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Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 1 Scene 3
No Fear Act 1 Scene 3 Page 2

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DON JOHN

I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace,
and it better fits my blood to be disdained of all than to
fashion a carriage to rob love from any. In this, though I
cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be
25denied but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with a
muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I have
decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my mouth, I would
bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my liking. In the
meantime, let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.

DON JOHN

I’d rather be a weed in a hedge than a rose in my brother’s garden. It suits me more to be hated by everyone than to put on a fancy show and trick people into loving me. Though I am not a flattering, righteous man, at least you can say that I am honest about being a villain. My brother trusts me now? Yeah—as much as a master trusts the dog he muzzles or the peasant he “frees” by chaining a big block around the man’s foot. If my mouth were unrestrained, I’d bite. If I were free, I’d do what I pleased. Until that happens, let me be who I am and don’t try to change me.

CONRAD

30Can you make no use of your discontent?

CONRAD

Can’t you somehow use your dissatisfaction to your own advantage?

DON JOHN

I make all use of it, for I use it only. Who comes here?

DON JOHN

I use it all the time, since it’s all that I have. Who’s that?
Enter BORACHIO
BORACHIO enters.
What news, Borachio?
What’s going on, Borachio?

BORACHIO

I came yonder from a great supper. The Prince your
brother
35is royally entertained by Leonato, and I can give you
intelligence of an intended marriage.

BORACHIO

I just came from a great feast where Leonato is entertaining the Prince, your brother. I can give you information about an intended marriage.

DON JOHN

Will it serve for any model to build mischief on? What is he
for a fool that betroths himself to unquietness?

DON JOHN

Will this give me an opportunity to make some mischief? Who is this fool who wants all the fuss of marriage?

BORACHIO

Marry, it is your brother’s right hand.

BORACHIO

Your brother’s right-hand man.

DON JOHN

40Who? The most exquisite Claudio?

DON JOHN

Who? That pretty boy, Claudio?

BORACHIO

Even he.

BORACHIO

That’s the one.