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

Claudio i wish him joy of her benedick why thats

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CLAUDIO I wish him joy of her. BENEDICK Why, that's spoken like an honest drover; so they sell bullocks. But did you think the prince would have served you thus? 180 swine in Homer's Odyssey (10.148- 631), as well as Ovidian instances of persons and deities being converted into animal form. 165 blood passion, desire 166 accident event hourly i.e. frequent 167 mistrusted not never suspected; should have expected (more likely the latter, given the claim for frequency) 169 the same Perhaps Claudio has yet to unmask, though many productions have him do so before his soliloquy. 172 willow Willow garlands were the emblem of the forsaken (see Oth 4.3.50) or the merely lovelorn. 173 county count. This common form of 'count' is 'apparently] an adop- tion of AF. counte, or OF. and It. conte, with unusual retention of final vowel, confused in form with COUNTY (OED county 2 ). 'Shakespeare uses both forms although one may be felt to add a little local colour' (TxC, 372). 174 of in usurer's chain a heavy gold chain worn by a money-lender, a reviled profession 175 lieutenant's scarf a sash worn diagonally across the body marking the rank of a lieutenant, that below captain; a lieutenant was empowered to stand in, or take the place (from the French lieu tenir) of his superior. Cam 1 glosses 174— 5 as 'are you going to make capital out of this by claiming preferment from the Prince in return for your loss, or shall you challenge him to a duel?' 1 78 drover cattle-dealer 173 county ] Count F 174 of] off F 178 drover] fDrouierJ 189
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2.1.181 Much Ado About Nothing CLAUDIO I pray you leave me. BENEDICK Ho, now you strike like the blindman! 'Twas the boy that stole your meat, and you'll beat the post. CLAUDIO If it will not be, I'll leave you. Exit. BENEDICK Alas, poor hurt fowl, now will he creep into 185 sedges. But that my Lady Beatrice should know me, and not know me! The prince's fool - hah! It may be I go under that title because I am merry. Yea, but so I am apt to do myself wrong. I am not so reputed; it is the base, though bitter, disposition of Beatrice that puts the 190 world into her person and so gives me out. Well, I'll be revenged as I may. Enter DON PEDRO, HERO [and] LEONATO. DON PEDRO Now, signor, where's the count? Did you see him? 182-3 strike . . . blindman . . . beat . . . post i.e. behave irrationally, as in blind anger 183 post pillar; messenger 186 sedges reeds, a good hiding place for a wounded bird. This image inaugu- rates a chain of like references to the hunting and trapping of wild animals. 188 merry high-spirited (rather than foolish) 190 base mean, low-minded though bitter albeit stinging, cutting 190-1 puts . . . person claims to speak for everyone else, represents her own opinion as the world's 191 gives me out portrays me according to that opinion 192.1 *Qjncludes Don John, Borachio and Conrade in this entrance, though it is clear from 2.2 that Don John has not been present, and presumably nor have his henchmen. F has the Prince enter alone here, and Leonato and Hero with Claudio and Beatrice at 239. As the latter choice perhaps indicates, given that Hero and Leonato have no lines until 277 (Hero is mute until 346), their silent
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