Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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DON JOHN

If you dare not trust that you see, confess not that you know.
If you will follow me, I will show you enough, and when
95you have seen more and heard more, proceed accordingly.

DON JOHN

If you won’t risk coming to see her tonight, then don’t claim to know what she’s like. If you follow me, I’ll give you all the proof you need. Once you have seen more and heard more, then you can decide what to do.

CLAUDIO

If I see anything tonight why I should not marry her,
tomorrow in the congregation, where I should wed, there
will I shame her.

CLAUDIO

If I see anything tonight that convinces me not to marry her, I’ll shame her tomorrow in the very congregation where I would have married her.

DON PEDRO

And as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will join with thee
100to disgrace her.

DON PEDRO

And since I wooed her in your name, I’ll join you in disgracing her.

DON JOHN

I will disparage her no farther till you are my witnesses.
Bear it coldly but till midnight and let the issue show itself.

DON JOHN

I won’t say anything else about her until you two see things for yourselves. Remain calm until midnight, and then you’ll see what the trouble is.

DON PEDRO

O day untowardly turned!

DON PEDRO

Oh, this day has turned into a disaster!

CLAUDIO

O mischief strangely thwarting!

CLAUDIO

Oh, mischief has ruined our plans!

DON JOHN

105O plague right well prevented! So will you say when you
have seen the sequel.

DON JOHN

Oh, a plague has been prevented, thank God! That’s what you’ll say once you’ve seen part two.
Exeunt
They all exit.