Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 4

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LEONATO

Call her forth, brother. Here’s the friar ready.

LEONATO

Bring her out, brother. The friar’s ready.
Exit ANTONIO
ANTONIO exits.

DON PEDRO

40Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what’s the matter
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

DON PEDRO

Good morning, Benedick. What’s the matter? Your face looks like the month of February—full of frost, storms, and cloudiness.

CLAUDIO

I think he thinks upon the savage bull.
Tush, fear not, man. We’ll tip thy horns with gold,
45And all Europa shall rejoice at thee
As once Europa did at lusty Jove
When he would play the noble beast in love.

CLAUDIO

I think he’s nervous—he’s about to become the savage bull who got domesticated. Oh, don’t worry about it—we’ll dip your

horns

Claudio continues the jokes of Act 1, scene 1, about husbands and cuckolds’ horns.

horns
in gold and make you pretty, and you’ll delight all of Europe, just like Jove delighted Europa when he was a bull.

BENEDICK

Bull Jove, sir, had an amiable low,
And some such strange bull leapt your father’s cow
50And got a calf in that same noble feat
Much like to you, for you have just his bleat.

BENEDICK

Jove

The god Jove came to earth in the shape of a bull and carried off the woman Europa.

Jove
came to earth lowing for love. A strange bull just like him mated with one of your father’s cows and, voilà, gave birth to a calf like you—you bleat the same as him.

CLAUDIO

For this I owe you. Here comes other reck'nings.

CLAUDIO

I’ll get you for that one. But here are other matters to be dealt with.
Enter ANTONIO,HERO, BEATRICE,MARGARET, URSULA, the ladies masked
ANTONIO, HERO,BEATRICE, MARGARET,URSULA enter. The ladies wear masks.
Which is the lady I must seize upon?
Which is the lady I’m supposed to marry?

LEONATO

This same is she, and I do give you her.

LEONATO

This one, and I will give her to you.

CLAUDIO

55Why, then she’s mine.—Sweet, let me see your face.

CLAUDIO

Well, then she’s the one for me. Sweetheart, let me see your face.

LEONATO

No, that you shall not till you take her hand
Before this friar and swear to marry her.

LEONATO

No, you can’t do that until you take her hand and, in front of this friar, swear to marry her.