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ANTONIO

(to HERO)Well, niece, I trust you will be ruled by your
father.

ANTONIO

(to HERO) Well, niece, I trust that you will defer to your father on these important decisions.

BEATRICE

Yes, faith, it is my cousin’s duty to make curtsy and say,
45“Father, as it please you.” But yet for all that, cousin, let
him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and
say, “Father, as it please me.”

BEATRICE

Surely, my cousin has a duty to please her father. But if the husband her father chooses isn’t handsome, she should sweetly tell her father that she will please herself—with another one.

LEONATO

Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.

LEONATO

Well, niece, I hope that I will see you married one day.

BEATRICE

Not till God make men of some other metal than earth.
50Would it not grieve a woman to be overmastered with a
piece of valiant dust? To make an account of her life to a clod
of wayward marl? No, uncle, I’ll none. Adam’s sons are my
brethren, and truly I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.

BEATRICE

No, I won’t take a husband until they make men out of something other than dirt. What woman wouldn’t be distressed, being lorded over by a handful of dust? Can you imagine being hitched to a lump of clay? No, uncle, I won’t be married. And anyhow, if

Adam

Adam, the biblical father of mankind, is said to be made from “the dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7).

Adam
is the father of all mankind, then his sons are my brothers, and really I believe that incest is a sin.

LEONATO

(to HERO) Daughter, remember what I told you. If the
55Prince do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer.

LEONATO

(to HERO) Daughter, remember what I told you. If the Prince asks for your hand in marriage, you know what to tell him.

BEATRICE

The fault will be in the music, cousin, if you be not wooed
in good time. If the Prince be too important, tell him there
is measure in everything, and so dance out the answer. For
hear me, Hero, wooing, wedding, and repenting is as a
60Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinquepace. The first suit is hot
and hasty like a Scotch jig, and full as fantastical; the
wedding, mannerly modest as a measure, full of state and
ancientry; and then comes repentance, and with his bad
legs falls into the cinquepace faster and faster till he sink
65into his grave.

BEATRICE

But cousin, make sure he woos you properly and appropriately. If he is too insistent, tell him that romance is like a dance: it has its own rhythm and timing. Look, the three stages of romance are like three different dances. The wooing is like a Scottish jig: hot and fast and full of whimsy and illusion. The wedding is a like a dance you would do before the King: proper and decorous. Finally, you get to the part where you regret having gotten married in the first place. It is like the lively

cinquepace

Cinquepace is an energetic five-step dance.

cinquepace
: it goes faster and faster until you eventually topple over and die.