What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?
"What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?"
In this opening scene, we meet Beatrice and Benedick, one of two
sets of lovers who are the focus of this romantic comedy. Some of
the play's wittiest dialogue is exchanged between these two, both
of whom claim to dislike each other as well as the state of
wedlock. Of course, they are perfectly suited for each other and
will end up falling in love, but only after an elaborate ruse
brings them together. In this scene, Benedick has just entered,
speaking with others; Beatrice begins the round of insults by
asking him why is he talking since no one is listening to him. He
responds "Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?" and she replies by
asking how could such disdain die when Benedict is there to feed