Enter Leonato and his brother.
Leonato (very emotional): Bring me a father that so loved his child,
Whose joy of her is overwhelmed like mine,
And bid him to speak of patience.
The like himself. Therefore give me no counsel.
(walk diagonally to the left) My griefs cry louder than advertisement.
Leonato’ s Brother (comforting): Yet bend not all the harm upon yourself.
Make those that do offend you suffer too.
Enter Prince and Claudio. (Come from the right side)
Claudio: Good day to both of you.
To Leonato’ s Brother)(point to Leonato)
Who wrongs him?
Leonato (with anger): Tush, tush, man, never fleer and jest at me.
(turn to right, approach Claudio)
I speak not like a dotard nor a fool,
As under privilege of age to brag
What I have done being young, or what would do
Were I not old, Know, Claudio, to they head,
Thou hast so wronged mine innocent child and me
That I am forced to lay my reverence by,
And with gray hairs and bruise of many days
Do challenge thee to trial of a man.
I say thou hast belied mine innocent child.
Thy slander hath gone through and through her
And she lies buried with her ancestors,
O, in a tomb where never scandal slept,
Save this of hers, framed by thy villainy.
point to Claudio
(point to himself)
: My villainy?
Leonato: Thine, Claudio, thine, I say.
Leonato’ s Brother
: Content yourself. God knows I loved my
And she is dead, slandered to death by villains
That dare as well answer a man indeed
As I dare take a serpent by the tongue.—
Boys, apes, braggarts, jacks, milksops!
(To Leonato and his brother)
: I will not hear you.