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BEATRICE

No, sure, my lord, my mother cried, but then there was a
star danced, and under that was I born.—Cousins, God
285give you joy!

BEATRICE

Actually, my lord, my mother cried when she was giving birth to me. But then a star danced in the sky, and that’s the moment I was born.—Kinsmen, I’m off.

LEONATO

Niece, will you look to those things I told you of?

LEONATO

Niece, will you take care of those things I mentioned?

BEATRICE

I cry you mercy, uncle.—By your Grace’s pardon.

BEATRICE

Oh, yes, I’m sorry, uncle.—If you’ll excuse me, your grace.
Exit
She exits.

DON PEDRO

By my troth, a pleasant-spirited lady.

DON PEDRO

I swear, she’s a very good-natured lady.

LEONATO

There’s little of the melancholy element in her, my lord. She
290is never sad but when she sleeps, and not ever sad then, for
I have heard my daughter say she hath often dreamed of
unhappiness and waked herself with laughing.

LEONATO

There’s very little about her that’s gloomy, my lord. She’s only sad when she sleeps—and not even then. Hero told me that Beatrice has often had dreams about being unhappy, and managed to wake herself from them by laughing.

DON PEDRO

She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband.

DON PEDRO

She can’t stand to hear about getting a husband.

LEONATO

Oh, by no means. She mocks all her wooers out of suit.

LEONATO

No, not at all. She mocks all her suitors so severely that they drop the suit.

DON PEDRO

295She were an excellent wife for Benedict.

DON PEDRO

She would make a good wife for Benedick.

LEONATO

O Lord, my lord, if they were but a week married, they
would talk themselves mad.

LEONATO

Oh, Lord, if they were married, they’d drive themselves crazy within a week.

DON PEDRO

County Claudio, when mean you to go to church?

DON PEDRO

Count Claudio, when do you plan to go to church and be married?

CLAUDIO

Tomorrow, my lord. Time goes on crutches till love have all
300his rites.

CLAUDIO

Tomorrow, my lord. Time will move as slowly as an old man until our love receives its proper ceremony.