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BEATRICE

Speak, cousin, or if you cannot, stop his mouth with a kiss
and let not him speak neither.

BEATRICE

Say something, cousin. Or, if you can’t say anything, stop his mouth with a kiss and don’t let him speak, either.

DON PEDRO

In faith, lady, you have a merry heart.

DON PEDRO

Truly, lady, you have a merry heart.

BEATRICE

265Yea, my lord. I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on the windy side
of care. My cousin tells him in his ear that he is in her heart.

BEATRICE

Yes, my lord. I thank my heart—the poor fool—for it keeps away from seriousness. Look, my cousin is whispering to Claudio that she loves him.

CLAUDIO

And so she doth, cousin.

CLAUDIO

Why, you’re absolutely right, cousin.

BEATRICE

Good Lord for alliance! Thus goes everyone to the world
but I, and I am sunburnt. I may sit in a corner and cry,
270“Heigh-ho for a husband!”

BEATRICE

Thank the lord for alliances! So everyone goes off into the world except me, who stays in because I’m sunburned. I should sit in the corner and sing that song, “Heigh-Ho for a Husband!”

DON PEDRO

Lady Beatrice, I will get you one.

DON PEDRO

Lady Beatrice, I’ll get you a husband.

BEATRICE

I would rather have one of your father’s getting. Hath your
grace ne'er a brother like you? Your father got excellent
husbands, if a maid could come by them.

BEATRICE

I’d rather get a husband from your father. Don’t you have any brothers like you? Your father’s sons would make excellent husbands, if only a girl could catch one for herself.

DON PEDRO

275Will you have me, lady?

DON PEDRO

Will you take me, my lady?

BEATRICE

No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days.
Your Grace is too costly to wear every day. But I beseech
your Grace pardon me. I was born to speak all mirth and no
matter.

BEATRICE

No, my lord, unless I could have another husband for the work week. You are too expensive to wear every day. But please, forgive me, your highness. I was born to speak cleverly, not seriously.

DON PEDRO

280Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best
becomes you, for out o' question you were born in a merry
hour.

DON PEDRO

I’d be more offended if you were silent, for being lively and cheerful suits you best. Surely, you must have been born at a happy time.