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Benedick

Much Ado About Nothing

Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signior Leonato?

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Claudio
Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of
Signior Leonato?
Benedick
I noted her not, but I looked on her.
Claudio
Is she not a modest young lady?

Why, i’ faith, methinks she’s too low for a
high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too
little for a great praise

Benedick
Do you question me as an honest man
should do,
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Act 1
Scene 1
Line 158

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Ho, now you strike like the blind man

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Ho, now you strike like the blind man. ‘Twas the boy that stole your meat, and you’ll beat the post.Metaphor
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Act 2
Scene 1
Line 196

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I do much wonder that one man

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I do much wonder that one man, seeing how much
another man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviors
to love, will, after he hath laughed at such
shallow follies in others, become the argument of
his own scorn by falling in love—and such a man is
Claudio. I have known when there was no music
with him but the drum and the fife,
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Act 2
Scene 3
Line 8

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A man loves the meat in his youth

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A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
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Act 2
Scene 3
Line 240

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I do love nothing in the world so well as you

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Benedick
I do love nothing in the world so well as you—is not that strange?
Beatrice
As strange as the thing I know not. It were as possible for me to say I loved nothing so well as you, but believe me not, and yet I lie not; I confess nothing,
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Act 4
Scene 1
Line 281

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Kill Claudio!

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Beatrice
Kill Claudio!
Benedick
Ha! Not for the wide world.
Beatrice
You kill me to deny it. Farewell.
 She begins to exit.
Benedick
Tarry, sweet Beatrice.

O that I were a man for his sake! Or
that I had any friend would be a man for my sake!
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Act 4
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Appearance and Deception

In a false quarrel there is no true valor

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In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
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Act 5
Scene 1

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You break jests as braggards do their blades

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You break jests as braggards do their bladesSimili, which, God be thank’d, hurt not.
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Act 5
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If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb

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If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings and the widow weepsAnalogy.
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Act 5
Scene 2

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Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably

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Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.
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Act 5
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