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S HA KES P E A R.
VOLUME THE SECOND.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. --
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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING *.
DRAMATIS PERSON Æ.
Don PEDRO, Prince of Ir. | Antonio, brather to Leonato. ragon.
Borachio, confiúent to Don' Leonato, Governor of Mef- John. fina.
Conrade, friend to Borachio. Don John, bastard-brother Dogberry, two foolish of to Don Pedro.
ficers. Claudio, a young Lord of Hero, daughter to Leonato,
Florence, favourite to Beatrice, niece to Leonato.
Margaret, Ursula, two gena
Hero. by Don Pedro.
A Friar, Melsenger, Watch,
A court before Leonati's house.
of Arragon comes this night to Messina.
Nell. He is very near by this; he was
not three leagues off when I left him. Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action!
Mel. But few of any fort, and none of name.
Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the atchiever brings home full numbers; I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine, called Claudio..
* The firy from Ariolo, Orl. Fur. 1. 5. Mr Fope. Vol. II.
M:1. Much deserved on his part, and equally remembered by Don Pedro: he hath borne himself bę. yond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a linib the feats of a lion: he hath indeed better better'd expectation, than you must expect of me to tell
1.601. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much glad of it.
Mic/. I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him ; even so much, that joy could not thew itfelf modeft enough, without a badge of bitterness.
Lcon. Did he break out into tears ?
Leon. A kind overflow of kindness. There are no faces truer than those that are so washed. How much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at weeping !
Leat. I pray you, is Signior Montanto * returned from the wars, or no?
Mej. I know none of that name, Lady; there was none such in the army of
Beat. He fet up his bills here in Messina, and challenge'd Cupid at the flight; and my uncle's fool, reading the challenge, fubfcribed for Cupid, and challenged him at the bird-bolt. I pray you, how many liath " he kill'd and eaten in these wars : but how many “ hath he kill'd? for indeed I promis’d to eat all of “ his killing"
Leon. Faith, riece, you tax Signior Benedick too much ; but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not.
Mej. He hath done good service, Lady, in these wars.
Beat. “ You had musty victuals, and he hath holp " to cat it; he's a very valiant trencher-man, he hath
an excellent ftomach." Mel: And a good foldier too, Lady. * Sl.e gives him ti's name, to ridicule in hin the character of a bluitering, Ildies, the mornianto in Spanish fgriying a rico-larcel foorde