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Much Ado About Nothing

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CONRADE
And thought they Margaret was Hero?
CONRADE
And they thought Margaret was Hero?




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BORACHIO
Two of them did, the Prince and Claudio, but the devil my
master knew she was Margaret; and partly by his oaths,
which first possessed them, partly by the dark night, which
did deceive them, but chiefly by my villainy, which did
confirm any slander that Don John had made, away went
Claudio enraged, swore he would meet her as he was
appointed next morning at the temple, and there, before the
whole congregation, shame her with what he saw o'ernight
and send her home again without a husband.
BORACHIO
The Prince and Claudio did, but the devil, my master, knew that it was Margaret. They believed the charade partially because of my master’s testimony—which first caused them to doubt Hero—and partially because of how dark and deceiving the night was, but mostly because of my villainous actions, which confirmed Don John’s slander. Claudio went away enraged, swearing that he’d meet Hero at the temple as planned and there, before the entire congregation, shame her with what he’d discovered and send her home without a husband.

SECOND WATCHMAN
We charge you, in the Prince’s name, stand!
SECOND WATCHMAN
We charge you, in the Prince’s name, to stop!



FIRST WATCHMAN
Call up the right Master Constable. We have here
recovered the most dangerous piece of lechery that ever was
known in the commonwealth.
FIRST WATCHMAN
Call up the Master Constable Dogberry. We have

recovered

recovered=discovered; lechery=treachery

recovered
the most dangerous piece of lechery that was ever known in the commonwealth.

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SECOND WATCHMAN
And one Deformed is one of them. I know him; he wears a
lock.
SECOND WATCHMAN
And one of them is the criminal Deformed. I know him; he wears a lock of hair.

CONRADE
Masters, masters—
CONRADE
Gentlemen, gentlemen—


SECOND WATCHMAN
(to BORACHIO) You’ll be made bring Deformed forth, I
warrant you.
SECOND WATCHMAN
(to BORACHIO) I bet you’ll be forced to bring Deformed forward.

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FIRST WATCHMAN
Masters, never speak, we charge you, let us obey you go
with us.
FIRST WATCHMAN
Gentlemen, don’t speak. We

obey

obey = order

obey
you to go with us.

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