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ANTONIO

To tell you true, I counterfeit him.

ANTONIO

Really, I’m only pretending to be him.

URSULA

You could never do him so ill-well unless you were the very
95man. Here’s his dry hand up and down. You are he, you are
he.

URSULA

You could only imitate his imperfections so well if you were the man himself. Look, you’ve got his wrinkled hands. You are Antonio, you are he.

ANTONIO

At a word, I am not.

ANTONIO

In short, I’m not.

URSULA

Come, come, do you think I do not know you by your
excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? Go to, mum, you are
100he. Graces will appear, and there’s an end.

URSULA

Come on, do you think I can’t recognize you by your excellent wit? Can a good thing hide itself? Be quiet, you are Antonio. A man’s virtues will always show themselves, and that’s the end of that.
They move aside. BENEDICK andBEATRICE move forward.
They move aside. BENEDICK andBEATRICE move forward.

BEATRICE

Will you not tell me who told you so?

BEATRICE

Won’t you tell me who told you that?

BENEDICK

No, you shall pardon me.

BENEDICK

No, you’ll have to excuse me.

BEATRICE

Nor will you not tell me who you are?

BEATRICE

And you won’t tell me who you are?

BENEDICK

Not now.

BENEDICK

Not now.

BEATRICE

105That I was disdainful and that I had my good wit out of The
Hundred Merry Tales! Well this was Signor Benedick that
said so.

BEATRICE

Who said that I was disdainful, and that I got all my best lines out of a bad joke book?! Well, it must have been Signior Benedick.

BENEDICK

What’s he?

BENEDICK

Who’s that?

BEATRICE

I am sure you know him well enough.

BEATRICE

I’m sure you know him.

BENEDICK

110Not I, believe me.

BENEDICK

No I don’t, believe me.

BEATRICE

Did he never make you laugh?

BEATRICE

What, he never made you laugh?