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Much Ado About Nothing - Act 1, scene 2
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Act 1, scene 2
Leonato is given a garbled account of the conversation between Don Pedro and Claudio, and is led to believe that Don Pedro wishes to marry Hero.Enter Leonato, ⌜meeting⌝ an old man, brother to
LEONATO 0324 How now, brother, where is my cousin, your
0325 son? Hath he provided this music?
LEONATO’S BROTHER 0326 He is very busy about it. But,
0327 brother, I can tell you strange news that you yet
0328 5 dreamt not of.
LEONATO 0329 Are they good?
LEONATO’S BROTHER 0330 As the events stamps them, but
0331 they have a good cover; they show well outward.
0332 The Prince and Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached
0333 10 alley in mine orchard, were thus much
0334 overheard by a man of mine: the Prince discovered
0335 to Claudio that he loved my niece your daughter and
0336 meant to acknowledge it this night in a dance, and if
0337 he found her accordant, he meant to take the
0338 15 present time by the top and instantly break with you
0339 of it.
LEONATO 0340 Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?
LEONATO’S BROTHER 0341 A good sharp fellow. I will send
0342 for him, and question him yourself.
LEONATO 0343 20No, no, we will hold it as a dream till it
0344 appear itself. But I will acquaint my daughter
0345 withal, that she may be the better prepared for an
0346 answer, if peradventure this be true. Go you and tell
0347 her of it.
⌜Enter Antonio’s son, with a Musician and Attendants.⌝
0348 25 Cousins, you know what you have to do.—O, I cry
0349 you mercy, friend. Go you with me and I will use
0350 your skill.—Good cousin, have a care this busy