And a good soldier to a lady; but what is he to a lord? A lord to a lord, a man to a man, stuffed with all honourable virtues. It is so, indeed; he is no less than a stuffed man; but for the stuffing,—well, we are all mortal. In our last conflict four of his five wits went halting off, Edition: current; Page: [ ] and now is the whole man governed with one!
Who is his companion now? He hath every month a new sworn brother. Very easily possible: he wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books. No; an he were, I would burn my study. But, I pray you, who is his companion? Is there no young squarer now that will make a voyage with him to the devil? O Lord! God help the noble Claudio! No, not till a hot January. Good Signior Leonato, you are come to meet your trouble: the fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it. Never came trouble to my house in the likeness of your Grace, for trouble being gone, comfort should remain; but when you depart from me, sorrow abides and happiness takes his leave.
You embrace your charge too willingly. I think this is your daughter. Her mother hath many times told me so. Signior Benedick, no; for then you were a child. You have it full, Benedick: we may guess by this what you are, being a man. Truly, the lady fathers herself. Be happy, lady, for you are like an honourable father. If Signior Leonato be her father, she would not have his head on her shoulders for all Messina, as like him as she is. I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick: nobody marks you.
Is it possible Disdain should die while she hath such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come in her presence. Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted; and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none. A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor.
I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. God keep your ladyship still in that mind; so some gentleman or other shall scape a predestinate scratched face. I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and so good a continuer. I tell him we shall stay here at the least a month, and he heartily prays some occasion may detain us longer: I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart.
If you swear, my lord, you shall not be forsworn. I thank you: I am not of many words, but I thank you. Is she not a modest young lady? Do you question me, as an honest man should do, for my simple true judgment; or Edition: current; Page: [ ] would you have me speak after my custom, as being a professed tyrant to their sex? Thou thinkest I am in sport: I pray thee tell me truly how thou likest her.
Would you buy her, that you inquire after her? Yea, and a case to put it into. But speak you this with a sad brow, or do you play the flouting Jack, to tell us Cupid is a good hare-finder, and Vulcan a rare carpenter? Come, in what key shall a man take you, to go in the song? In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on. But I hope you have no intent to turn husband, have you? I would scarce trust myself, though I had sworn to the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. Hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion? Shall I never see a bachelor of three-score again?
Don Pedro is returned to seek you. Re-enter Don Pedro. I would your Grace would constrain me to tell. You hear, Count Claudio: I can be secret as a dumb man; I would have you think so; but on my allegiance, mark you this, on my allegiance: he is in love. With who? If my passion change not shortly, God forbid it should be otherwise. Amen, if you love her; for the lady is very well worthy.
And by my two faiths and troths, my lord, I spoke mine. That I neither feel how she should be loved nor know how she should be worthy, is the opinion that fire cannot melt out of me: I will die in it at the stake. Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the despite of beauty. And never could maintain his part but in the force of his will. That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks: but that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me.
Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none; and the fine is,—for the which I may go the finer,—I will live a bachelor. Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument. If I do, hang me in a bottle like a cat and shoot at me; and he that hits me, let him be clapped on the shoulder, and called Adam. Well, as time shall try: Craig If this should ever happen, thou wouldst be horn-mad.
Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly. Well, you will temporize with the hours. I have almost matter enough in me for such an embassage; and so I commit you—. To the tuition of God: from my house, if I had it,— Craig Nay, mock not, mock not. The body of your discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and the guards are but slightly basted on neither: ere you flout old ends any further, examine your conscience: and so I leave you.
My liege, your highness now may do me good. Hath Leonato any son, my lord? Have left their places vacant, in their rooms Craig And tire the hearer with a book of words. And I will break with her, and with her father,. And thou shalt have her. But lest my liking might too sudden seem, Craig And I will fit thee with the remedy. And tell fair Hero I am Claudio; Craig And take her hearing prisoner with the force.
Then, after to her father will I break; Craig Enter Leonato and Antonio, meeting. How now, brother! Where is my cousin, your son? Hath he provided this music? He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell you strange news that you yet dreaint not of. 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.
