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Don pedro why how now count wherefore are you sad 265

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DON PEDRO Why, how now, Count? Wherefore are you sad? 265 CLAUDIO Not sad, my lord. DON PEDRO How then? Sick? 252 Lady Tongue like the continuer' Lady Disdain (1.1.136, 112), a figure of female shrewish- ness and garrulousness; cf. Lady Fame, 2.1.195-6. 255-6 I . . . it I paid him interest on the use of his heart (i.e. Beatrice returned her own heart - a double heart - in addition to, or in exchange for, his). Along with 1.1.138-9, a suggestion of a past romantic disappointment (which would make Benedick and Beatrice's history analogous to Claudio and Hero's in consisting of an initial setback followed by a reaffirmation). 257 it i.e. his - or perhaps her own - heart false dice dice that have been weigh- ted so as to permit cheating in a game of chance. Beatrice implies that at some point in the past Benedick broke faith with her despite her own gen- erous terms of 100 per cent interest (usury was, however, itself a suspect practice). 259-60 put him down defeated or demeaned him. Beatrice's response sexualizes the phrase, and, as John Traugott observes, 'Beatrice is forever thinking of (or being made to think of) the ultimate female position in the congress of the sexes - put down, overmastered, lying in woolen, dancing the love dance down into the grave' (Traugott, 173). 262 fools errant humans; additionally, any children of Benedick's might resemble their foolish father, the Prince's jester. 265 sad solemn, serious; an implied SD for the actor playing Claudio 252 my Lady Tongue] this Lady tongue /' 256 his] a F 195
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2.1.268 Much Ado About Nothing CLAUDIO Neither, my lord. BEATRICE The count is neither sad, nor sick, nor merry, nor well - but civil count, civil as an orange, and 270 something of that jealous complexion. DON PEDRO Ffaith, lady, I think your blazon to be true; though I'll be sworn if he be so his conceit is false. Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and fair Hero is won. I have broke with her father, and his good will obtained. 275 Name the day of marriage, and God give thee joy! LEONATO Count, take of me my daughter, and with her my fortunes. His grace hath made the match, and all grace say amen to it. BEATRICE Speak, Count, 'tis your cue. 280 CLAUDIO Silence is the perfectest herald of joy; I were but little happy if I could say how much. Lady, as you 270 civil grave, with a pun on Seville, the Spanish town renowned for or- anges of a bittersweet flavour (i.e. like Claudio, neither sweet nor sour); the words could be and often were spelled the same in Elizabethan orthography. Cam 1 cites Nashe, Strange News, Of the Intercepting Certain Letters (1592): 'For the order of my life, it is as civil as a civil orange' (Nashe, 1.329). In the contrast between their bitter rind and sweet fruit, oranges were also a figure of deception; see 4.1.30n. 271 jealous complexion Yellow was considered the symbol of jealousy and suspicion, perhaps because of the melancholy attendant upon jaundice (the word comes from the Old English geolo, related to the word for gall). Cf.
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