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Much Ado About Nothing
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Act I, Scene ii:
A Room in Leonato's House.
[Enter Leonato and Antonio.]
Leon. :
How now, brother? Where is my cousin, your son? Hath he
provided this music?
Ant. :
He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell you
news that you yet dream not of.
Leon. :
Are they good?
Ant. :
As the event stamps them; but they have a good cover, they
show well outward. The prince and count Claudio, walking in a
thick-pleached alley in mine orchard, were thus overheard by
a man of mine: The prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my
niece, your daughter, and meant to acknowledge it this night in a
dance; and, if he found her accordant, he meant to take the
present time by the top, and instantly break with you of it.
Leon. :
Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?
Ant. :
A good sharp fellow; I will send for him, and question him
Leon. :
No, no; we will hold it as a dream, till it appear itself:—but
I will acquaint my daughter withal, that she may be the better
prepared for an answer, if peradventure this be true. Go you and
tell her of it.
[Several persons cross the stage.]
Cousins, you know what you have to do.—O, I cry you mercy,
friend: go you with me, and I will use your skill:—
Good cousins, have a care this busy time.
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