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It is very true. DON PEDRO It were good that Benedick knew of it by some other, if she will not discover it. CLAUDIO To what end? He would make but a sport of it and torment the poor lady worse. 155 DON PEDRO An he should, it were an alms to hang him. She's an excellent sweet lady, and, out of all suspicion, she is virtuous. CLAUDIO And she is exceeding wise. DON PEDRO In everything but in loving Benedick. 160 LEONATO O my lord, wisdom and blood combating in so tender a body, we have ten proofs to one that blood hath 140 halfpence i.e. small pieces (pro- way in which these particular attributes nounced 'hàypense') echo Benedick's own criteria at 28ff. 141 railed at berated could suggest a staging of this scene in 142, 143 flout disdain, scorn which the hoaxers had overheard the 149 ecstasy transport, frenzy latter end of Benedick's description 153 other i.e. other persons of his ideal spouse (or that they had discover reveal heard him on the same subject at 156 An if another time; or that such criteria were alms act of charity conventional considerations, qualities 157 out . . . suspicion beyond all doubt that any man would desire in a wife). 158-9 virtuous . . . wise The uncanny 161, 162 blood passion 142-4 'I . . . should.'] Capell subst.; I . . . should. £ 144 loved] Oxf (Wells); loue £ 146-7 'O . . . patience!'] Capell subst.; O . . . patience. Q_ 154 make but] but make F 156] An] (And,) 214
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Much Ado About Nothing 2.3.185 the victory. I am sorry for her, as I have just cause, being her uncle and her guardian. DON PEDRO I would she had bestowed this dotage on me. 165 I would have doffed all other respects and made her half myself. I pray you tell Benedick of it and hear what 'a will say. LEONATO Were it good, think you? CLAUDIO Hero thinks surely she will die, for she says she 170 will die if he love her not, and she will die ere she make her love known, and she will die if he woo her, rather than she will bate one breath of her accustomed crossness. DON PEDRO She doth well. If she should make tender of 175 her love 'tis very possible he'll scorn it, for the man, as you know all, hath a contemptible spirit. CLAUDIO He is a very proper man. DON PEDRO He hath indeed a good outward happiness. CLAUDIO Before God, and in my mind very wise. 180 DON PEDRO He doth indeed show some sparks that are like wit. CLAUDIO And I take him to be valiant. DON PEDRO As Hector, I assure you. And in the managing of quarrels you may say he is wise, for either 185 165 bestowed this dotage conferred Claudio's defence) this love 178 proper handsome; admirable (although 166 doffed set aside; cf. 5.1.78 and n. Don Pedro's reformulation weakens this respects considerations (such as dif- sense) ference in rank); Don Pedro has a habit 179 outward happiness external appear- of imagining himself the lover of his ance subordinates'women. 181 sparks traces (signs of fire) 167 half myself i.e. my other half 182 wit intelligence 173 bate forgo 184 Hector valiant Trojan leader in 174 crossness intemperance, cussedness, Homer's Iliad, slain by Achilles, who obstructiveness subsequently dragged Hector's corpse 175 tender offer three times around Troy's walls 177 contemptible contemptuous, scorn- (22.465ff.) ful, but also
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