Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 4
No Fear Act 3 Scene 4 Page 3

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HERO

Why, how now? Do you speak in the sick tune?

HERO

Why do you sound so odd? Are you ill? You sound out of tune.

BEATRICE

35I am out of all other tune, methinks.

BEATRICE

I must be ill—I don’t think I can speak in any other tune.

MARGARET

Clap ’s into “Light o' love.” That goes without a burden.
Do you sing it, and I’ll dance it.

MARGARET

If it’s a tune we want, let’s sing “Light on Love!” It’s a light song and doesn’t require a man to sing the baritone. You sing, and I’ll dance.

BEATRICE

Ye light o' love, with your heels! Then, if your husband
have stables enough, you’ll see he shall lack no barns.

BEATRICE

You’re “light on love” sure enough—your frivolous dancing proves you have light heels! When you’re married one of these days, if your husband is rolling in dough, you’ll let him roll in the hay whenever he wants.

MARGARET

40O illegitimate construction! I scorn that with my heels.

MARGARET

Never! I reject that life; I kick it away with my

heels

“Light-heeled” is slang for sexually loose.

heels
.

BEATRICE

'Tis almost five o'clock, cousin. 'Tis time you were ready.
By my troth, I am exceeding ill. Heigh-ho!

BEATRICE

(to HERO) It’s almost five o'clock, cousin. You should be ready by now. Oh, I really don’t feel well. Heigh-ho!

MARGARET

For a hawk, a horse, or a husband?

MARGARET

Are you sighing for a hawk, a horse, or a husband?

BEATRICE

For the letter that begins them all, H.

BEATRICE

I have an ache; I’m sighing for the letter that begins all those words.

MARGARET

45Well, an you be not turned Turk, there’s no more sailing by
the star.

MARGARET

Well, if you haven’t

renounced

The word “ache” was once pronoun-ced like the letter h.

renounced
your old faith yet, we can’t trust anything anymore.

BEATRICE

What means the fool, trow?

BEATRICE

What does the fool mean by that, I wonder?

MARGARET

Nothing, I; but God send everyone their heart’s desire.

MARGARET

I don’t mean anything—but God sends everyone their heart’s desire.

HERO

These gloves the Count sent me, they are an excellent
50perfume.

HERO

The Count sent me an excellent pair of perfumed gloves.