Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter DON PEDRO, DON JOHN, LEONATO, FRIAR FRANCIS, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK,HERO, BEATRICE, and Attendants
DON PEDRO, DON JOHN,LEONATO, FRIAR FRANCIS,CLAUDIO, BENEDICK,HERO, and BEATRICE enter withATTENDANTS.

LEONATO

Come, Friar Francis, be brief, only to the plain form of
marriage, and you shall recount their particular duties
afterwards.

LEONATO

All right, Friar Francis, let’s keep this short. Do a simple ceremony, and list all the particular duties of marriage later.

FRIAR FRANCIS

(to CLAUDIO) You come hither, my lord, to marry this lady?

FRIAR FRANCIS

(to CLAUDIO) Have you come here, my lord, to marry this lady?

CLAUDIO

5No.

CLAUDIO

No.

LEONATO

To be married to her.—Friar, you come to marry her.

LEONATO

No, he comes to be married to her. Friar, you are the one who has come to marry her.

FRIAR FRANCIS

Lady, you come hither to be married to this count?

FRIAR FRANCIS

Lady, do you come here to be married to this count?

HERO

I do.

HERO

I do.

FRIAR FRANCIS

If either of you know any inward impediment why you
10should not be conjoined, charge you on your souls to utter
it.

FRIAR FRANCIS

If either of you knows any secret reason why you two should not be joined in marriage, I order you on your souls to say so.

CLAUDIO

Know you any, Hero?

CLAUDIO

Do you know any, Hero?

HERO

None, my lord.

HERO

None, my lord.

FRIAR FRANCIS

Know you any, count?

FRIAR FRANCIS

Do you know any, count?