Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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CLAUDIO

That’s as much as to say, the sweet youth’s in love.

CLAUDIO

That’s as good as proof that the sweet young man’s in love.

DON PEDRO

The greatest note of it is his melancholy.

DON PEDRO

The biggest clue is his seriousness.

CLAUDIO

And when was he wont to wash his face?

CLAUDIO

And when has he ever been known to wash his face?

DON PEDRO

Yea, or to paint himself? For the which I hear what they say
45of him.

DON PEDRO

Yes, or to wear cosmetics? I hear what they say about him for doing that.

CLAUDIO

Nay, but his jesting spirit, which is now crept into a lute
string and now governed by stops—

CLAUDIO

Indeed, his mocking spirit has now crawled into a

lute

A lute is an instrument used in lovers’ serenades.

lute
, and he can be played like an instrument—

DON PEDRO

Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for him. Conclude, conclude,
he is in love.

DON PEDRO

Truly, it all adds up to a serious story for Benedick. A conclusion, a conclusion: he is in love.

CLAUDIO

50Nay, but I know who loves him.

CLAUDIO

Oh, and I know who loves him.

DON PEDRO

That would I know too. I warrant, one that knows him not.

DON PEDRO

I bet I know, too: someone who clearly doesn’t know him at all.

CLAUDIO

Yes, and his ill conditions, and, in despite of all, dies for
him.

CLAUDIO

No, she does know him, and she also knows all his bad qualities—and in spite of all this, she still dies for him.

DON PEDRO

She shall be buried with her face upwards.

DON PEDRO