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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing Translation Act 1, Scene 2

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Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO

LEONATO

How now, brother, where is my cousin, your son? Hath he provided this music?

LEONATO

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ANTONIO

He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell you strange news that you yet dreamt not of.

ANTONIO

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LEONATO

Are they good?

LEONATO

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ANTONIO

As the events 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 much overheard by a man of mine: the Prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my niece yourdaughter 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 youof it.

ANTONIO

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LEONATO

Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?

LEONATO

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ANTONIO

A good sharp fellow. I will send for him, and questionhim yourself.

ANTONIO

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LEONATO

No, no, we will hold it as a dream till it appear itself. But I will acquaint my daughter withal, that shemay be the better prepared for an answer if peradventure this be true. Go you and tell her of it.

LEONATO

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Enter ANTONIO ’s son, with a musician and attendants

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 cousin, have a care this busy time.

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Matt cosby
About the Translator: Matt Cosby
Matt Cosby graduated from Amherst College in 2011, and currently works as a writer and editor for LitCharts. He is from Florida but now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also makes art, plays the piano, and goes to dog parks.