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HERO

Why, then, your visor should be thatched.

HERO

Well, then, since Philemon’s roof was thatched with straw, your mask should have a beard.

DON PEDRO

Speak low if you speak love.

DON PEDRO

If you wish to speak of love, speak more softly.
They move aside. BALTHASAR andMARGARET move forward
They move aside. BALTHASAR andMARGARET move forward.

BALTHASAR

80Well, I would you did like me.

BALTHASAR

Well, I wish you liked me.

MARGARET

So would not I for your own sake, for I have many ill qualities.

MARGARET

I’m glad I don’t, for your sake. I have many awful qualities.

BALTHASAR

Which is one?

BALTHASAR

Tell me one.

MARGARET

I say my prayers aloud.

MARGARET

I say my prayers out loud.

BALTHASAR

I love you the better; the hearers may cry “Amen.”

BALTHASAR

That makes me love you even more. Everyone who hears you can shout, “Amen.”

MARGARET

85God match me with a good dancer!

MARGARET

God give me a good dance partner!

BALTHASAR

Amen.

BALTHASAR

Amen. That would be me.

MARGARET

And God keep him out of my sight when the dance is done!
Answer, clerk.

MARGARET

And God take him away from me when we’re finished dancing! Go ahead—say “Amen.”

BALTHASAR

No more words. The clerk is answered.

BALTHASAR

No more talking. I’ve got my answer.
They move aside. URSULA andANTONIO move forward.
They move aside. URSULA andANTONIO move forward.

URSULA

90I know you well enough. You are Signor Antonio.

URSULA

I know who you are; you are Signior Antonio.

ANTONIO

At a word, I am not.

ANTONIO

No, really, I’m not.

URSULA

I know you by the waggling of your head.

URSULA

I can tell by the way you waggle your head.