Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer salvation, body and soul. Nay, that were a punishment too good for them, if they should have any allegiance in them, being chosen for the prince's watch. Well, give them their charge, neighbour Dogberry. First, who think you the most desertless man to be constable? First Watchman.
True, and they are to meddle with none but the prince's subjects. Masters, it is proved already that you are little better than false knaves; and it will go near to be Anal toy euro so shortly. Claudio seems already convinced by Don John's artful turns of phrase-such "mischief strangely thwarting" needs little impetus to become buried in Claudio's brain III. Welcome back. Marry, that he had received a thousand ducats of Don John for accusing the Lady Hero wrongfully. Well said, i' faith, neighbour Verges: well, God's a good man; an two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind. For the next eighty-seven lines, he misuses the words eftest, burglery, redemption, I am an ass shakespeare opinion'd, to name a few, and also manages to assert that Verges and himself are indeed the malefactors. Come you hither, sirrah; a word in your ear: sir, I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves. PDF downloads of all LitCharts literature guides, and of every new one we publish. Dec 13, AM.
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Sexton What else? Why, then are you no maiden. Is this face Hero's? Sweet Prince, let me go no farther to mine answer Sweet prince, let me go no farther to mine answer: do you hear me, and let this count kill me. Thus, pretty lady, I am sorry for thy much misgovernment. How answer you for yourselves? I am a wise fellow, and, which is more, an officer, and, which is more, a householder, sm, which is more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in Messina, and one that knows the law, go to; and a rich fellow enough, go to; and a fellow that hath had losses, and one that hath two gowns and every thing handsome about him. Prince John is this Pregnant pressure labor secretly ehakespeare away; Hero was in this manner accused, in this very manner refused, and upon the grief of this suddenly died. O, she misused me past the endurance of a I am an ass shakespeare Let me but move one question to your daughter; And, by that fatherly and kindly power That you have in her, bid her answer truly. First Watchman And that Count Claudio did mean, upon his words, to disgrace Hero before I am an ass shakespeare whole assembly. What should I speak?
It would be all to easy to dismiss the character of Dogberry in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as so much comedic nonsense, as just another excuse for a few laughs in a play that seems to grow darker and darker as it rolls on towards the final act.
- Sexton Which be the malefactors?
- Prose Much Ado About Nothing.
- Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs rot?
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Who can blot that name With any just reproach? I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long against marriage: but doth not the appetite alter? She told me, not thinking I had been myself, that I was the prince's jester, that I was duller than a great thaw; huddling jest upon jest with such impossible conveyance upon me that I stood like a man at a mark, with a whole army shooting at me. Sexton What else? What should I speak?
I am an ass shakespeare. William Shakespeare's Famous Play
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: Act 4, Scene 2
Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer salvation, body and soul. Nay, that were a punishment too good for them, if they should have any allegiance in them, being chosen for the prince's watch.
Well, give them their charge, neighbour Dogberry. First, who think you the most desertless man to be constable? First Watchman. Hugh Otecake, sir, or George Seacole; for they can write and read. Come hither, neighbour Seacole. God hath blessed you with a good name: to be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.
Second Watchman. Both which, master constable,—. You have: I knew it would be your answer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity.
You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch; therefore bear you the lantern. This is your charge: you shall comprehend all vagrom men; you are to bid any man stand, in the prince's name. Why, then, take no note of him, but let him go; and presently call the rest of the watch together and thank God you are rid of a knave.
If he will not stand when he is bidden, he is none of the prince's subjects. True, and they are to meddle with none but the prince's subjects. You shall also make no noise in the streets; for, for the watch to babble and to talk is most tolerable and not to be endured. We will rather sleep than talk: we know what belongs to a watch. Why, you speak like an ancient and most quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping should offend: only, have a care that your bills be not stolen.
Well, you are to call at all the ale-houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed. Why, then, let them alone till they are sober: if they make you not then the better answer, you may say they are not the men you took them for. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue of your office, to be no true man; and, for such kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them, why the more is for your honesty.
If we know him to be a thief, shall we not lay hands on him? Truly, by your office, you may; but I think they that touch pitch will be defiled: the most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company. You have been always called a merciful man, partner. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.
How if the nurse be asleep and will not hear us? Why, then, depart in peace, and let the child wake her with crying; for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baes will never answer a calf when he bleats.
