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

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DON PEDRO Who have you offended, masters, that you are thus bound to your answer? This learned constable is too cunning to be understood. What's your offence? 220 BORACHIO Sweet Prince, let me go no farther to mine answer. Do you hear me, and let this count kill me. I have deceived even your very eyes. What your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light, who in the night overheard me confessing to this 225 man how Don John your brother incensed me to slander the lady Hero; how you were brought into the orchard and saw me court Margaret in Hero's garments; how you disgraced her when you should marry her. My villainy they have upon record, which I 230 had rather seal with my death than repeat over to my shame. The lady is dead upon mine and my master's 209 slanders malapropism for 'slanderers' in Dogberry's company?) to my pun- 210 verified Dogberry's error for 'sworn ishment to' 226 incensed provoked, as in MW 214 committed i.e. to custody 1.3.95-6, 'I will incense Ford to deal 216 in . . . division according to his own with poison', and KL 2.2.499, 'what rhetorical enumeration they may incense him to' 217 well suited neatly set out (by vari- 228-9 in Hero's garments 'This impor- ous phrasings) tant touch is added for the first time in 219 bound . . . answer required to this, the last account of the midnight respond; tied up in preparation for episode' (Smith); it is never explained your trial why Margaret would do this. 220 cunning clever, ingenious 231 seal i.e. prove, pay for; the metaphor 221-2 go . . . answer reply without pre- is from sealing wax. amble; travel no further (especially 232 upon in consequence of 295
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5.1.233 Much Ado About Nothing false accusation, and, briefly, I desire nothing but the reward of a villain. DON PEDRO Runs not this speech like iron through your blood? 235 CLAUDIO I have drunk poison whiles he uttered it. DON PEDRO But did my brother set thee on to this? BORACHIO Yea, and paid me richly for the practice of it. DON PEDRO He is composed and framed of treachery, And fled he is upon this villainy. 240 CLAUDIO Sweet Hero! Now thy image doth appear In the rare semblance that I loved it first. DOGBERRY Come, bring away the plaintiffs. By this time our sexton hath reformed Signor Leonato of the matter. And masters, do not forget to specify, when 245 time and place shall serve, that I am an ass. VERGES Here, here comes master Signor Leonato, and the sexton too. Enter LEONATO, his brother [ANTONIO] and the Sexton. LEONATO Which is the villain? Let me see his eyes, That when I note another man like him 250 I may avoid him. Which of these is he? 235 like iron i.e. as a sword; Don Pedro exceptionally lovely, likeness shifts into verse here. that in which; see Abbott, 394, and 238 practice accomplishment 5.2.45. 239 framed of shaped by (OED v. 5) 243 plaintiffs for 'defendants' 242 rare semblance exceptional, or 244 reformed malapropism for 'informed' 244, 247 Signor] fsigniorj 247 SP] Rome; Con.l Q 248.1 his . . . Sexton] om. F ANTONIO] Rome 296
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Much Ado About Nothing 5.1.272 BORACHIO If you would know your wronger, look on me.
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