Shakespeare, W - Much Ado About Nothing (Arden, 2006).pdf

Fervent loyalty 35 cozened cheated 36 semblance mere

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fervent loyalty 35 cozened cheated 36 semblance mere appearance maid virgin discovered revealed thus i.e. that Hero consorts with Borachio 37 trial proof 38 bear . . . likelihood seem no less convincing 40 Claudio Some editors read 'Borachio' for Claudio, on the grounds that for Claudio to overhear a supposed Hero call to Claudio might suggest that she were herself deceived; but presumably it would be easier to convince the socially ambitious Margaret ('Why, shall I always keep below stairs?', 5.2.9-10) to dress as her mistress and play-act with Borachio the love affair of Hero and Claudio, in a kind of sex game of social class, and it would also doubly injure Claudio to watch Hero mock him by calling her lover by his name. Shakespeare's sources have the man actually entering the bedroom window, as opposed to merely speaking at it, and it is worth noting here that Shakespeare renders this scene in report only, although some productions choose to stage it, a choice which can either (if convincingly staged) mitigate Claudio's rejection of Hero or (if not plausibly incriminating) make his distrust of her all the more repellent; Shakespeare however leaves the audience to judge his decision to reject her on the basis of our imagination of the scene, given aural evidence alone. Like many of the characters, we too are dependent on report. 42 fashion contrive, arrange; cf. 2.1.339- 40: 'I would fain have it a match, and I doubt not but to fashion it.' 44 disloyalty unfaithfulness 30 Don] on F 33 - as] (as Q_ in] in a F 34-6 match, . . . maid - ] Cape/I; match) . . . maid, Q 39 Margaret] fMargJ 40 'Hero'] this edn; Hero 49 'Claudio'] this edn; Claudio Qj Borachio Theobald 42 meantime] fmean time,) 44 truth] truths F 203
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2.2.45 Much Ado About Nothing jealousy shall be called assurance, and all the 45 preparation overthrown. DON JOHN Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put it in practice. Be cunning in the working this and thy fee is a thousand ducats. BORACHIO Be you constant in the accusation and my 50 cunning shall not shame me. DON JOHN I will presently go learn their day of marriage. Exeunt. [2.3] Enter BENEDICK alone. BENEDICK Boy! [Enter Boy.] BOY Signor. BENEDICK In my chamber window lies a book. Bring it hither to me in the orchard. BOY I am here already, sir. 5 45 jealousy suspicion assurance certainty 46 preparation i.e. for the wedding 47 Grow this let this grow what issue whatever outcome 48 working this i.e. working of this (Abbott, 93) 49 ducats A ducat was a gold or silver coin worth about 9s 4d (i.e. about 47p, or a modern equivalent of around £20). 51 cunning guile, underhanded clever- ness 52 presently at once, directly 2.3 The location is Leonato's orchard. The staging needs to provide for Benedick's concealment from the gullers (though he must be visible to the audience); its elaborateness will depend on the nature of the production (on the Elizabethan stage, presumably the actor playing Benedick concealed himself downstage behind the pillars). Modern production choices have included shrubbery, trees, lattice, garden furniture, etc., as well as arbours, both imaginary and actual. Property arbours did exist in
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