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

Balthasar the best i can my lord don pedro do so

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BALTHASAR The best I can, my lord. DON PEDRO Do so. Farewell. Exit Balthasar. Come hither, Leonato. What was it you told me of 91 today? That your niece Beatrice was in love with Signor Benedick? CLAUDIO [aside] O ay, stalk on, stalk on, the fowl sits. [Raises his voice.] I did never think that lady would have 95 loved any man. LEONATO No, nor I neither. But most wonderful that she should so dote on Signor Benedick, whom she hath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to abhor. 79 a shift i.e. in a pinch, as a stop-gap the suggestion about providing a ser- 82 lief readily enade at Hero's chamber window); the 83 night-raven a proverbial harbin- phrase indicates the conversation in ger of doom. Cf. Dent, R33: 'The progress between the conspirators croaking raven bodes disaster'; FQ, while Benedick speaks to the audience. 'The hoars night-rauen, 86 get . . . m u s i c i.e. get us some (more) trump of dolefull drere'; and Lyly, excellent music, although asking Sappho and Phao, 3.359-60: 'the owle Balthasar to procure (other) excel- hath not shrikte at the window, or the lent music perhaps could corroborate night Rauen croked, both being fatall' Benedick's estimate of Balthasar's tal- (Works, 2.397). ents 85 Yea, m a r r y addressed to either 94 stalk . . . sits proceed carefully, our Claudio or Leonato (whoever has made prey is waiting to be caught 80 SD] Johnson An] fand; 82 lief] F; Hue £ 90 SD] after 89 Qj Exeunt Balthasar and Music I Capell 94 SD] after ska Johnson suhst. ay] (I) 95 SD] Oxf 211
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2.3.100 Much Ado About Nothing BENEDICK Is't possible? Sits the wind in that corner? 100 LEONATO By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to think of it. But that she loves him with an enraged affection, it is past the infinite of thought. DON PEDRO Maybe she doth but counterfeit. CLAUDIO Faith, like enough. 105 LEONATO O God! Counterfeit? There was never counterfeit of passion came so near the life of passion as she discovers it. DON PEDRO Why, what effects of passion shows she? CLAUDIO [aside] Bait the hook well, this fish will bite! 110 LEONATO What effects, my lord? She will sit you - you heard my daughter tell you how. CLAUDIO She did indeed. DON PEDRO How, how, I pray you? You amaze me! I would have thought her spirit had been invincible 115 against all assaults of affection. LEONATO I would have sworn it had, my lord; especially against Benedick. 100 Sits . . . corner proverbial (Dent, host of distinctive behaviours, or'signs W419: 'Is the wind in that door?'), e.g. diagnosticke' (Ferrand, 106), such as 'Is that the way the wind blows?' The Beatrice is reported to exhibit at 140— wind was thought to blow from one 2. Cf. 3.2.37-8: 'If he be not in love of the four quarters of the earth (i.e. with some woman there is no believ- north, south, east or west). ing old signs.' 102 enraged i.e. passionate 111 sit you - you Q^s punctuation (see 102-3 *it. But . . . it OJs light punctu- t.n.) can be read as a use of the Latin ation (see t.n.) allows for two different ethical dative, which emphasizes meanings: (1) 'I cannot avoid thinking the hearer's interest in the answer that she loves him to distraction'; (2) (Furness); in performance, however, 'The degree to which she loves him
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