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

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of Beatrice's motion across the stage. 27 oars i.e. fins The bird was also a figure of a specifi- 28 treacherous because it hides a hook cally female deceit, as in e.g. The Court 30 couched couched: hidden; ensconced of Good Counsel (1607): 'those women closely whose minds are not deckt of virtue, woodbine coverture honeysuckle are those which labour aboue all oth- covering, canopy ers in decking up their bodies, think- 31 i.e. don't worry about my ability to ing belike to haue as good luck as the play my part 23 SD Enter BEATRICE] Oxf'; after 25 Qj after 23 F who hides] Theobald subst. (running towards the arbour) 26 SD] Foakes 30 woodbine] fwood-bine,), Theobald 32 SD] Foakes 221
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3.1.33 Much Ado About Nothing Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it. [They approach Beatrice's hiding place.] - No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful. I know her spirits are as coy and wild 35 As haggards of the rock. URSULA But are you sure That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely? HERO So says the prince and my new-trothed lord. URSULA And did they bid you tell her of it, madam? HERO They did entreat me to acquaint her of it; 40 But I persuaded them, if they loved Benedick, To wish him wrestle with affection And never to let Beatrice know of it. URSULA Why did you so? Doth not the gentleman Deserve at full as fortunate a bed 45 As ever Beatrice shall couch upon? 35 coy evasive Bert's Treatise of Hawks and Hunting 36 haggards untamed mature female (1619) notes that 'your haggard is hawks (as opposed to those raised from very loving and kinde to her keeper, nestlings by human hands, in order to after he hath brought her by his sweet hunt), and hence a figure for unruly and kind familiarity to understand women of deceptive wiles and feigned him' (Bert, cited in Furness). reluctance. Cf. TS 4.2.39: 'this proud Beatrice employs similar imagery in disdainful haggard'; Lyly, Anatomy, her soliloquy at the end of the scene 219: 'I know not whether it is peculiar (112). to that sex to dissemble with those who 38 new-trothed trothèd; newly pledged they most desire, or whether they haue or betrothed learned outwardly to loth that which 42 affection his passion they most loue, yet wisely did she cast 45-6 *at . . . upon fully as blessed a this in her head, if she should yeelde at marriage bed as Beatrice will inhabit the first assault he woulde thinke hir a (OED full a., sb} and adv. B 1); OJs lighte huswife, if she should reiect him 'as full' may be a compositor's error scornfully a very haggard.' Edmund for 'at full'. 33 SD] Steevens subst. (they advance to the bower); approaching Beatrice's hiding place Oxf 38 new- trothed] (new trothed;, Theobald 42 wrestle] (wrastle; 45 at full] this edn; as full Q 222
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Much Ado About Nothing 3.1.60 HERO O god of love! I know he doth deserve As much as may be yielded to a man. But Nature never framed a woman's heart Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice. 50 Disdain and Scorn ride sparkling in her eyes, Misprising what they look on, and her wit Values itself so highly that to her All matter else seems weak. She cannot love, Nor take no shape nor project of affection, 55 She is so self-endeared.
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