A good sharp fellow: I will send for him; and question him yourself. 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. I cry you mercy, friend; go you with me, and I will use your skill. Good cousin, have a care this busy time. Enter Don John and Conrade. What the good-year, my lord! There is no measure in the occasion that breeds; therefore the sadness is without limit.
Craig 5. And when I have heard it, what blessing brings it? Craig 8. Yea; but you must not make the full show of this till you may do it without controlment. I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood to be disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage.
If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my liking: in the meantime, let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. Enter Borachio. What news, Borachio? I came yonder from a great supper: the prince, your brother, is royally entertained by Leonato; and I can give you intelligence of an intended marriage. Will it serve for any model to build mischief on? What is he for a fool that betroths himself to unquietness? Marry, on Hero, the daughter and heir of Leonato.
Being entertained for a perfumer, as I was smoking a musty room, comes me the prince and Claudio, hand in hand, in sad conference: I whipt me behind the arras, and there heard it agreed upon that the prince should woo Hero for himself, and having obtained her, give her to Count Claudio. Come, come; let us thither: this may prove food to my displeasure. That young start-up hath all the glory of my overthrow: if I can cross him any way, I bless myself every way.
You are both sure, and will assist me? To the death, my lord. Let us to the great supper: their cheer is the greater that I am subdued. Would the cook were of my mind! How tartly that gentleman looks! I never can see him but I am heart-burned an hour after. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue. So, by being too curst, God will send you no horns?
Just, if he send me no husband; for the which blessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and evening. I could not endure a husband with a beard on his face: I had rather lie in the woollen. What should I do with him? He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man; and he that is more than a youth is not for me; and he that is less than a man, I am not for him: therefore I will even take sixpence in Edition: current; Page: [ ] earnest of the bear-ward, and lead his apes into hell.
Not till God make men of some other metal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be over-mastered with a piece of valiant dust? Daughter, remember what I told you: if the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer. The fault will be in the music, cousin, if you be not wooed in good time: if the prince be too important, tell him there is measure in everything, and so dance out the answer.
For, hear me, Hero: wooing, wedding, and repenting, is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinque-pace: the first suit is hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig, and full as fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a measure, full of state and ancientry; and then comes Repentance, and, with his bad legs, falls into the cinque-pace faster and faster, till he sink into his grave. The revellers are entering, brother: make good room.
So you walk softly and look sweetly and say nothing, I am yours for the walk; and especially when I walk away. I may say so, when I please. When I like your favour; for God defend the lute should be like the case! Speak low, if you speak love. So would not I, for your own sake; for I have many ill qualities. And God keep him out of my sight when the dance is done! Answer, clerk. No more words: the clerk is answered. At a word, I am not. You could never do him so ill-well, unless you were the very man.
Come, come; do you think I do not know you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide itself? Not I, believe me. I am sure he is in the fleet: I would he had boarded me! In every good thing. Nay, if they lead to any ill, I will leave them at the next turning. Then exeunt all but Don John, Borachio, and Claudio.
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Sure my brother is amorous on Hero, and hath withdrawn her father to break with him about it. The ladies follow her and but one visor remains. And that is Claudio: I know him by his bearing. Signior, you are very near my brother in his love: he is enamoured on Hero; I pray you, dissuade him from her; she is no equal for his birth: you may do the part of an honest man in it. How know you he loves her? Come, let us to the banquet. But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio. Friendship is constant in all other things Craig Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues;.
And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch Craig Against whose charms faith melteth into blood. Which I mistrusted not. Farewell, therefore, Hero! Re-enter Benedick. Even to the next willow, about your own business, count. What fashion will you wear the garland of? You must wear it one way, for the prince hath got your Hero.
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But did you think the prince would have served you thus? Now will he creep into sedges. But, that my lady Beatrice should know me, and not know me! Yea, but so I am apt to do myself wrong; I am not so reputed: it is the base though bitter disposition of Beatrice that puts the world into her person, and so gives me out.
