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man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion. For thy part, Claudio, I did think to have beaten thee; but in that* thou art like to be ng kiosman, live unbruised, and love my cousin.
Claud. I had well hoped, thou would'st have de nied Beatrice, that I might have cudgelled thee out of thy single life, to make thee a double dealer; which, out of question, thou wilt be, if my cousin do not look exceeding narrowly to thee.
Bene. Come, come, we are friends :- let's have a dance ere we are married, that we may lighten our hearts, and our wives' heels.
Leon. We'll have dancing afterwards.
Bene. First, o'my word; therefore, play, music.Prince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee 2 wife; there is no staff more reverend than one tipped with horn.
Enter a Messenger. Mess. Mylord, your brother John is ta'en iu flight, And brought with armed men back to Messina.
Bene. Think not on him till tomorrow; I'll de. vise thee brave punishments for him. Strike up, pipers.
This play may be justly said to contain two of the most sprightly characters that Shakspeare ever drew. The wit, the humourist, the gentleman, and the sol. dier, are combined in Benedick. It is to be lamented, indeed, that the first and most splendid of these distinctions, is disgraced by unnecessary profaneness; for the goodness of his heart is hardly suffi. cient to atone for the licence of his tongue. The too
sarcastic levity, which flashes out in the conversa.
Much Ado About Nothing (as I understand from
Theseus, duke of Athens.
in love with Hermia.
Philostrate, master of the revels to Theseus.
Oberon, king of the fairies.
Characters in the interlude, per-
formed by the clowns,
Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta.
SCENE I. Athens. A room in the palace of
Enter. Theseus, Hippolyta, Philostrate, and at.