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

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338 mountain large quantity 339 fain gladly 340 fashion engineer. For some heartless critics, this language of artifice is proof that the ultimate union of Beatrice and Benedick is more indebted to social convention and machination than voluntary feeling; e.g. Stephen Greenblatt in the Norton Shakespeare: 'they are tricked into marriage against their hearts . . . [they] constantly tantalize us with the possibility of an identity . . . deliberately fashioned to resist the constant pressure of society. But that pressure finally prevails. Marriage is a social conspiracy' (Greenblatt, 1386); compare, however, the play's contrast between malicious and beneficent ('honest', 3.1.84) slanders, the latter sometimes a paradox but in this play argued to be true. 341 minister administer, provide, afford 343 nights' watchings wakeful nights; the term (like candle-wasters, 5.1.18) implies that the task will require much study as well as observation. 346 modest office seemly role 348 unhopefullest most unpromising 350 strain birth or lineage (JC 5.1.57); temperament (KL 5.3.41) approved proven 351 honesty honour humour put her in such a humour; indulge so as to persuade; manipulate 200
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Much Ado About Nothing 2.2.7 that she shall fall in love with Benedick; [to Claudio and Leonato] and I, with your two helps, will so practise on Benedick that, in despite of his quick wit and his queasy stomach, he shall fall in love with Beatrice. If we 355 can do this, Cupid is no longer an archer; his glory shall be ours, for we are the only love-gods. Go in with me and I will tell you my drift. Exeunt. [2.2] Enter [DON] JOHN and BORACHIO. DON JOHN It is so; the Count Claudio shall marry the daughter of Leonato. BORACHio Yea, my lord, but I can cross it. DON JOHN Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be medicinable to me. I am sick in displeasure to him, and 5 whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine. How canst thou cross this marriage? 353-4 practise on scheme upon 354 quick wit i.e. sharp intelligence, and his intellectual defence against marriage; Draper (262) observes that 'quick wit, though sometimes attributed to the sanguine type and to certain sorts of melancholy, was thought on the authority of Aristotle to be a common effect of choler . . . [albeit] such under the influence of the sun, [which] . . . made men strong, valiant, honest, and loyal' (unlike choleric persons under the influence of Mars, who tended to be brawlers). 355 queasy stomach fastidious pride; delicate appetite (for love) 356 Cupid . . . archer The cherubic god of love wounded his victims with arrows; Don Pedro suggests they will trump his efforts. 352-3 SD] Kittredge 358 SD] Rome; exit. Q Capell (D.Jo.); In fin Q 358 drift plan, intention 2.2 The location is a space in Leonato's house or its environs. 1-2 Don John's remark could indicate that his entrance overlaps with the exit of the previous scene, and thus is a comment upon what can be observed of Hero and Claudio's behaviour.
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