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  • Title: Much Ado About Nothing (Quarto 1, 1600)
  • Editor: Gretchen Minton
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-516-2

    Copyright Gretchen Minton. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Gretchen Minton
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    Much Ado About Nothing (Quarto 1, 1600)

    Much adoe about
    Enter Leonato gouernour of Messina, Innogen his wife, Hero
    his daughter, and Beatrice his neece, with a

    5I Learne in this letter, that don Peter of Arragon
    comes this night to Messina.
    Mess. He is very neare by this, he was not three
    leagues off when I left him.
    Leona. How many gentlemen haue you lost in this action?
    Mess. But few of any sort, and none of name.
    Leona. A victory is twice it selfe, when the atchiuer brings
    home ful numbers: I find here, that don Peter hath bestowed
    much honour on a yong Florentine called Claudio.
    Mess. Much deseru'd on his part, and equally remembred
    by don Pedro, he hath borne himselfe beyond the promise of
    his age, doing in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion, he hath
    indeed better bettred expectation then you must expect of me
    20to tell you how.
    Leo. He hath an vnckle here in Messina will be very much
    glad of it.
    Mess. I haue already deliuered him letters, and there ap-
    peares much ioy in him, euen so much, that ioy could not shew
    25itselfe modest enough, without a badge of bitternesse.
    Leo. Did he breake out into teares?
    Mess. In great measure.