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an opinion of another's dotage, and no such matter; that's the scene that I would see, which will be merely a dumb show. Let us send her to call him in to dinner.
[Aside. [Exeunt Don Pedro, CLAUDIO, and LEONATO.
BENEDICK advances from the arbor. Bene. This can be no trick. The conference was sadly borne. They have the truth of this from Hero. They seem to pity the lady; it seems, her affections have their full bent. Love me! Why, it must be requited. I hear how I am censured. They say, I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive the love come from her; they say, too, that she will rather die than give any sign of affection.— I did never think to marry; --I must not seem proud.—Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending. They say the lady is fair ;-'tis a truth; I can bear them witness: and virtuous ;—'tis so; I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving me.-By my troth, it is no addition to her wit ;-nor no great argument of her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her. I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long against marriage ;-but doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age. Shall quips, and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from the career of his humor? No. The world must be peopled. When I said, I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.—Here comes Beatrice. By this day, she's a fair lady. I do spy some marks of love in her.
Enter BEATRICE. Beat. Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.
Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains. Beat. I took no more pains for those thanks, than you take pains to thank me; if it had been painful, I would not have come.
1 Seriously carried on.
Bene. You take pleasure then in the message ?
Beat. Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knife's point, and choke a daw withal.—You have no stomach, seignior ; fare you well.
[Exit. Bene. Ha! Against my will I am sent to bid you come to dinner ;—there's a double meaning in that. I took no more pains for those thanks than you took pains to thank me—that's as much as to say, any pains that I take for you is as easy as thanks.- If I do not take pity of her, I am a villain ; if I do not love her, I am a Jew. I will go get her picture. [Exit.
SCENE I. Leonato's Garden.
Enter Hero, MARGARET, and Ursula. Hero. Good Margaret, run thee into the parlor; There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice, Proposing with the prince and Claudio: Whisper her ear, and tell her, I and Ursula Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse Is all of her; say, that thou overheard'st us; And bid her steal into the pleached bower, Where honey-suckles, ripened by the sun, Forbid the sun to enter ;-like favorites, Made proud by princes, that advance their pride Against that power that bred it. There will she hide her, To listen our propose. This is thy office; Bear thee well in it, and leave us alone.
1 Proposing is conversing, from the French propos, discourse, talk.
2 The folio reads purpose; the quarto propose, which appears to be right. See the preceding note. VOL. I.
Marg. I'll make her come, I warrant you, presently.
Enter BEATRICE, behind.
Urs. The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
[They advance to the bower
But are you sure
Hero. So says the prince, and my new-trothed lord.
Hero. They did entreat me to acquaint her of it;
Urs. Why did you so ? Doth not the gentleman
1 A hawk not trained to obedience; a wild hawk. 2 Wish him, that is, recommend to or desire him.
Deserve as full, as fortunate a bed,
Hero. O God of love! I know, he doth deserve
Urs. Sure, I think so;
Hero. Why, you speak truth. I never yet saw man,
Urs. Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.
Hero. No, nor to be so odd, and from all fashions, As Beatrice is, cannot be commendable. But who dare tell her so? If I should speak, She'd mock me into air ; 0, she would laugh me Out of myself, press me to death with wit. Therefore let Benedick, like covered fire, Consume away in sighs, waste inwardly.
2 Alluding to the practice of witches in uttering prayers, i. e. misinterpret them.
3 An agate is often used metaphorically for a very diminutive person, in allusion to the figures cut in agate for rings, &c.
It were a better death than die with mocks ;
Urs. Yet tell her of it; hear what she will say.
Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick,
Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong.
Hero. He is the only man of Italy,
Urs. I pray you, be not angry with me, madam,
Hero. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name.
Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it.When are you married, madam?
Hero. Why, every day ;-to-morrow. Come, go in; I'll show thee some attires; and have thy counsel, Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow.
Urs. She's limed, I warrant you; we have caught her, madam.
Hero. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps; Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
[Exeunt Hero and URSULA.
Beat. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be
Contempt, farewell! . And maiden pride, adieu !
1 i. e. discourse, or powers of reasoning.
2 i. e. ensnared.