Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Scene II


[A Room in Leonato's House]

Enter Leonato and [Antonio] brother to Leonato.

LEONATO:
How now, brother? Where is my cousin, your son?
Hath he provided this music?
ANTONIO:
He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell you
strange news that you yet dreamt not of.
LEONATO:
Are they good?(5)
ANTONIO:
As the event stamps them; but they have a good
cover, they show well outward. The prince and Count
Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached alley in mine
orchard, were thus much overheard by a man of mine; the
prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my niece your(10)
daughter and meant to acknowledge it this night in a
dance, and if he found her accordant, he meant to take
the present time by the top and instantly break with you
of it.
LEONATO:
Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?(15)
ANTONIO:
A good sharp fellow. I will send for him, and question
him yourself.
LEONATO:
No, no. We will hold it as a dream till it appear
itself; but I will acquaint my daughter withal, that she
may be the better prepared for an answer, if peradventure(20)
this be true. Go you and tell her of it.
Cousin, you know what you have to do. —
O, I cry you mercy, friend. Go you with me, and I will use
your skill.—Good cousin, have a care this busy time.

[Exeunt.]