Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter HERO,MARGARET, and URSULA
HERO, MARGARET, andURSULA enter.

HERO

Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice and desire her to
rise.

HERO

Good Ursula, go wake my cousin and ask her to get up.

URSULA

I will, lady.

URSULA

I will, lady.

HERO

And bid her come hither.

HERO

And request that she come here.

URSULA

5Well.

URSULA

Very well.
Exit
She exits.

MARGARET

Troth, I think your other rebato were better.

MARGARET

Really, I think your other ruff is better.

HERO

No, pray thee, good Meg, I’ll wear this.

HERO

No, please good Meg, I’ll wear this one.

MARGARET

By my troth, ’s not so good, and I warrant your cousin will
say so.

MARGARET

Honestly, it’s not as good as the other one, and I’m sure your cousin will agree with me.

HERO

10My cousin’s a fool, and thou art another. I’ll wear none but
this.

HERO

My cousin’s a fool, and you are too. I’ll wear this one and none other.

MARGARET

I like the new tire within excellently, if the hair were a
thought browner; and your gown’s a most rare fashion, i'
faith. I saw the Duchess of Milan’s gown that they praise so.

MARGARET

I like your new wig and headdress, though I’d like it more if the hair were a shade browner. And your gown is really stylish. You know, I saw the Duchess of Milan’s gown, the one that everyone praises so highly.

HERO

15Oh, that exceeds, they say.

HERO

Oh, they say that dress surpasses all others.