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Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 2
No Fear Act 4 Scene 2 Page 3

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FIRST WATCHMAN

This man said, sir, that Don John, the Prince’s brother, was
35a villain.

FIRST WATCHMAN

This man said, sir, that Don John, the Prince’s brother, was a villain.

DOGBERRY

Write down Prince John a villain. Why, this is flat perjury,
to call a prince’s brother villain.

DOGBERRY

Write down that Prince John is a villain. Why, that’s flat-out

perjury

Dogberry probably means “treachery on “slanden.”

perjury
—to call a prince’s brother a villain.

BORACHIO

Master Constable—

BORACHIO

Master Constable—

DOGBERRY

Pray thee, fellow, peace. I do not like thy look, I promise
40thee.

DOGBERRY

Be quiet, you. I swear, I don’t like the look of you.

SEXTON

(to Watch) What heard you him say else?

SEXTON

(to the watchmen) What else did you hear him say?

SECOND WATCHMAN

Marry, that he had received a thousand ducats of Don John
for accusing the Lady Hero wrongfully.

SECOND WATCHMAN

That Don John had given him a thousand pieces of gold for wrongfully accusing the Lady Hero.

DOGBERRY

Flat burglary as ever was committed.

DOGBERRY

That’s burglary, that is.

VERGES

45Yea, by Mass, that it is.

VERGES

Yes, by God, that it is.

SEXTON

What else, fellow?

SEXTON

What else did you hear?

FIRST WATCHMAN

And that Count Claudio did mean upon his words to
disgrace Hero before the whole assembly, and not marry
her.

FIRST WATCHMAN

I heard that Count Claudio meant to disgrace Hero in front of the whole wedding party and refuse to marry her.

DOGBERRY

50 (to BORACHIO) O villain! Thou wilt be condemned into
everlasting redemption for this.

DOGBERRY

(to BORACHIO) Oh, you villain! You’ll be condemned to everlasting

redemption

“Redemption” is a mistake for “damnation.”

redemption
for this!

SEXTON

What else?

SEXTON

What else?

FIRST WATCHMAN

This is all.

FIRST WATCHMAN

That’s all.