Much Ado About Nothing

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Quote: “I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books (favor).”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 76-77.  Messenger to Beatrice.   Beatrice, Leonato’s niece, Leonato being the Governor of Messina, has had a past relationship with Benedick. Benedick is a soldier from Padua and along with Don Pedro and Claudio has just arrived in Messina. Beatrice treats Benedick throughout most of the play with sarcasm and disdain, beginning with the moment he arrives in Messina. Aside, a Messenger whispers this quote to Beatrice. She comes back with “No, if he were, I would burn my study.” The word “books” in the quote is synonymous with favor.

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Quote: “I had rather hear my dog bark
at a crow than a man swear he loves me.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 129-130.  Beatrice to Benedick.  Benedick has just said to Beatrice “It is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted; and I wish I could find it in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for truly I love none.” She comes back with this quote. He replies “I wish my horse had the speed of your tongue.”

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Quote: “In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1, Lines
183-184.  Claudio to Benedick.  Claudio spied Hero, Leonato’s daughter, the moment he arrived in Messina. Claudio has asked Benedick what he thinks of Hero, asking him to “speak in sober judgment.” Benedick replies “methinks she’s too low for a high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too little for a great praise.” Claudio doesn’t flinch, coming back with this quote.

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Quote: “In faith, thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear the imprint of it, and sigh away
Sundays.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 196-198.  Benedick to Claudio.  Claudio has just told Benedick that he thinks he’d like to have Hero for a wife. Benedick, who puts down the thought of marriage at every opportunity, offers Claudio this advice, this quote.

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Quote: “That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she brought me up, I likewise
give her most humble thanks.  I will live
a bachelor.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 234-236.  Benedick to Prince.  Forever obstinate Benedick offers this quote to the Prince, having heard Claudio say he’d like to marry Hero. Don Pedro, known throughout the play as the Prince, is Benedick and Claudio’s senior military officer. Prince teases Benedick, saying “I shall see thee, before I die, look pale with love.”

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Quote: “It is needful that you frame the season for your own harvest.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 3,
Lines 23-24.  Conrade to Don John.  Through this quote, Conrade counsels Don John to take advantage of the moment. Conrade is a “follower” of Don John. Don John, a get even kind of guy, is Prince’s brother, whose forces, whatever they were, were defeated by the Prince in a military “action.” Don John replies to Conrade, saying “I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace. It must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain.”

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Quote: “What is he for a fool that betroths himself to unquietness?”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 45-46.  Don John to Borachio.  Borachio, another of Don John’s followers, has just entered. He tells Don John that “I can give you intelligence of an intended marriage.” Borachio, innocently, but crucially, provides a distorted version of a conversation he overheard between Prince and Claudio. Don John offers this quote, now believing through Borachio’s comments that the Prince has a romantic interest in Hero. Don John offers Borachio this quote.

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Quote: “This may prove food to my displeasure.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 63-64.  Don John to Borachio.  Having overheard and misheard the conversation between Claudio and the Prince, Borachio tells Don John that Claudio and the Prince agreed “that the Prince should woo Hero for himself, and having obtained her, give her to Count Claudio.” Don John likes what he hears, offering this quote. Don John asks “You are both sure, and will assist me?” Conrade answers for himself and Borachio, saying “To the death, my lord.”

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Quote: “Speak low if you speak of love.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Line
97.  Prince to Hero.  The Prince and Hero dance. Hero doesn’t know who he is, it being a masquerade party. The Prince encourages her to pay attention to him. She says “When I like your face, for God defend the lute should look like the case.” He offers this famous line. His legitimate intent is to woo Hero on behalf of Claudio.

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Quote: “Friendship is constant in all other things save in the affairs of love.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 173-174.  Claudio to himself.  Don John and Borachio have played a nasty trick on Claudio, having told him that the “Prince is wooing Hero for himself.” Borachio had misinterpreted the conversation between Claudio and the Prince, and in the doing had misled Don John, who in turn took what Borachio had said as fact. Claudio’s heart is broken, believing that the “Prince is wooing Hero for himself.” He’s ready to forsake her.