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Kill Claudio!

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!

Beatrice
I am gone, though I am here. There is no
love in you. Nay, I pray you let me go.
Benedick
Beatrice—
Beatrice
In faith, I will go.
Benedick
We'll be friends first.
Beatrice
You dare easier be friends with me than
fight with mine enemy
Benedick
Claudio thine enemy?
Beatrice
Is ‘a not approv'd in the height a villain
that hath slander'd, scorn'd, dishonor'd my kinswomanAlliteration?
O that I were a man! What, bear her in
hand until they come to take hands, and then,
with public accusation, uncover'd slander, unmitigated
rancor—O God, that I were a man! I would eat his
heart in the market-place.
Benedick
Hear me, Beatrice—
Beatrice
Talk with a man out at a window! A proper saying!
Benedick
Nay, but, Beatrice—
Beatrice
Sweet Hero, she is wrong'd, she is sland'red,
she is undoneAnaphora
.
Benedick
Beat—
Beatrice
Princes and counties! Surely a princely testimony,
a goodly count, Count Comfect, a sweet
gallant surely! O that I were a man for his sake! Or
that I had any friend would be a man for my sake!Alliosis and Epistrophe

But manhood is melted into cur'sies, valor into
compliment, and men are only turn'd into tongueIsocolon and Ellipsis
,
and trim ones too. He is now as valiant as Hercules
that only tells a lie, and swears it. I cannot be a man
with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving.
Benedick
Tarry, good Beatrice. By this hand, I love thee.
Beatrice
Use it for my love some other way than
swearing by it.
Benedick
Think you in your soul the Count Claudio
hath wrong'd Hero?
Beatrice
Yea, as sure as I have a thought or a soul.

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Act 4
Scene 1
Line 303

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