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Much Ado About Nothing

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

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MESSENGER

I have already delivered him letters, and there appears
much joy in him—even so much that joy could not show
itself modest enough without a badge of bitterness.

MESSENGER

I have delivered some letters to his uncle, and he seemed very happy. He got so emotional that he actually looked like he was in pain.

LEONATO

20Did he break out into tears?

LEONATO

Did he start weeping?

MESSENGER

In great measure.

MESSENGER

Yes, heavily.

LEONATO

A kind overflow of kindness. There are no faces truer than
those that are so washed. How much better is it to weep at
joy than to joy at weeping!

LEONATO

That’s a very natural display of affection. There’s no face more sincere than one washed in tears. And it’s definitely better to cry because you’re happy than laugh because you’re sad!

BEATRICE

25I pray you, is Signor Montanto returned from the wars or
no?

BEATRICE

MESSENGER

I know none of that name, lady. There was none such in the
army of any sort.

MESSENGER

I don’t know anyone with that name, ma'am. There was no Signior Montanto in our army.

LEONATO

What is he that you ask for, niece?

LEONATO

Who are you talking about, niece?

HERO

30My cousin means Signor Benedick of Padua.

HERO

My cousin means Signior Benedick of Padua.

MESSENGER

Oh, he’s returned, and as pleasant as ever he was.

MESSENGER

Oh, yes, Benedick has returned and is as cheerful as ever.

BEATRICE

He set up his bills here in Messina and challenged Cupid at
the flight, and my uncle’s Fool, reading the challenge,
subscribed for Cupid and challenged him at the bird-bolt.
35I pray you, how many hath he killed and eaten in these
wars? But how many hath he killed? For indeed I promised
to eat all of his killing.

BEATRICE

Benedick

The exact meaning of this story is unclear, but it depicts Benedick as a braggart and a fool.

Benedick
once put up a public notice in Messina challenging Cupid to an archery match. My uncle’s jester accepted the contest on Cupid’s behalf but used toy arrows at the shooting match. But tell me, how many men did he kill and eat in this battle? I promised him I would eat anyone he killed.