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

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57 blown fully opened 58 intemperate ungoverned blood passion, lust 59 Venus the goddess of love (and mother of Cupid), notorious adulteress to her husband Vulcan, with Mars: 'According therefore to the opinion of the Poets, Venus was taken to be the goddess of wantonness and amorous delights as that she inspired into the minds of men, libidinous desires, and lustful appetites' (Cartari, sig. CC2 r ). those pampered animals perhaps pet monkeys, notoriously randy; see Oth 3.3.406-7: 'Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys, / As salt as wolves in pride'. Well-fed horses are also a candidate; see KL 4.5.120-2, 'The fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to't with a more riotous appetite. Down from the waist they are centaurs, though women all above,' where soiled = indulgently fed on fresh-cut grass, and hence high in spirits. 61 wide wide of the mark; derangedly 55 thee, seeming!] Collier (Knight); thee seeming, Qj thee! Seeming! (Seymour); thy seeming! Pope; the seeming! Knight 62 SD] this edn 62+ SP2] Rome (Pedro.); Prince Q_ 260
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Much Ado About Nothing 4.1.78 I stand dishonoured that have gone about To link my dear friend to a common stale. LEONATO Are these things spoken, or do I but dream? 65 DON JOHN Sir, they are spoken, and these things are true. BENEDICK This looks not like a nuptial. HERO True? O God! CLAUDIO Leonato, stand I here? Is this the prince? Is this the prince's brother? 70 Is this face Hero's? Are our eyes our own? LEONATO All this is so, but what of this, my lord? CLAUDIO Let me but move one question to your daughter, And by that fatherly and kindly power That you have in her bid her answer truly. 75 LEONATO I charge thee do so, as thou art my child. HERO O, God defend me, how am I beset! What kind of catechizing call you this? 64 stale (1) prostitute of the lowest class 74 kindly natural (of kin) (cf. 2.2.23: 'a contaminated stale, such 75 in over a one as Hero'); (2) decoy 76 as . . . child i.e. by the truth of my 69-71 Claudio's questions go to the heart paternity (a warrant whose credibility of the play's concern with the ability to has already been established at 1.1.100) make judgements based on visual evi- 77 beset surrounded, besieged, i.e. by dence; ironically, Don John is only the accusations Prince's half-brother, and Claudio has 78 catechizing examination; the just finished claiming that Hero's face is Elizabethan catechism of faith is a not an adequate index of her identity. series of questions, beginning with 73 move put 'What is your name?' 66 SP] Rowe (John.); Bastard Q_ 68 True?] 'True?' Cam; True, £ 76 so] om. F 261
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4.1.79 Much Ado About Nothing CLAUDIO To make you answer truly to your name. HERO Is it not Hero? Who can blot that name 80 With any just reproach? CLAUDio Marry, that can Hero; Hero itself can blot out Hero's virtue. What man was he talked with you yesternight Out at your window betwixt twelve and one?
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