Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 1
No Fear Act 4 Scene 1 Page 12

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BENEDICK

By my sword, Beatrice, thou lovest me.

BENEDICK

By my sword, Beatrice, you love me.

BEATRICE

Do not swear, and eat it.

BEATRICE

BENEDICK

I will swear by it that you love me, and I will make him eat
it that says I love not you.

BENEDICK

I’ll swear by my

sword

…but Benedick takes it to mean “eat your sword.”

sword
that you love me, too, and I’ll make any man who says that I don’t love you eat it.

BEATRICE

275Will you not eat your word?

BEATRICE

But you won’t eat your words?

BENEDICK

With no sauce that can be devised to it. I protest I love thee.

BENEDICK

Not with any sauce they could provide for them. I swear, I love you.

BEATRICE

Why then, God forgive me.

BEATRICE

Well then, God forgive me!

BENEDICK

What offense, sweet Beatrice?

BENEDICK

Why, what have you done, sweet Beatrice?

BEATRICE

You have stayed me in a happy hour. I was about to protest
280I loved you.

BEATRICE

You got to me first. I was about to swear that I loved you.

BENEDICK

And do it with all thy heart.

BENEDICK

Then do so, with all your heart.

BEATRICE

I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to
protest.

BEATRICE

I love you with so much of my heart that none of it is left to protest with.

BENEDICK

Come, bid me do anything for thee.

BENEDICK

Come, ask me to do anything for you.

BEATRICE

285Kill Claudio.

BEATRICE

Kill Claudio.

BENEDICK

Ha! Not for the wide world.

BENEDICK

Ha! I wouldn’t do that for the whole wide world.

BEATRICE

You kill me to deny it. Farewell.

BEATRICE

Then, rejecting my request, you kill me, instead. Goodbye.
BEATRICE begins to exit
BEATRICE begins to exit.