me bid you welcome, my Lord :
Lord : ACT I being reconcil'd to the Prince your brother, I owe Sc. I
you all duty. D. John. I thank you: I am not of many words, but
I thank you.
LEON. Please it your Grace lead on?
[Exeunt all but BENEDICK and CLAUDIO. CLAUD. Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signior
do, for my simple true judgment ? or would you have
to their sex? CLAUD. No; I pray thee speak in sober judgment. BENE. Why, i'faith, methinks she's too low for a high
praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too little for a great praise : only this commendation I can afford her; that were she other than she is, she were unhandsome;
and, being no other but as she is, I do not like her. CLAUD. Thou think'st I am in sport; I pray thee, tell
me truly how thou lik’st her.
this with a sad brow? or do you play the flouting jack,
you, to gos in the song ?
I look'd on.
matter: there's her cousin, an she were not possess'd
you have no intent to turn husband, have you?
the contrary, if Hero would be my wife.
2 a bad smith but a fine workman in wood.
BENE. Is 't come to this? In faith, hath not the World
one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion ?! Shall I never see a bachelor of threescore again? Go to, i'faith ; an thou wilt needs thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear the print of it, and sigh away? Sundays. Look; Don Pedro is return'd to seek you. .
Re-enter Don PEDRO and John the Bastard.
follow'd not to Leonato's?
a dumb man, I would have you think so; but, on my
short daughter. CLAUD. If this were so, so were it utter'd. BENE. Like the old tale, my Lord : It is not so, nor ’twas
' not so; but, indeed, God forbid it should be so. CLAUD. If my passion change not shortly, God forbid it
should be otherwise.
know how she should be worthy, is the opinion that
fire cannot melt out of me; I will die in it at the stake. D. PEDRO. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the
despite of Beauty. CLAUD. And never could maintain his part but in the
force of his will. BENE. That a woman conceiv'd me, I thank her; that
i that he is horned, for that another shares the wearing of it. 8
go to church and be serious.
she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble ACT I thanks : but that I will have a recheat? winded in my
Sc. I forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me. Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and the fine" is (for the which I may
go the finer) I will live a bachelor. D. PEDRO. I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with
love. BENE. With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, my
Lord; not with love: prove that ever I lose more blood with love than I will get again with drinkingpick out mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen, and hang me up at the door of a brothel-house for the sign
of Blind Cupid ! D. PEDRO. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith,
thou wilt prove a notable argument." BENE. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat, and shoot
at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapp'd on the
shoulder, and callid Adam.
In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.
you may see Benedick the Married Man. CLAUD. If this should ever happen, thou would'st be
horn-mad. D. PEDRO. Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his quiver
in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. BENE. I look for an earthquake too, then. D. PEDRO. Well, you will temporize with the hours.
In the meantime, good Signior Benedick, repair to Leonato's: commend me to him, and tell him I will not fail him at supper; for indeed he hath made
great preparation. BENE. I have almost matters enough in me for such an
embassage: and so I commit you1 a point blown to call back the hounds (hunters'). 4 end. 5 subject for discourse.
7 mad as a bull. II : B
2 i.e, on a horn. 6 i.e. the first man.
8 wit. 9