This is the end of the charge:—you, constable, are to present the prince's own person: if you meet the prince in the night, you may stay him. Nay, by'r our lady, that I think a' cannot. Five shillings to one on't, with any man that knows the statutes, he may stay him: marry, not without the prince be willing; for, indeed, the watch ought to offend no man; and it is an offence to stay a man against his will. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night: an there be any matter of weight chances, call up me: keep your fellows' counsels and your own; and good night.
Come, neighbour. Well, masters, we hear our charge: let us go sit here upon the church-bench till two, and then all to bed. One word more, honest neighbours. I pray you watch about Signior Leonato's door; for the wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great coil to-night.
Adieu: be vigitant, I beseech you. Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with you that decerns you nearly. Brief, I pray you; for you see it is a busy time with me. Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but, in faith, honest as the skin between his brows. Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an old man and no honester than I.
Comparisons are odorous: palabras, neighbour Verges. It pleases your worship to say so, but we are the poor duke's officers; but truly, for mine own part, if I were as tedious as a king, I could find it in my heart to bestow it all of your worship. Yea, an 'twere a thousand pound more than 'tis; for I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any man in the city; and though I be but a poor man, I am glad to hear it.
Marry, sir, our watch to-night, excepting your worship's presence, ha' ta'en a couple of as arrant knaves as any in Messina. A good old man, sir; he will be talking: as they say, when the age is in, the wit is out: God help us! Well said, i' faith, neighbour Verges: well, God's a good man; an two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind. An honest soul, i' faith, sir; by my troth he is, as ever broke bread; but God is to be worshipped; all men are not alike; alas, good neighbour!
Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short of you. One word, sir: our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two aspicious persons, and we would have them this morning examined before your worship. Take their examination yourself and bring it me: I am now in great haste, as it may appear unto you. Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacole; bid him bring his pen and inkhorn to the gaol: we are now to examination these men.
We will spare for no wit, I warrant you; here's that shall drive some of them to a non-come: only get the learned writer to set down our excommunication and meet me at the gaol. But which are the offenders that are to be examined?
Yea, marry, let them come before me. What is your name, friend? I am a gentleman, sir, and my name is Conrade. Write down, master gentleman Conrade. Masters, do you serve God? Write down, that they hope they serve God: and write God first; for God defend but God should go before such villains! Masters, it is proved already that you are little better than false knaves; and it will go near to be thought so shortly. How answer you for yourselves? A marvellous witty fellow, I assure you: but I will go about with him.
Come you hither, sirrah; a word in your ear: sir, I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves. Well, stand aside. Have you writ down, that they are none?
Master constable, you go not the way to examine: you must call forth the watch that are their accusers. Yea, marry, that's the eftest way. Let the watch come forth. Masters, I charge you, in the prince's name, accuse these men. This man said, sir, that Don John, the prince's brother, was a villain. Write down Prince John a villain. Why, this is flat perjury, to call a prince's brother villain. Pray thee, fellow, peace: I do not like thy look, I promise thee.
Marry, that he had received a thousand ducats of Don John for accusing the Lady Hero wrongfully. And that Count Claudio did mean, upon his words, to disgrace Hero before the whole assembly. O villain! God's my life, where's the sexton? Come, bind them. Thou naughty varlet! Dost thou not suspect my place? O that he were here to write me down an ass! But, masters, remember that I am an ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass.
No, thou villain, thou art full of piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness. I am a wise fellow, and, which is more, an officer, and, which is more, a householder, and, which is more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in Messina, and one that knows the law, go to; and a rich fellow enough, go to; and a fellow that hath had losses, and one that hath two gowns and every thing handsome about him.
Bring him away. O that I had been writ down an ass! Come you, sir: if justice cannot tame you, she shall ne'er weigh more reasons in her balance: nay, an you be a cursing hypocrite once, you must be looked to. Don Pedro. Officers, what offence have these men done? Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.
Sweet Hero! Come, bring away the plaintiffs: by this time our sexton hath reformed Signior Leonato of the matter: and, masters, do not forget to specify, when time and place shall serve, that I am an ass. No, by my soul, she was not, Nor knew not what she did when she spoke to me, But always hath been just and virtuous In any thing that I do know by her. Moreover, sir, which indeed is not under white and black, this plaintiff here, the offender, did call me ass: I beseech you, let it be remembered in his punishment.
And also, the watch heard them talk of one Deformed: they say be wears a key in his ear and a lock hanging by it, and borrows money in God's name, the which he hath used so long and never paid that now men grow hard-hearted and will lend nothing for God's sake: pray you, examine him upon that point.
I thank thee for thy care and honest pains.