Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 1
No Fear Act 4 Scene 1 Page 4

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DON JOHN

Sir, they are spoken, and these things are true.

DON JOHN

They’re really being spoken, sir, and they’re true.

BENEDICK

65This looks not like a nuptial.

BENEDICK

This doesn’t look like a wedding.

HERO

True! O God!

HERO

It’s true! Oh God!

CLAUDIO

Leonato, stand I here?
Is this the Prince? Is this the Prince’s brother?
Is this face Hero’s? Are our eyes our own?

CLAUDIO

Leonato, am I standing here? Is this the Prince? Is this the Prince’s brother? Is this face Hero’s? Are these our eyes?

LEONATO

70All this is so, but what of this, my lord?

LEONATO

Yes, that’s all true—but what do you mean by it, my lord?

CLAUDIO

Let me but move one question to your daughter,
And by that fatherly and kindly power
That you have in her, bid her answer truly.

CLAUDIO

Let me just ask her one question, and by your authority as her father, order her to answer truthfully.

LEONATO

I charge thee do so, as thou art my child.

LEONATO

As my child, I order you to do so.

HERO

75Oh, God defend me! how am I beset!—
What kind of catechizing call you this?

HERO

Oh, God help me! How I’m being attacked! What kind of game is this?

CLAUDIO

To make you answer truly to your name.

CLAUDIO

We just want you to answer to your real name.

HERO

Is it not Hero? Who can blot that name
With any just reproach?

HERO

Isn’t my name Hero? Who can stain that name with a just accusation?

CLAUDIO

    Marry, that can Hero!
80Hero itself can blot out Hero’s virtue.
What man was he talked with you yesternight
Out at your window betwixt twelve and one?
Now, if you are a maid, answer to this.

CLAUDIO

Indeed, Hero herself can! You’ve stained your virtue with your own actions. What man were you talking to at your window last night, between the hours of midnight and one? If you’re a virgin, you’ll answer this question.

HERO

I talked with no man at that hour, my lord.

HERO

I wasn’t talking to any man at that time, my lord.