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BORACHIO

And that is Claudio. I know him by his bearing.

BORACHIO

That’s Claudio. I can tell by the way he carries himself.

DON JOHN

(to CLAUDIO) Are not you Signor Benedick?

DON JOHN

(to CLAUDIO) Aren’t you Signior Benedick?

CLAUDIO

You know me well. I am he.

CLAUDIO

You know me too well. I am Benedick.

DON JOHN

Signor, you are very near my brother in his love. He is
135enamored on Hero. I pray you, dissuade him from her. She
is no equal for his birth. You may do the part of an honest
man in it.

DON JOHN

Sir, my brother is very fond of you. He is in love with Hero. Please make him change his mind. She doesn’t have the proper rank to marry the Prince. You would be doing a good service.

CLAUDIO

How know you he loves her?

CLAUDIO

How do you know he loves her?

DON JOHN

I heard him swear his affection.

DON JOHN

I heard him swear he did.

BORACHIO

140So did I too, and he swore he would marry her tonight.

BORACHIO

I did too, and he also swore he would marry her tonight.

DON JOHN

Come, let us to the banquet.

DON JOHN

Come on, let’s get to the banquet.
Exeunt DON JOHN andBORACHIO
DON JOHN andBORACHIO exit.

CLAUDIO

(unmasking)
Thus answer I in the name of Benedick,
But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.
145'Tis certain so, the Prince woos for himself.
Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.
Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues.
Let every eye nogetiate for itself
150And trust no agent, for beauty is a witch
Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.
This is an accident of hourly proof,
Which I mistrusted not. Farewell, therefore, Hero.

CLAUDIO

(taking off his mask)
Though I said my name was Benedick, I heard this news with Claudio’s ears. Of course the Prince wants Hero for himself. Friendship is enduring except when love is involved. Therefore, all lovers should speak for themselves. They should look for themselves, without asking someone else to get involved in their affairs. Beauty is a witch whose spells can turn loyalty into passion. This happens a lot, but it didn’t occur to me that it would happen to me. Goodbye then, Hero.
Enter BENEDICK
BENEDICK enters.