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the sense likely to be conveyed is that distractedly passes the utmost reach of Leonato drawing a blank as to how of thought.' to answer the Prince's question, stut- 103 past . . . thought unthinkable but tering, and then attempting to appeal true to Claudio (or to the Prince) for reply: 108 discovers displays, reveals 'Sit - you, you'. The use of the future 109 effects signs; love-melancholy was tense {will sit) indicates a repeated understood to be accompanied by a action in the past (as at 132). 102-3 it affection,] Oxf (Pope); it, . . . affection, Qj it, . . . affection; Steevem 2 110, 122 SD] Theobald 111 sit you - you] ('sit you, you,) 212
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Much Ado About Nothing 2.3.139 BENEDICK I should think this a gull, but that the white-bearded fellow speaks it. Knavery cannot, sure, 120 hide himself in such reverence. CLAUDIO [aside] He hath ta'en th'infection; hold it up! DON PEDRO Hath she made her affection known to Benedick? LEONATO No, and swears she never will. That's her 125 torment. CLAUDIO 'Tis true indeed, so your daughter says. 'Shall I,' says she, 'that have so oft encountered him with scorn, write to him that I love him?' LEONATO This says she now, when she is beginning to 130 write to him; for she'll be up twenty times a night, and there will she sit in her smock till she have writ a sheet of paper. My daughter tells us all. CLAUDIO Now you talk of a sheet of paper, I remember a pretty jest your daughter told us of. 135 LEONATO O, when she had writ it, and was reading it over, she found 'Benedick' and 'Beatrice' between the sheet? CLAUDIO That. 119 gull hoax 132 smock chemise 120 white-bearded fellow i.e. Leonato have writ has written; in Leonato's Knavery trickery jest, as in her own behaviour (revealed 121 himself itself in 5.4), Beatrice demonstrates her love reverence esteemed old age by writing to Benedick. 122 ta'en th'infection i.e. swallowed the 135 pretty jest droll incident bait; the metaphor connotes the sta- 136 she i.e. Beatrice tus of love as an illness. Claudio's i t . . . it i.e. the piece of paper comment indicates some action on 137-8 between the sheet literally, Benedick's part that would demon- between the (folded) sheet of paper, but strate his having become persuaded with sexual innuendo, i.e. bedsheets, or further intrigued by what he over- cf. TGV 1.2.123-9 hears. 139 That yes, that one (jest; with perhaps hold it up keep the jest going an eye-roll at its familiarity) 120 white-bearded] fwhite bearded;, F 127-9 'Shall . . . him?'] Capellsubst.; shall. . . him? Q_ 135 us of] F; of vs £> 137 'Benedick' . . . 'Beatrice'] Cam'; Benedick . . . Beatrice Q_ 213
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2.3.140 Much Ado About Nothing LEONATO O, she tore the letter into a thousand halfpence, 140 railed at herself that she should be so immodest to write to one that she knew would flout her. 'I measure him', says she, 'by my own spirit; for I should flout him, if he writ to me - yea, though I loved him I should.' CLAUDIO Then down upon her knees she falls, weeps, 145 sobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays, curses, 'O sweet Benedick! God give me patience!' LEONATO She doth indeed; my daughter says so. And the ecstasy hath so much overborne her that my daughter is sometime afeard she will do a desperate outrage to 150 herself. It is very true.
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