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D. Pedro. He is in earnest.
Claud. In most profound earnest; and, I'll warrant you, for the love of Beatrice.
D. Pedro. And hath challenged thee?
D. Pedro. What a pretty thing man is, when
CONRADE and BORACHIO. Claud. He is then a giant to an ape; but then is an ape a doctor to such a man.
D. Pedro. But, soft you, let be; pluck up my heart, and be sad ! 9 Did he not say, my brother was fled?
Dogb. Come, you, sir; if justice cannot tame you, she shall ne'er weigh more reasons in her balance:
: nay, an you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must be looked to.
D. Pedro. How now, two of my brother's men bound ! Borachio, one!
Claud. Hearken after their offence, my lord !
D. Pedro. Officers, what offence have these men done?
Dogb. Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things : and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.
D. Pedro. First, I ask thee what they have done; thirdly, I ask thee what's their offence; sixth and lastly, why they are committed; and, to conclude, what you lay to their charge?
's your offence?
Claud. Rightly reasoned, and in his own division; and, by my troth, there's one meaning well suited.
D. Pedro. Whom have you offended, masters, that you are thus bound to your answer? this learned constable is too cunning to be understood : What's
Bora. Sweet prince, let me go no further to mine answer: do you hear me, and let this count kill me. I have deceived even your very eyes : what your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light; who, in the night, over-heard me confessing to this man, how Don John, your brother, incensed 1 me to slander the lady Hero; how you were brought into the orchard, and saw me court Margaret in Hero's garments; how you disgraced her, when you should marry her : my villainy they have upon record; which I had rather seal with my death, than repeat over to my shame: the lady is dead upon mine and my master's false accusation; and, briefly, I desire nothing but the reward of a villain.
D. Pedro. Runs not this speech like iron through Claud. I have drunk poison, whiles he utter'd it.
D. Pedro. But did my brother set thee on to this?
Bora. Yea, and paid me richly for the practice of it. D. Pedro. He is compos'd and fram'd of trea
chery : And fled he is upon this villainy.
Claud. Sweet Hero ! now thy image doth appear In the rare semblance that I loved it first
your blood ?
Dogb. Come, bring away the plaintiffs ; by this time our Sexton hath reformed signior Leonato of the matter : And masters, do not forget to specify, when time and place shall serve, that I am an ass.
Verg. Here, here comes master signior Leonato,
hast kill'd Mine innocent child ? Bora,
Yea, even I alone.
Claud. I know not how to pray your patience,
By my soul, nor I ;
Leon. I cannot bid you bid my daughter live,
Possess the people in Messina here
O, noble sir,
No, by my soul, she was not ;
Dogb. Moreover, sir, (which, indeed, is not under white and black,) this plaintiff here, the offender, did call me ass: I beseech you, let it be remembered in his punishment: And also, the watch heard them talk of one Deformed: they say, he wears a key in his ear, and a lock hanging by it; and borrows money in God's name; the
which he hath used so long, and never paid, that now men grow hard-hearted, and will lend nothing for God's sake: Pray you, examine him upon that point.
Leon. I thank thee for thy care and honest pains.
Dogb. Your worship speaks like a most thankful and reverend youth ; and I praise God for you. Leon. There's for thy pains. Dogb. God save the foundation !
Leon. Go, I discharge thee of thy prisoner, and I thank thee.
Dogb. I leave an arrant knave with your worship; which, I beseech your worship to correct yourself, for the example of others. God keep your worship; I wish your worship well; God restore you to health : I humbly give you leave to depart; and if a merry meeting may be wished, God prohibit it. - Come,
neighbour. [Exeunt DOGBERRY, VERGES, and Watch. Leon. Until to-morrow morning, lords, farewell. Ant. Farewell, my lords; we look for you to
morrow. D. Pedro. We will not fail. Claud.
To-night I'll mourn with Hero.
[Exeunt Don Pedro and Claudio. Leon. Bring you these fellows on; we'll talk with
Margaret, How her acquaintance grew wit this le 15 fel low.