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

Don pedro my visor is philemons roof within the house

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DON PEDRO My visor is Philemon's roof: within the house is Jove. HERO Why then, your visor should be thatched. 80 85 76 *a bout a turn, a portion of the dance (but the aural sense 'about' also applies); cf. Rjf 1.5.17-18: 'Welcome, gentlemen, ladies that have their toes / Unplagu'd with corns will walk a bout with you.' Alan Brissenden suggests that the dance here is the pavan, 'for in that elegant perambulation the couples can be side by side with hands linked at arm's length and the steps involve turns back and forth, retreats and advances, so that it is ideal for highlighting dramatic conversation' (Brissenden, 49). It is also possible that the dialogue between the couples occurs as they pair off in preparation for the dance. 77 friend partner; lover 78 So so long as 79 walk away probably a reference to the movement required by the dance pat- tern; see 76n. 83 favour face, looks defend forbid (cf. the French défendre) 84 like the case This indicates that Don Pedro wears a grotesque mask (it is doubtful that Hero toys with the sala- cious meaning of case here, though her playful speech in this scene indicates some capacity for the verbal dexterity of her peers). 85 visor mask Philemon's roof Don Pedro compares his ugly visor to the humble cottage roof ('thatched all with straw and fennish reed') of Philemon and Baucis, an elderly and impoverished couple in Ovid's Metamorphoses, who nonetheless provided unstinting hospitality to the gods Jove and Mercury disguised as humble travellers (8.616-735). Don Pedro's comparison of himself to Jove hints at his (godlike, or at least well- born) identity to Hero. The idea of Jove, king of the gods, in a thatched cottage was (like Christ in a manger) a familiar trope of incongruity or paradox; see AYL 3.3.9-10: 'O knowledge ill- inhabited, worse than Jove in a thatched house!' 85-8 The couple trade lines here in a rhyme that shares the 14-syllable verse line of Arthur Golding's translation of the Metamorphoses (Ovid/Golding, fol. 113% sig. 07 v ). 87 thatched i.e. like a humble cottage; whiskered; or Hero's reply could sug- gest that he is balding. 76+ SP] Capell (D. Pe); Pedro Q 76 SD] Cam' (Leading Hero forth) a bout] Cam'; about Q_ 78 So you] F; So, you Q_ 80 company?] Rowe 1 ; company. Q 85-6] Oxf 1 lines roof. / Jove. / 86 Jove] (loue); Loue /•' 183
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2.1.88 Much Ado About Nothing DON PEDRO Speak low if you speak love. [They move aside; Balthasar and Margaret come forward.'] BALTHASAR Well, I would you did like me. MARGARET So would not I, for your own sake, for I have many ill qualities. BALTHASAR Which is one? I say my prayers aloud. I love you the better; the hearers may cry 90 MARGARET BALTHASAR amen! MARGARET BALTHASAR MARGARET 95 God match me with a good dancer! Amen! And God keep him out of my sight when the dance is done! Answer, clerk. Speak low The instruction suggests a SD for the tone of Hero's voice throughout; it also provides for the invitation to private speech necessary to Don Pedro's proposal, and clears the way for the next pair of dancers.
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