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

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3.4.17 Much Ado About Nothing MARGARET By my troth, 's but a night-gown in respect of yours - cloth o'gold, and cuts, and laced with silver, set with pearls, down sleeves, side sleeves and skirts round underborne with a bluish tinsel. But for a fine, quaint, 20 graceful and excellent fashion, yours is worth ten on't. HERO God give me joy to wear it, for my heart is exceeding heavy. MARGARET 'Twill be heavier soon by the weight of a man. 25 HERO Fie upon thee! Art not ashamed? MARGARET Of what, lady? Of speaking honourably? Is not marriage honourable in a beggar? Is not your lord honourable without marriage? I think you would have me say, saving your reverence, 'a husband'. An bad 30 thinking do not wrest true speaking, I'll offend nobody. Is there any harm in 'the heavier for a husband'? None, 17 's it is night-gown dressing gown in respect of compared with 18 cuts slashed openings on the edge or in the body of the overdress which would have revealed the rich lining inlaid beneath laced trimmed; embroidered 18-19 set with pearls Pearls were often sewn into the fabric of ornate gar- ments. 19 down sleeves tight-fitting sleeves to the wrist side sleeves ornamental sleeves draped away from the shoulders down the back 19-20 round underborne trimmed all the way around underneath; or held out by an ornamental petticoat 20 tinsel a fine silk tissue laced with silver or gold quaint elegant 21 on't of it 24 heavier Margaret's sexual innuendo compares with Don Pedro's at 3.2.62 that the woman who loves Benedick will be 'buried with her face upwards'. 26 Fie expresses serious offence Art not i.e. art thou not 28 honourable . . . beggar proverbial (Dent, M683). Protestantism encour- aged the appropriateness of marriage for all people (including priests); the Book of Common Prayer proclaims that 'Matrimony . . . is an honourable estate ... commended of Saint Paul to be hon- ourable among all men' (BCP, 290). 30 saving your reverence a formula for excusing the mention of an indelicate subject a husband i.e. instead of the indeter- minate man (25) An if 31 wrest twist the meaning of 17 in] F; it Q 18 o'] (a) 30 saving ... 'a husband'] Pope ; 'saving ... a husband' Cam; sauing . a husband Q_ An] (8c) 32 'the . . . husband'] Pope; the . . . husband Q_ 248
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Much Ado About Nothing 3.4.44 I think, an it be the right husband and the right wife; otherwise 'tis light and not heavy. Enter BEATRICE. Ask my lady Beatrice else; here she comes. 35 HERO Good morrow, coz. BEATRICE Good morrow, sweet Hero. HERO Why, how now? Do you speak in the sick tune? BEATRICE I am out of all other tune, methinks. MARGARET Clap's into 'Light o'love', that goes without 40 a burden. Do you sing it, and I'll dance it. BEATRICE Ye light o'love with your heels? Then if your husband have stables enough, you'll see he shall lack no barns. 34 light i.e. if the husband and wife in question are not married to one another 35 else i.e. if it is otherwise 36 morrow morning 38 how now i.e. what's the matter sick tune Beatrice speaks as if she has a head cold (cf. 58-60). 'Sick, sick' was the name and refrain of a late sixteenth- century tune entitled 'Captain Car', cited in Nashe's Summer's Last Will (1600), 852-3:
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