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MUCH ADO

ABOUT NOTHIN

VOL. 11.

MUCH A DO

ABOUT NOTHING.

VOL. II.

VOL. II.

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Enter Leonato, Hero, Beatrice, and others,

Messenger,

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Leonato.

Mess. He is night to Messi Don Pedro of

tending on Hero.

| LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of
gon, comes this night to Messina

Mess. He is very near by this; he was not
leagues off when I left him.

Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost! action?

Mess. But few of any sort*, and none of

Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the
brings home full numbers. I find here,
Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a you
rentine, called Claudio

Mess. Much deserved on his part, and egy
membered by Don Pedro: he hath borne him
yond the promise of his age ; doing, in the
a lamb, the feats of a lion: lie hath, indeed

nd attendants.

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Enter Leonato, Hero, Beatrice, and others, with a

Messenger.

Leonato. I LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro of Arra. gon, comes this night to Messina.

Mess. 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?

Mess. But few of any sort*, and none of vame.

Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the achiever brings home full numbers. I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine, called Claudio.

Mess. Much deserved on his part, and equally remembered by Don Pedro: he hath borne himself be. yond the promise of his age; doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion : he hath, judeed, better

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Scene I. ABOUT NOTHING.

Beat. And a good soldier to a lady;—But si he to a lord?

Mess. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; with all honourable virtues.

Beat. It is so, indeed; he is no less than a so man : but for the stuffing-Well, we are all m

Leon. You must not, sir, mistake my niece :
is a kind of merry war betwixt siguior Benedic
her: they never meet, but there is a skirmish
between them.

Beat. Alas, he gets nothing by that. Inol
conflict, four of his five wits went halut
and now is the whole man governed with on
that if he have wit enough to keep himself
let him bear it for a difference between himsel
his horse: for it is all the wealth that he ha
to be known a reasonable creature.-Who is
panion now? He hath every month a ne!
brother.

Mess. Is it possible?

Beat. Very easily possible: he wears his i as the fashion of his hat, it ever changes v next blockt.

Mess. I see, lady, the gentleman is not books.

Beat. No: ap he were, I would burn m But, I pray you, who is his companion? Is young squarert now, that will make a voy him to the devil?

Mess. He is most in the company of
noble Claudio.

Beat. O Lord! he will hang upon him
ease: he is sooper caught than the pestile
the taker runs presently mad. God help
Claudio! if he have caught the Benedick, it!
him a thousand pound ere he be cured.

Mess. I will hold friends with you, lady
Beat. Do, good friend,

I as pleasant as ever

re in Messina, and and my uncle's fool, bed for Cupid, and t.--I pray you, how

in these wars? But Endeed, I promised to

signior Benedick too you, I doubt it not. ervice, lady, in these

1, and he hath holp to acher-man, he hath an

10, lady.

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* A cuckold

Quarrelsoine fellow

Mould for a

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