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

221 show fshew 224 idea fldasa 228 moving delicate f2

Info icon This preview shows pages 293–296. Sign up to view the full content.

221 show] fshew,) 224 idea] fldasa,) 228 moving, delicate] F2; moouing delicate Qj moving- delicate Capell 271
Image of page 293

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

4.1.231 Much Ado About Nothing If ever love had interest in his liver - And wish he had not so accused her; No, though he thought his accusation true. Let this be so, and doubt not but success Will fashion the event in better shape 235 Than I can lay it down in likelihood. But if all aim but this be levelled false, The supposition of the lady's death Will quench the wonder of her infamy. And if it sort not well, you may conceal her, 240 As best befits her wounded reputation, In some reclusive and religious life, Out of all eyes, tongues, minds and injuries. BENEDICK Signor Leonato, let the friar advise you, And though you know my inwardness and love 245 Is very much unto the prince and Claudio, Yet, by mine honour, I will deal in this As secretly and justly as your soul 23 1 interest in claim upon liver Elizabethans often imagined the liver as much a seat of love as the heart (the brains and the genitals were also contenders), though the liver has perhaps more comical connotations than the latter. Cf. TN 2.4.98-9: 'their love may be call'd appetite, / No motion of the liver, but the palate'; MW 2.1.105: 'FORD Love my wife? / PISTOL With liver burning hot'; LLL 4.3.73-4: 'This is the liver vein, which makes flesh a deity, / A green goose a goddess.' The liver was thought to play a key role in producing signs of love such as pallor, weight loss, hollow eyes and sleeplessness: 'because of the distraction of spirits the liver doth not performe his part, nor turns the aliment into blood as it ought, and for that cause the members are weake for want of sustenance' (Burton, 3.139). 232 accused accused 234-6 Follow this plan and doubt not that its accomplishment will produce a bet- ter outcome than I can predict. 237-9 i.e. but at the very least, if the plan doesn't wholly succeed, her supposed death will silence discussion about her shame 237 all aim but every outcome except be levelled false fail to come to fruition 239 wonder of wondering at, specula- tion about 240 sort turn out 242 reclusive . . . life i.e. in a convent 243 Out of out of the reach of, beyond 245 inwardness intimacy; Shakespeare's only such use. Cf. MM 3.2.127: 'Sir, I was an inward of his.' 246 Is Abbott, 336, illustrates singular verbs after two or more singular nouns as subjects. 272
Image of page 294
Much Ado About Nothing 4.1.266 Should with your body. LEONATO Being that I flow in grief, The smallest twine may lead me. 250 FRIAR 'Tis well consented. Presently away, For to strange sores strangely they strain the cure. Come, lady, die to live. This wedding day Perhaps is but prolonged. Have patience and endure. Exeunt [all but Beatrice and Benedick]. BENEDICK Lady Beatrice, have you wept all this while? 255 BEATRICE Yea, and I will weep awhile longer. BENEDICK I will not desire that.
Image of page 295

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

Image of page 296
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern