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

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BEATRICE For them all together, which maintained so politic a state of evil that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them. But for which of my 60 good parts did you first suffer love for me? sentimental love poetry - like another 'Do you imagine to reprove words, that soldier of professed incompetence at the talke of the afflicted should be as love language, Henry V (H5 5.2.132-3): the winde?'; Dent, W833. 'Marry, if you would put me to verses, 50 noisome offensive or to dance for your sake, Kate, why, 52 his its you undid me.' Benedick nonetheless 54 undergoes has received does manage to produce a sonnet in 55 subscribe publish, publicly proclaim 5.4. over a signature 44 fare you well This often serves 59 politic well-governed; canny, as a cue for Beatrice to move as if to Beatrice's metaphor invokes that of exit. the body politic. 45 that what; see 5.1.242n. on that. 61 suffer undergo, but with (as Benedick 49 Foul . . . but foul wind Cf. Job, 6.26: glosses) a sense of resistance 40.1] F; after 41 Q 42+ signor] fsignior; 44 'Then'] Malone; Then, £ 45 came for] Rome 3 ; came Q_ 303
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5.2.62 Much Ado About Nothing BENEDICK 'Suffer love'! A good epithet. I do suffer love indeed, for I love thee against my will. BEATRICE In spite of your heart, I think. Alas, poor heart! If you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for yours, for I 65 will never love that which my friend hates. BENEDICK Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably. BEATRICE It appears not in this confession: there's not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself. BENEDICK An old, an old instance, Beatrice, that lived in 70 the time of good neighbours. If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings and the widow weeps. BEATRICE And how long is that, think you? BENEDICK Question: why, an hour in clamour and a 75 quarter in rheum. Therefore is it most expedient for the wise, if Don Worm - his conscience - find no 65-6 If . . . hates 'If you love me in spite of your desire, then I will spite your heart for your sake, for I would never love something (a heart) which my lover spites.' 67 too wise i.e. because their wit prevents them from taking statements unequivocally or conventionally (al- though the statement could also be taken as an acknowledgement of the risks and vulnerabilities involved in loving) 68 in by 69-71 praise himself . . . neighbours Dent, N117, gives as proverbial 'He has ill neighbours that is fain to praise himself 70 instance precept 72-3 live . . . monument be no longer remembered or memorialized 73 bell i.e. the funeral bell, or the 'pass- ing bell', rung as a person lay dying (nine times for a man plus one peal for every year of his age) in order to signi- fy to the community and the person in question that the end is near (Gittings, 133) 75 Question i.e. good question in clamour noise of the funeral bell, here three-quarters of an hour long- er than the weeping of the widow; in popular literature, widows were noto- rious for the rapidity of their recover- ies and remarriages. A ballad of the period entitled 'How to Wyve Well' includes the verse 'But when she heres thee
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