Troth, my lord, I have played the part of Lady Fame. I found him here as melancholy as a lodge in a warren. I told him, and I think I told him true, that your Grace had got the good will of this young lady; and I offered him my company to a willow tree, either to make him a garland, as being forsaken, or to bind him up a rod, as being worthy to be whipped. Wilt thou make a trust a transgression? The transgression is in the stealer. If their singing answer your saying, by my faith, you say honestly. The Lady Beatrice hath a quarrel to you: the gentleman that danced with her told her she is much wronged by you.
She speaks poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect to the north star. I would not marry her, though she were endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed: she would have made Hercules have turned spit, yea, and have cleft his club to make the fire too. Come, talk not of her; you shall find her the infernal Ate in good apparel. I would to God some scholar would conjure her, for certainly, while she is here, a man may live as quiet in hell as in a sanctuary; and people sin upon purpose because they would go thither; so, indeed, all disquiet, horror and perturbation follow her.
Re-enter Claudio, Beatrice, Hero, and Leonato. You have no employment for me? Come, lady, come; you have lost the heart of Signior Benedick. Indeed, my lord, he lent it me awhile; and I gave him use for it, a double heart for a single one: marry, once before he won it of me with false dice, therefore your Grace may well say I have lost it. So I would not he should do me, my lord, lest I should prove the mother of fools. I have brought Count Claudio, whom you sent me to seek.
Neither, my lord. The count is neither sad, nor sick, nor merry, nor well; but civil count, civil as an orange, and something of that jealous complexion. Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and fair Hero is won; I have broke with her father, and, his good will obtained; name the day of marriage, and God give thee joy! Count, take of me my daughter, and with her my fortunes: his Grace hath made the match, and all grace say Amen to it!
Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much. Lady, as you are mine, I am yours: I give away myself for you and dote upon the exchange. Speak, cousin; or, if you cannot, stop his mouth with a kiss, and let not him speak neither.
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Yea, my lord; I thank it, poor fool, it keeps on the windy side of care. My cousin tells him in his ear that he is in her heart. Good Lord, for alliance! Thus goes every one to the world but I, and I am sunburnt. I may sit in a corner and cry heigh-ho for a husband! Your father got excellent husbands, if a maid could come by them. No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days: your Grace is too costly to wear every day.
But, I beseech your Grace, pardon me; I was born to speak all mirth and no matter. Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you; for, out of question, you were born in a merry hour. No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there was a star danced, and under that was I born. Cousins, God give you joy! By my troth, a pleasant-spirited lady. She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband. She were an excellent wife for Benedick. Count Claudio, when mean you to go to church? To-morrow, my lord. Time goes on crutches till love have all his rites. Not till Monday, my dear son, which is hence a just seven-night; and a time too brief too, to have all things answer my mind.
Come, you shake the head at so long a breathing; but, I warrant thee, Claudio, the time shall not go dully by us. I would fain have it a match; and I doubt not but to fashion it, if you three will but minister such assistance as I shall give you direction. And you too, gentle Hero? I will do any modest office, my lord, to help my cousin to a good husband. And Benedick is not the unhopefullest husband that I know.
Thus far can I praise him; he is of a noble strain, of approved valour, and confirmed honesty. I will teach you how to humour your cousin, that she shall fall in love with Benedick; and I, with your two helps, will so practise on Benedick that, in despite of his quick wit and his queasy stomach, he shall fall in love with Beatrice. If we can do this, Cupid is no longer an archer: his glory shall be ours, for we are the only love-gods. Go in with me, and I will tell you my drift. Enter Don John and Borachio. It is so; the Count Claudio shall marry the daughter of Leonato. Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be medicinable to me: I am sick in displeasure to him, and whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine.
How canst thou cross this marriage? Not honestly, my lord; but so covertly that no dishonesty shall appear in me. I think I told your lordship, a year since, how much I am in the favour of Margaret, the waiting-gentlewoman to Hero. What life is in that, to be the death of this marriage? The poison of that lies in you to temper. Go you to the prince your brother; spare not to tell him, that he hath wronged his honour in marrying the renowned Claudio,—whose estimation do you mightily hold up,—to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.
