Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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CLAUDIO

If there be any impediment, I pray you discover it.

CLAUDIO

If there’s any reason we shouldn’t get married, I urge you to tell me.

DON JOHN

You may think I love you not. Let that appear hereafter, and
aim better at me by that I now will manifest. For my
75brother, I think he holds you well, and in dearness of heart
hath holp to effect your ensuing marriage—surely suit ill
spent and labor ill bestowed.

DON JOHN

You may think that I don’t love you. I hope that, after I tell you my news, you will think better of me. My brother thinks highly of you, and because of his affection, has helped arrange your marriage—but that was definitely a waste of his time and energy.

DON PEDRO

Why, what’s the matter?

DON PEDRO

Why, what’s the matter?

DON JOHN

I came hither to tell you; and, circumstances shortened, for
80she has been too long a-talking of, the lady is disloyal.

DON JOHN

I came here to tell you—I’ll make this short, since she’s already been talked about for too long—the lady is unfaithful.

CLAUDIO

Who, Hero?

CLAUDIO

Who, Hero?

DON JOHN

Even she: Leonato’s Hero, your Hero, every man’s Hero.

DON JOHN

That’s the one: Leonato’s Hero, your Hero, every man’s Hero.

CLAUDIO

Disloyal?

CLAUDIO

Unfaithful?

DON JOHN

The word is too good to paint out her wickedness. I could
85say she were worse. Think you of a worse title, and I will fit
her to it. Wonder not till further warrant. Go but with me
tonight, you shall see her chamber window entered, even
the night before her wedding day. If you love her then,
tomorrow wed her. But it would better fit your honor to
90change your mind.

DON JOHN

The word is too good to represent her wickedness. She is worse than wicked. If you can think of a more awful title, I’ll call her that. But don’t keep wondering without more proof. Come with me tonight, and you’ll see a man enter her bedroom chamber—even tonight, the night before her wedding. If you still love her after that, then marry her tomorrow. But you would be more honorable if you changed your mind.

CLAUDIO

(to DON PEDRO) May this be so?

CLAUDIO

(to DON PEDRO) Is this possible?

DON PEDRO

I will not think it.

DON PEDRO

I won’t consider it.