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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. -
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M. DCC. LXXI.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING*.
DRAMATIS PERSON Æ. . Don Pedro, Prince of :Ir. || Antonio, brother to Leonato. ragon..
Borachio, confident to Don · Leonato, Governor of Mef John. Jina.
Conrade, friend to Borachio. Don John, bajtard-brother Dogberry, iwo foolish of
to Don Pedro. . Verges, S ficers. Claudio, a young Lord of Hero, daughter to Leonato,
Florence, favourite to Beatrice, niece to Leonato.
Margarer, Ursula, two gena Benedick, a young Lord of || tlewomen attending on
Padua, favoured likewise Hero.
1. A Friar, Messenger, Watch, Balthazar, fcrvant to Dan Town-Clerk, Šexion, and Pedro.
ACT I. SCENE I.
A court before Leonata's house. . Enter Leonato, Hero, and Beatrice, with a melenger. Leon. Y LEARN in this letter, that Don Pedro
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?
Mej. But few of any sort, and none of name.
Leon. A victory is twice itself, when the archiever brings home fully numbers; I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine, called Claudio..
• The firy from Ariolo, Orl. Fur. l. 5. Mr Pope. VOL.II.
M:1. Much deserved on his part, and equally remembered by Don Pedro: he hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion: he hath indeed better better'd expectation, than you muit expect of me to tell you how.
L.2012. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much glad of it.
Niej. I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him; even so much, that joy could not shew itself modeft enough, without a badge of bitterness.
Leon. Did he break out into tears ?
Leon. A kind overflow of kindness. There are no faces truer than those that are so washed. How mạch 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 any fort.
1.c0n. What is he that you ask for, niece? Hero. My cousin means Signior Benedick of Padua.
Mel. O, he's return'd, and as pleasant as ever he was.
Beat. He fet up his bills here in Messina, and challenge'd Cupid at the flight; and my uncle's fool, reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and challenged him at the bird-bolt. “ I pray you, how many hath " 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, niece, you tax Signior Benedick too much ; but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not.
Mes. He hath done good service, Lady, in these wars.
Beat. “ You had muity victuals, and he hath holp “ to cat it; he's a very valiant trencher-man, he hath ~ an excellent stomach.”
Mill. And a good foldier too, Lady. * Sie gives him this name, io ridicule in him the character of a bluitering, fyldier, the word vinar.to in Spanish igriying a two-handed werd.