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

Don pedro o day untowardly turned claudio o mischief

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DON PEDRO O day untowardly turned! CLAUDIO O mischief strangely thwarting! 120 DON JOHN O plague right well prevented! So will you say when you have seen the sequel. [Exeunt.] [3.3] Enter DOGBERRY[, the constable], and his compartner [VERGES,] with the Watch[, among them George SEACOAL and Hugh Oatcake]. 111 why i.e. that would provide a reason strangely thwarting unaccountably why obstructive (OED strangely adv. 5) 112 in the congregation Unlike his 121-2 So . . . sequel 'The exit of Don precedents in the prose and poet- John with this string of sibilants can- ic sources, who communicate their not be accidental' (Craik, 304). rejection of Hero by messenger to 122 This point in the action has often the bride's father, Claudio immedi- been the location of an interpolated ately plots a very public repudiation scene of Borachio's assignation with of Hero. In Ariosto, he withdraws Margaret (Cox, Shakespeare, 156). See from the court without a murmur p. 87 for discussion of the ramifica- {Orlando, 96.56), is believed a suicide, tions of such a production choice, and it is his grief-stricken brother 3.3 The location is a street, with a church Lurcanio who'undertakes before them bench in it and a penthouse (100), or all, / To give them perfect notice and overhanging shed or porch roof; see instruction, / Who was the cause of lOOn. Ariodante's fall'(97.63.3-5). 0.1 constable the chief civil officer of 117 coldly calmly; without betraying you a parish, nominally holding office know it for a year. The post was unpaid and 118 issue outcome was meant to rotate amongst citizens, 119 untowardly turned unhappily although some holders (like MM\ altered Elbow) were persuaded to occupy it 120 mischief evil plight {OED sb. la), for a price, so as to spare others their i.e. Hero's infidelity turn. Proverbially witless ('You might 112 her, tomorrow in] Alexander; her tomorrow, in Rowe; her to morrow in Qj her; to morrow, in Capell congregation] Qu; congregation, Qc 116, 121 SP] Rowe (John); BastardQ 117 midnight] nights 122 SD] F2; Exit. F 3.3] Capell (SCENE III) 0.1 the constable] this edn 0.2 VERGES] Rowe 0.2-3 among . . . Oatcake] this edn 235
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3.3.1 Much Ado About Nothing DOGBERRY Are you good men and true? VERGES Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer salvation, body and soul. DOGBERRY Nay, that were a punishment too good for them, if they should have any allegiance in them, being chosen for the prince's watch. VERGES Well, give them their charge, neighbour Dogberry. DOGBERRY First, who think you the most desertless man to be constable? l WATCHMAN Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Seacoal, for they can write and read. 10 be a constable for your wit', Dent, C616). compartner fellow office-bearer; the only use of this word in Shakespeare's works 0.2 the Watch a neighbourhood citizen patrol; their number could include at least four men (Oatcake, Seacoal, the speaker who distinguishes them, and perhaps one other from whom they are distinguished). As Seacoal is the only speaker whose speeches can be identified, he is alone in being speci- fied in the SPs.
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