Much Ado about Nothing: Complete (Paperback)
CONRADE.What the good-year, my lord why are you thus out of measure sad?DON JOHN.There is no measure in the occasion that breeds; therefore the sadness is without limit.CONRADE.You should hear reason.DON JOHN.And when I have heard it, what blessings brings it?CONRADE.If not a present remedy, at least a patient sufferance.DON JOHN.I wonder that thou (being as thou say'st thou art, born under Saturn) goest about to apply a moralmedicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I have cause, andsmile at no man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure; sleep when I amdrowsy, and tend on no man's business; laugh when I am merry, and claw no man in his humour.CONRADE.Yea; but you must not make the full show of this till you may do it without controlment. You haveof late stood out against your brother, and he hath ta'en you newly into his grace; where it isimpossible you should take true root but by the fair weather that you make yourself: it is needful thatyou frame the season for your own harvest.DON JOHN.I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood to bedisdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to bea flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with amuzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had mymouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my liking: in the meantime, let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.CONRADE.Can you make no use of your discontent?DON JOHN.I make all use of it, for I use it only. Who comes here?Enter BORACHIO.What news, Borachio?14BORACHIO.I came yonder from a great supper: the Prince your brother is royally entertained by Leonato; and Ican give you intelligence of an intended marriage.DON JOHN.Will it serve for any model to build mischief on? What is he for a fool that betroths himself tounquietness?BORACHIO.Marry, it is your brother's right hand.DON JOHN.Who? the most exquisite Claudio?BORACHIO.Even he.DON JOHN.A proper squire And who, and who? which way looks he?BORACHIO.Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir of Leonato.DON JOHN.A very forward March-chick How came you to this?BORACHIO.Being entertained for a perfumer, as I was smoking a musty room, comes me the Prince andClaudio, hand in hand, in sad conference: I whipt me behind the arras, and there heard it agreedupon that the Prince should woo Hero for himself, and having obtained her, give her to CountClaudio.DON JOHN.Come, come; let us thither: this may prove food to my displeasure. That young start-up hath all theglory of my overthrow: if I can cross him any way, I bless myself every way. You are both sure, andwill assist me?CONRADE.To the death, my lord.DON JOHN.Let us to the great supper: their cheer is the greater that I am subdued. Would the cook were of mymind Shall we go to prove what's to be done.