William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

ACT 2.
1. Scene I. A hall in LEONATO'S house. (continued)

O! by no means: she mocks all her wooers out of suit.

She were an excellent wife for Benedick.

O Lord! my lord, if they were but a week married, they would talk
themselves mad.

Count Claudio, when mean you to go to church?

To-morrow, my lord. Time goes on crutches till love have all his rites.

Not till Monday, my dear son, which is hence a just seven-night; and a
time too brief too, to have all things answer my mind.

Come, you shake the head at so long a breathing; but, I warrant thee,
Claudio, the time shall not go dully by us. I will in the interim
undertake one of Hercules' labours, which is, to bring Signior Benedick
and the Lady Beatrice into a mountain of affection the one with the
other. I would fain have it a match; and I doubt not but to fashion it,
if you three will but minister such assistance as I shall give you

My lord, I am for you, though it cost me ten nights' watchings.

And I, my lord.

And you too, gentle Hero?

I will do any modest office, my lord, to help my cousin to a good

And Benedick is not the unhopefullest husband that I know. Thus far
can I praise him; he is of a noble strain, of approved valour, and
confirmed honesty. I will teach you how to humour your cousin, that
she shall fall in love with Benedick; and I, with your two helps, will
so practise on Benedick that, in despite of his quick wit and his
queasy stomach, he shall fall in love with Beatrice. If we can do
this, Cupid is no longer an archer: his glory shall be ours, for we
are the only love-gods. Go in with me, and I will tell you my drift.


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