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that am I It is not entirely clear what misunderstanding of malefactor leads Dogberry and Verges to come forward here, although it probably relies on the meaning of 'factor' as steward (Cam 2 ). exhibition i.e. commission (given to them by Leonato in 3.5) *before, i.e. to the fore; the punctu- ation (or enunciation) of this line to include a pause after before (and so to render it an instruction to Dogberry 4.2] Capell (SCENE II) 0.1 DOGBERRY and VERGES] Rowe subit. 0.2-3 and . . . BORACHIO] Capell subst.; Borachio, and the Towne clearke in gownes. Qj Borachw, Conrade, the Town Clerke and Sexton in gowns / Rowe 0.3 and CONRADE] Rowe 1 SP] Capell; Keeper Qj To. CI. / Rowe 2, 5 SP] Capell; Cowley Q Dog. / Rowe 3 SD] Oxf 4 SP] Capell; Andrew Q; Verg. / Rowe 8 before, master] this edn; before maister Q_ SD] this edn 278
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Much Ado About Nothing 4.2.28 DOGBERRY Yea, marry, let them come before me. [Watch 10 lead Borachio and Conrade forward, then step back.] [to Borachio] What is your name, friend? BORACHIO Borachio. DOGBERRY [to the Sexton] Pray write down 'Borachio'. [to Conrade] Yours, sirrah? CONRADE I am a gentleman, sir, and my name is 15 Conrade. DOGBERRY Write down 'master gentleman Conrade'. Masters, do you serve God? CONRADE, BORACHIO Yea, sir, we hope. DOGBERRY Write down, that they hope they serve God; 20 and write God first, for God defend but God should go before such villains. Masters, it is proved already that you are little better than false knaves, and it will go near to be thought so shortly. How answer you for yourselves? 25 CONRADE Marry, sir, we say we are none. DOGBERRY A marvellous witty fellow, I assure you. But I will go a bout with him. [to Borachio] Come you hither, to let the malefactors come forward) statute against profanity and the taking makes his interpretation at 10 yet of God's name in vain in plays another instance of construing the 21 defend forbid (cf. 2.1.83) Sexton's commands as a comment on 22 Masters a term of deference, hence his own self-importance. perhaps comically inappropriate 14 sirrah fellow (a term of contempt, 28 a bout a round (as in sparring, or which Conrade's insistence on his sta- dancing - cf. 2.1.76); heard as '(go) tus seeks to rebuff) about' = deal with, outmanoeuvre 19-22 Yea . . . villains omitted in F, him i.e. Borachio (unless a bout - presumably to comply with the 1606 'about', in which case him = Conrade) 10 SP] Capell; Kemp Qj To. CI. I Rowe 10-11 Watch . . .forward] Folg 2 (Conrade and Borachw are brought forward) 11 then step hack] this edn 12 SD] this edn 13 SP] Capell; Ke. Q Kern. F; To. CI. I Rowe SD] Oxf 'Borachio'] Capell suhst; Borachio £ 13-14 SD] Oxf 17 SP] Capell; Ke. Qj Kee. F; To. CI. I Rowe 'master gentleman Conrade'] Capell suhst.; master gentleman Conrade £ 19-22 CONRADI.. . . villains.] om. F 19 SP] Q(Both); Con., Bor. / Capell 20 SP] Capell; Kern. Qj TO. CI. I Theobald 11 SP] Capell; Kemp Qj To. CI. / Rowe 28 SD] this edn 279
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4.2.29 Much Ado About Nothing sirrah. A word in your ear. Sir, I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves. 30 BORACHIO Sir, I say to you, we are none.
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