Proof enough to misuse the prince, to vex Claudio, to undo Hero, and kill Leonato. Only to despite them, I will endeavour any thing. Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put it in practice. Be cunning in the working this, and thy fee is a thousand ducats. Be you constant in the accusation, and my cunning shall not shame me. Enter Benedick. Enter a Boy. In my chamber-window lies a book; bring it hither to me in the orchard. I know that; but I would have thee hence, and here again. I have known, when there was no music with him but the drum and the fife; and now had he rather hear the tabor and the pipe: I have known, when he would have walked ten mile afoot to see a good armour; and now will he lie ten nights awake, carving the fashion of a new doublet.
He was wont to speak plain and to the purpose, like an honest man and a soldier; and now is he turned orthographer; his words are a very fantastical banquet, just so many strange dishes. May I be so converted, and see with these eyes? One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace.
I will hide me in the arbour. Come, shall we hear this music? To slander music any more than once. To put a strange face on his own perfection. Since many a wooer doth commence his suit Craig Or if thou wilt hold longer argument, Craig Now, divine air! And an ill singer, my lord. I had as lief have heard the night-raven, come what plague could have come after it. Yea, marry; dost thou hear, Balthazar?
The best I can, my lord. Do so: farewell. I did never think that lady would have loved any man. No, nor I neither; but most wonderful that she should so dote on Signior Benedick, whom she hath in all outward behaviours seemed ever to abhor. Sits the wind in that corner? By my troth, my lord, I cannot tell what to think of it but that she loves him with an enraged affection: it is past the infinite of thought. O God! There was never counterfeit of passion came so near the life of passion as she discovers it.
Why, what effects of passion shows she? What effects, my lord? She will sit you; [ To Claudio. How, how, I pray you? You amaze me: I would have thought her spirit had been invincible against all assaults of affection. I would have sworn it had, my lord; especially against Benedick. Now you talk of a sheet of paper, I remember a pretty jest your daughter told us of.
God give me patience! She doth indeed; my daughter says so; and the ecstasy hath so much overborne her, that my daughter is sometimes afeard she will do a desperate outrage to herself. It is very true. It were good that Benedick knew of it by some other, if she will not discover it.
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To what end? An he should, it were an alms to hang him. In everything but in loving Benedick. I am sorry for her, as I have just cause, being her uncle and her guardian. I would she had bestowed this dotage on me; I would have daffed all other respects and made her half myself. Hero thinks surely she will die; for she says she will die if he love her not, and she will die ere she make her love known, and she will die if he woo her, rather than she will bate one breath of her accustomed crossness.
He doth indeed show some sparks that are like wit. As Hector, I assure you: and in the managing of quarrels you may say he is wise; for either he avoids them with great discretion, or undertakes them with a most Christian-like fear. And so will he do; for the man doth fear God, howsoever it seems not in him by some large jests he will make. Well, I am sorry for your niece. Shall we go seek Benedick, and tell him of her love?
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More filters. Sort order. My Review: The first published review of the new year, sorry it's been so long! I haven't had any internet at home and it's really hard to write reviews on my phone when I'm sitting at the library, so I just haven't been doing it. Thanks for staying with me. Onto the review! I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and that's exactly what I'll do. Although I technically read this book before the new year, I'm just getting around to writing the review for it. I'm trying to remember as much as I can, I swear.
Basically this book is shakespearian fan fiction. You can call it anything you want, but that's what it is. Not saying that's a bad thing. I'm not sure about the original play, but this book was set in todays world, in a high school. It's full of the ridiculous drama you find in actual high schools, and although it's more realistic, I'm not sure I liked it. Although I got what the story was about, I didn't understand why the characters were acting the way they were.
I didn't like that. Sometimes they just acted out and I wasn't sure why, it didn't make sense to me. I like that the plays are put into words that I can actually understand, but the story didn't keep my attention. It took me a long time to get through this short book, and once I actually finished it, I was thinking, why did I take so long to read this, and Im not sure I want to read the other ones if they're all going to be like this.
