Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

Enter LEONATO andANTONIO
LEONATO and ANTONIO enter.

LEONATO

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

LEONATO

Hey, brother. Tell me, where is my nephew, your son? Has he taken care of the music?

ANTONIO

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

ANTONIO

He is taking care of it as we speak. But brother, I have some strange news for you.

LEONATO

5Are they good?

LEONATO

Is it good news?

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
10discovered to Claudio that he loved my niece your daughter
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 you of it.

ANTONIO

Well, it seems like good news. A servant of mine overheard the Prince and Claudio talking as they walked through my orchard. The Prince said that he is in love with Hero, your daughter, and that he is going to tell her so at the dance tonight. If he she wants to marry him, too, he’s going to find you and ask for her hand immediately.

LEONATO

Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?

LEONATO

Is this servant of yours a smart man?

ANTONIO

15A good sharp fellow. I will send for him, and question him
yourself.

ANTONIO

He’s very bright. I’ll get him to come here, and you can ask him yourself.