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Much Ado About Nothing

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CLAUDIO
That’s as much as to say, the sweet youth’s in love.
CLAUDIO
That’s as good as proof that the sweet young man’s in love.

DON PEDRO
The greatest note of it is his melancholy.
DON PEDRO
The biggest clue is his seriousness.

CLAUDIO
And when was he wont to wash his face?
CLAUDIO
And when has he ever been known to wash his face?


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DON PEDRO
Yea, or to paint himself? For the which I hear what they say
of him.
DON PEDRO
Yes, or to wear cosmetics? I hear what they say about him for doing that.


CLAUDIO
Nay, but his jesting spirit, which is now crept into a lute
string and now governed by stops—
CLAUDIO
Indeed, his mocking spirit has now crawled into a

lute

A lute is an instrument used in lovers’ serenades.

lute
, and he can be played like an instrument—


DON PEDRO
Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him. Conclude, conclude,
he is in love.
DON PEDRO
Truly, it all adds up to a serious story for Benedick. A conclusion, a conclusion: he is in love.

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CLAUDIO
Nay, but I know who loves him.
CLAUDIO
Oh, and I know who loves him.

DON PEDRO
That would I know too. I warrant, one that knows him not.
DON PEDRO
I bet I know, too: someone who clearly doesn’t know him at all.


CLAUDIO
Yes, and his ill conditions, and, in despite of all, dies for
him.
CLAUDIO
No, she does know him, and she also knows all his bad qualities—and in spite of all this, she still dies for him.

DON PEDRO
She shall be buried with her face upwards.
DON PEDRO

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