On the other hand, the other plays are differend, so that must mean the other re writes are different, right? It's a good idea, these books, but they just weren't for me. Check them out and see what you think. Thanks for reading, sorry it's such a short review. Nov 23, Mandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: love-it , love-the-cover , first-in-series , fiction , favorites , favorite-authors , favorite-series , read , read2review , rd-reviews.
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The story revolves around two couple and a few of their friends. Clark is in love with Heaven and after a long summer apart asks her father to date his daughter. Than we have my personal favorite Beatriz and Bennett they used to I received Much Ado About Nothing in return for an honest review from the author.
Than we have my personal favorite Beatriz and Bennett they used to be a couple but something happened and now they spar back and forth verbally with each other. Will they be able to get Beatriz and Bennett together? I love Beatriz and Bennett they are always going to be my favorite. I love the way they spar together verbally and deep down still care about each other. Heaven and Clark frustrated me but the original ones did too. When I was offered the chance to read C. So when she offered me her newest series a modern day Shakespeare I was thrilled to learn she had chosen my favorite as her first book.
I had big expectations for her book, which she exceeded by leaps and bounds. The author has done a fantastic job of re-inventing the characters into those we can all connect with. The author has added her own unique twists creating a captivating story that I had a hard time putting down. I actually read the book in one sitting losing all track of time. Jan 30, Kristen Cansler rated it it was amazing Shelves: blog-review , r2r. I can honestly say I was surprised by this book. Undertaking the task of retelling Shakespeare is a overwhelming task, but C.
Wilson handles it well. She is able to weave the feel of the original story into her own modern world, and the result is something perfect for today's young adult reader. It may throw off someone who has never read a line of Shakespeare, but it serves it' I can honestly say I was surprised by this book. It may throw off someone who has never read a line of Shakespeare, but it serves it's purpose to gradually introduce the reader to the style of Shakespeare.
There are new additions to the story that make it stand out. The characters are on point. My favorite couple of Bennett and Bea shine with their frustrating back and forth. The banter between them showcases the best of C.
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The characters are vivid as you read, and it's easy to root for them or glare at the pages. There were several times that I wanted to reach out and smack some sense into Leo and Clark. It's no secret that I love Shakespeare's work.
I promptly drove two hours to the nearest one to pick up a copy. Wilson does a wonderful job at retelling this play in a modern setting. She flawlessly transitions it into a novel suited for readers that have trouble with the antiquated style of Shakespeare. If you love Shakespeare already or you find yourself struggling to read through his works, I would definitely recommend Much Ado About Nothing. It's the perfect introduction to the world of Shakespeare told with Wilson's own flare. My thanks to C. Nov 08, Aneta Bak rated it really liked it.
This story is a retelling of a classic written by Shakespeare himself. It is absolutely perfect for young adults. Wilson turned a classic into a beautiful current time story. Clark and Heaven have always admired each other. As senior year comes around, Clark decides its time for him to man up and ask out Heaven. When he finds out that Heaven feels the same way, things couldn't get any better for these two.
But in every story, there's always someone who has to come around and ruin their love This story is a retelling of a classic written by Shakespeare himself. But in every story, there's always someone who has to come around and ruin their love for each other. Will they see through the lies and end up together? Or is it too late?
Beatriz and Bennett used to have something special, but that was two years ago. Now they can't stand each other, they bicker and make each other mad to the point where one of them has to leave. But are things really over between them? Can their love be rekindled? I personally really enjoyed this book. I have read and seen Shakespeare's original play, and I loved it. But as a young adult myself, this piece definitely spoke to me more since it was in the current time, and it was based on people my age.
I loved the little changes to the story line, especially how the boys all played on a soccer team. It was definitely easy to reference to. But it definitely worked well with the setting and the story. I definitely recommend this to all the Shakespeare lovers, especially if you're a young adult yourself, or really enjoy reading YA books.
Lastly, I wanted to say thank you to C. Wilson for giving me this amazing opportunity for reading and reviewing her amazing book. Sir Rex Harrison and cast perform together in this wonderful production which is available for the first time on digital download. Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a "merry war"; they both talk a mile a minute and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another.
By means of "noting" which sounds the same as "nothing," and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing , Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar.