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

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are enough notes on these pages as it is, the number of choices is unwieldy if not infinite, and my assumption is that other readers will have their own opin- ions about how characters might or might not behave, and will undoubtedly exercise them. Who's in, mho's out In practice, this means that most clarifications of the Quarto's irregularities are fairly obvious ones: who is on stage in a par- ticular scene, when they arrive, when they need to leave. The dialogue itself will give the reader clear answers to many such questions (which is probably why the writer didn't overload his 133
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Introduction *5Wuchadoe catc his heart in the market place. Bened. Hcarcme Beatrice. Best. Talkc with a man out at a window, a proper faying. Bened, Nay but i'catuce. 'Be,it. Swede Hero,ihe is wrongd^he is flaundred,fhcc is vndone. Bened. Beat? Btàt. Prmccs and Counties! furely a princely tcfhnionic ,a goodly Countc, Countc Comfcc~t,a fvvcetc Gallant furely, O that Î were a man for his lake» 01 that I had any friend wouldc be aman for rov fake! Butmanhoode is melted into curiies, valour into complemented men are only tin nd into tongue, and trim ones too ; he is now as valiant as Hercules, that only tels a he.nnd fwcares it : I cannot be a man with wiihin^dui- fore 1 will die a woman with gricumg. 'Betted, 'fairy good i'eatnce.bythishandl louethec. 'Beatrice V(e it for jny loue fouie other way than fwearing by it. Bened. Thinkc vou in your foule the Count Claudio luth wrongjj! Hero? Beatrice Yea, as furc 1 haue a thought,or a foulc. *Bened. Enough,! am engagde, 1 will challenge him, I will kiflcyour band,r<ndfo 1 leaucyou : by this hand,Claudio fhal render me a decrc account: as you heart of me,(o think of inc: got cornfbiteyour coofm, 1 mull fav flic is dead, and fo fare- well. Stitcr the Ccnftéblespjcraihii,mdthc Tienne c/caikf tNfoxmffï Keeper Isourwhole diflcmbiv appcard? Vovuley O a floole and a cuihion lor the Sexton. Sextm Which be the malefactor}? Jk*êrm Mat-y that am 1 ,and my partner. Cnwley Nay thats certiinc,wc haue the exhibition to exa- mine. Sexton But which/ire the offenders? that arc to be exami- ned !<*t them come before mailler conlLble. Kemp Y eamary, let them totncbefoie nice, what is your name. 21 Much Ado About Nothing, 1600 Quarto, sigs G3 v -4 r (4.1.305^.2.54). Note the variety of speech prefixes for Dogberry {Keeper, Andrew, Kemp, Ke.); the use of actors' names {Cowley, Kemp); the use of colons where a 134
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Introduction about Nothing, uamc.fricnd? Tier. Borachio. Ke. Pray write downe Borachio. Yours firra. COM. I am a gentlt man fir,and my name is Com acfe. Ke. Write dovvnc mailler gentleman Conradc : maifters, do YOU feme God? Beth Yea (ir we hope. Krm. Write downe, that they hope they feruc God : and write God firlldor God defend but God Ihoulde got before fucli vi1fames:maifters,u isproouedatreadie that you arc little better th.in f allé knaucs, and it will %o necre to be thought fo fliorÙV, how anfwer vou for your felucs?
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