Much Ado About Nothing Act 1, Scene 1. Beatrice
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39. He set vp his bils here in Messina, & challeng’d
40. Cupid at the Flight: and my Vnckles foole reading the
41. Challenge, subscrib’d for Cupid, and challeng’d him at
42. the Burbolt. I pray you, how many hath hee kil’d and
43. eaten in these warres? But how many hath he kil’d? for
44. indeed, I promis’d to eate all of his killing.
45. ‘Faith Neece, you taxe Signior Benedicke too
46. much, but hee’l be meet with you, I doubt it not.
47. He hath done good seruice Lady in these wars.
48. You had musty victuall, and he hath holpe to
49. ease it: he’s a very valiant Trencher-man, hee hath an
50. excellent stomacke.
51. And a good souldier too Lady.
52. And a good souldier to a Lady. But what is he
53. to a Lord?
54. A Lord to a Lord, a man to a man, stuft with
55. all honourable vertues.
56. It is so indeed, he is no lesse then a stuft man:
57. but for the stuffing well, we are all mortall.
58. You must not (sir) mistake my Neece, there is
59. a kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick, & her:
60. they neuer meet, but there’s a skirmish of wit between
62. Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our last con-
63. flict, foure of his fiue wits went halting off, and now is
64. the whole man gouern’d with one: so that if hee haue
65. wit enough to keepe himselfe warme, let him beare it
66. for a difference betweene himselfe and his horse: For it
67. is all the wealth that he hath left, to be knowne a reaso-
68. nable creature. Who is his companion now? He hath
69. euery month a new sworne brother.
70 I’st possible?
71. Very easily possible: he weares his faith but as
72. the fas
hion of his hat, it euer changes with ye
73. I see (Lady) the Gentleman is not in your
75. No, and he were, I would burne my study. But
76. I pray you, who is his companion? Is there no young
77. squarer now, that will make a voyage with him to the
79. He is most in the company of the right noble
81. O Lord, he will hang vpon him like a disease:
82. he is sooner caught then the pestilence, and the taker
83. runs presently mad. God helpe the noble Claudio, if hee
84. haue caught the Benedict, it will cost him a thousand
85. pound ere he be cur’d.
86. I will hold friends with you Lady.
88. You’l ne’re run mad Neece.
89. No, not till a hot Ianuary.
90. Don Pedro is approach’d.
91. Enter don Pedro, Claudio, Benedicke, Balthasar,
92. and Iohn the bastard
93. Good Signior Leonato
, you are come to meet
94. your trouble: the fas
hion of the world is to auoid cos
95. and you encounter it.
96. Neuer came trouble to my hous
e in the likenes
97. of your Grace: for trouble being gone, comfort s
98. remaine: but when you depart from me, s
99. and happiness
e takes his leaue.
100. You embrace your charge too willingly: I
101. thinke this is your daughter.
102. Her mother hath many times told me s
103. Were you in doubt that you askt her?
104. Signior Benedicke, no, for then were you a
106. You haue it full Benedicke, we may ghess
107. this, what you are, being a man, truely the Lady fathers
108. her s
elfe: be happie Lady, for you are like an honorable
110. If Signior Leonato be her father, she would not
111. haue his head on her s
houlders for al Mess
ina, as like him
113. I wonder that you will s
till be talking, s
114. Benedicke, no body markes you.
115. What my deere Ladie Disdaine! are you yet
117. Is it poss
hould die, while s
118. hath s
uch meete foode to feede it, as Signior Benedicke?
ie it s
t conuert to Dis
daine, if you come in
120. her presence.
121. Then is curtes
ie a turne-coate, but it is cer-
122. taine I am loued of all Ladies, onely you excepted: and
123. I would I could finde in my heart that I had not a hard
124. heart, for truely I loue none.
125. A deere happinesse to women, they would else
126. haue beene troubled with a pernitious Suter, I thanke
127. God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that, I
128. had rather heare my Dog barke at a Crow, than a man
130. God keepe your Ladiship still in that minde,
ome Gentleman or other s
cape a predes
133. Scratching could not make it wors
e, and ’twere
uch a face as yours were.
135. Well, you are a rare Parrat teacher.
136. A bird of my tongue, is better than a beas
138. I would my hors
e had the s
peed of your tongue,
139. and s
o good a continuer, but keepe your way a Gods
140. name, I haue done.
141. You alwaies end with a Iades tricke, I know