|William Shakespeare (15641616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.|
|Much Ado about Nothing|
|Act I. Scene II.|
A Room in LEONATOS House.
Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO, meeting.
| Leon. How now, brother! Where is my cousin, your son? Hath he provided this music?|
| Ant. He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell you strange news that you yet dreamt not of.|
| Leon. Are they good?|| 5|
| Ant. 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 my orchard, were thus much overheard by a man of mine: the prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my niece your 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.|
| Leon. Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?|
| Ant. A good sharp fellow: I will send for him; and question him yourself.|
| Leon. 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 this be true. Go you, and tell her of it. [Several persons cross the stage.] Cousins, 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.|