Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 1
No Fear Act 4 Scene 1 Page 5

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DON PEDRO

85Why, then are you no maiden.—Leonato,
I am sorry you must hear. Upon mine honor,
Myself, my brother, and this grievèd count
Did see her, hear her, at that hour last night
Talk with a ruffian at her chamber window
90Who hath indeed, most like a liberal villain,
Confessed the vile encounters they have had
A thousand times in secret.

DON PEDRO

Well then, you are no virgin. Leonato, I’m sorry you have to hear this. I swear on my honor that we saw and heard Hero talking to a brute at her window last night.
And that man confessed at length how he has secretly come to her bedroom thousands of times.

DON JOHN

Fie, fie, they are not to be named, my lord,
Not to be spoke of!
95There is not chastity enough in language,
Without offense, to utter them.—Thus, pretty lady,
I am sorry for thy much misgovernment.

DON JOHN

No, my lord, don’t name her sinful acts or speak of them! There’s no way to describe them without offending everyone here. Pretty lady, I’m much ashamed of your shocking behavior.

CLAUDIO

O Hero, what a Hero hadst thou been
If half thy outward graces had been placed
100About thy thoughts and counsels of thy heart!
But fare thee well, most foul, most fair! Farewell,
Thou pure impiety and impious purity.
For thee I’ll lock up all the gates of love,
And on my eyelids shall conjecture hang,
105To turn all beauty into thoughts of harm,
And never shall it more be gracious.

CLAUDIO

Oh Hero, you could have equaled the

mythical Hero

The mythical Hero, who died for her lover, Leander, was considered the model of perfect love.

mythical Hero
if only half your outward beauty matched your inner thoughts and desires! Goodbye, beautiful sinner. Goodbye to your pure wickedness and your wicked purity. Because of you, I’ll keep myself away from love. I’ll hang suspicion on my eyelids, so that all the beautiful things I see are transformed into dangers and are never able to trick me again.

LEONATO

Hath no man’s dagger here a point for me?

LEONATO

Does anyone have a dagger for me?
HERO swoons
HERO faints.

BEATRICE

Why, how now, cousin! wherefore sink you down?

BEATRICE

What’s wrong, cousin? Why have you collapsed?

DON JOHN

Come, let us go. These things, come thus to light,
110Smother her spirits up.

DON JOHN

Come, let’s go. These revelations have overwhelmed her.
Exeunt DON PEDRO, DON JOHN, and CLAUDIO
DON PEDRO DON JOHN, and CLAUDIO exit.