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Much Ado About Nothing

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BEATRICE
No, sure, my lord, my mother cried, but then there was a
star danced, and under that was I born.—Cousins, God
give you joy!
BEATRICE
Actually, my lord, my mother cried when she was giving birth to me. But then a star danced in the sky, and that’s the moment I was born.—Kinsmen, I’m off.

LEONATO
Niece, will you look to those things I told you of?
LEONATO
Niece, will you take care of those things I mentioned?

BEATRICE
I cry you mercy, uncle.—By your Grace’s pardon.
BEATRICE
Oh, yes, I’m sorry, uncle.—If you’ll excuse me, your grace.
Exit
She exits.

DON PEDRO
By my troth, a pleasant-spirited lady.
DON PEDRO
I swear, she’s a very good-natured lady.


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LEONATO
There’s little of the melancholy element in her, my lord. She
is never sad but when she sleeps, and not ever sad then, for
I have heard my daughter say she hath often dreamed of
unhappiness and waked herself with laughing.
LEONATO
There’s very little about her that’s gloomy, my lord. She’s only sad when she sleeps—and not even then. Hero told me that Beatrice has often had dreams about being unhappy, and managed to wake herself from them by laughing.

DON PEDRO
She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband.
DON PEDRO
She can’t stand to hear about getting a husband.

LEONATO
Oh, by no means. She mocks all her wooers out of suit.
LEONATO
No, not at all. She mocks all her suitors so severely that they drop the suit.

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DON PEDRO
She were an excellent wife for Benedict.
DON PEDRO
She would make a good wife for Benedick.


LEONATO
O Lord, my lord, if they were but a week married, they
would talk themselves mad.
LEONATO
Oh, Lord, if they were married, they’d drive themselves crazy within a week.

DON PEDRO
County Claudio, when mean you to go to church?
DON PEDRO
Count Claudio, when do you plan to go to church and be married?


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CLAUDIO
Tomorrow, my lord. Time goes on crutches till love have all
his rites.
CLAUDIO
Tomorrow, my lord. Time will move as slowly as an old man until our love receives its proper ceremony.

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