much ado about nothing act 2 SCENE 1 quotes and notes

“Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love:therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues; Let every eye negotiate for itself And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch Against whose charms faithmelteth into blood.” Act 2 Scene 1 nf 52-53 Claudio is saying that you should not have your friends involved in your work and love affairs because you can to trust your friends in these situations
He were an excellent man that were made just in the midway between him and Benidick. The one is too like an image and says nothing, and the other too like my lady’s eldest son, ever more tattling. Beatrice is saying the perfect man would talk half as much a Benedick and be half as serious of Don John
melancholy A gloomy state of mind
agile Able to move quickly and easily
curst a word used to describe women considered quarrelsome, talkative, or sharp-tongued OR ill-tempered
with a good leg and good foot agile
money enough in his purse rich
Too curst is more than curst. I shall lessen God’s sending that way, for to is said, “God sends a curst cow short horns,” but to a cow too curst, he sends more. Beatrice is saying that by being TOO ill-tempered God will not give her a husband because she is too argumentative
horns symbolizes husband
“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.” beatrice is saying that she does not want a man with a beard and she is not a good match for a man without a beard so she is really saying she will never marry because men either have a beard or they don’t so she can’t be with anyone
cuckhold a man married to an unfaithful wife which means the wife cheats on the husbands
Well, niece, I trust you will be ruled by your father. Antonio tells Hero that she should ask her father when thinking of marriage
“yes, faith, it is my cousin’s duty to make curtsy and say”Father, as it please you.” But for all that, cousin, let him be handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say, “Father, as it please me.” Beatrice tell Hero that if than man her father chooses is not handsome then she should ask her father politely
Not until God make men of some other metal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be overmastered with a piece of valiant dust? To make account of her life to a clod of wayward marl? No, uncle, I’ll none. Adam’s sons are my brethren, and truly I hold it a sin to match in my kindred. Beatrice is saying that men are like dirt, dust, and clay…and she won’t marry dirt…and she adds that since Adam is the father of mankind she can not marry any of his sons because his sons are like her brothers
Adam symbolizes all mankind
brethren Brothers
Daughter, remember what I told you. If the Prince do solicit you in that kind, you know the answer. Leonato is telling Hero that she knows what to tell him
“The fault will be in the music, cousin, if you be not wooed in good time. It the Prince be too important, tell him there is measure in everything, and so dance out the answer…..” Beatrice is telling Hero that if Don Pedro does not asks for her hand in marriage appropriately then she should explain that there is a correct way to do it
wooing Scotch jig – hot, fast, whimsy, illusion
wedding dance you do before the King; proper and decorous
repenting cinquepace – energetic five step dance – regret having gotten married – goes faster and faster until you topple over and die
decorous (adj.) well behaved, dignified, socially proper
When I like your favor, for God defend the lute should be like the case! while dancing with Don Pedro, Hero tells Don Pedro that if she likes that way he looks under then she will like him – she is superficial
My visor is Philemon’s roof; within the house the Jove. Don Pedro is saying that he has an ugly mask like Phileman’s ugly cottage roof but underneath the mask he is magnificent as the god Jove.
visor mask
“Speak low, if you speak love.” Act 2scene 1 nf 46-47 Don Pedro is saying that you should speak softly when you are trying to be romantic, since he is pretending to be claudio, he is trying to be sweet to hero
“Come, come, do you think I do not know you by your excellent wit? Can virtue hide yourself? Go to, mum, you are he. Graces will appear, and there’s an end.” Ursula says this to Antonio saying that she knows that it is him under the mask because of his wit and she uses this as a chance to insult him since this is a masked party
“Why, he is the Prince’s jester, a very dull fool, only his gift is devising impossible slanders. None but libertines delight in him, and the commendation is not in his wit but in his villainy, for he both pleases men and angers them, and then they laugh at him and beat him. I am sure he is in the fleet. I would he had boarded me.” Beatrice is calling Benedick a fool and he is talks bad about others, he has immoral friends,
Thus answer I in the name of Benedick,But hear these ill news with the are of Claudio.Tis certain so, the Prince woos for himself.Friendship is constant in all other thingsSave in the office and affairs of love.Let every eye negotiate for itself Claudio jumps to conclusion that Don Pedro has wooed Hero for himself and you should not let friends deal with work and love affairs; he is also wondering why he let Don Pedro speak on his behalf
while dancing this couple talks about the woman’s awful qualities Balthasar and Margaret talk about Margaret awful quality 9saying her prayers out loud)
while dancing this couple trys to figure out if they know each other Antonio and Ursula talk how she recognizes him by his waggle and wrinkled hands
while dancing this couple pretend to not know that they are dancing with each other and the woman uses this as a chance to insult the mane Benedick and Beatrice
while dancing the man tries to woo the woman – for his friend Don Pedro and Hero
immoral (adj) not following accepted moral standards
amorous Expressing love or the state of being in love
“Even to the next willow, about your own business, county. What fashion will you wear garland of? About your neck like an usurer’s chain? or under your arm like a lieutenant’s scarf? You must wear it one way, for the Prince hath got your Hero.” Benedick tell Claudio that to that he should wear the garland fro a willow tree to face that Don Pedro has won over Hero
“Alas, poor hurt fowl, now will he creep into sedges. But that my lady Beatrice should know me, and not know me! The Prince’s fool! Ha, it may may be I go under that title because I am merry. 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. Well, I’ll be revenged as I may.” Benedick is thinking aloud about Beatrice said and he thinks that he that that bad and does not have a bad reputation like Beatrice says. he also thinks of himself as cheerful and he promises to get revenge
“The flat transgression of a schoolboy who, being overjoyed with finding a bird’d nest, shows its companion, and he steals it.” Benedick is saying Claudio was acting like a schoolboy or being childish when he found the bird’s nest (Hero) and shows his friend but the friend steals it.
garland A wreath or chain of leaves or flowers
“She speak poniards, and every word stabs.” Benedick is telling Don Pedro that Beatrice speaks in daggers and every word stabs meaning that everything she says is hurtful
“She would have made Hercules have turned spit, yea, and have cleft his club to make a fire, too.” Benedick is saying that if Beatrice married the great hero Hercules she would have humiliated him by making him to chores and chopping up his famous club for firewood
“…a man may live quiet in hell as in a sanctuary, and people sin upon purpose because they would go thither. So indeed all disquiet, horror, perturbation follows her.” Benedick is saying that people are willing to go to hell just to get away from Beatrice. He added that chaos, horror, and sorrow follow Beatrice wherever she goes
Will your grace command me any service to the work’s end? I will go on the slightest errand now to the Antipdes that you can devise me to send me on. I will fetch you o toot picker now from the furthest inch of Asia, bring you the length of Prester John’s foot, fetch you a f=hair off the great Cahm’s beard, do you any embassage to the Pygmies, rather you than hold three words’ conference with this harpy. You have no employment for me? Benedick is asking Don Pedro to send him on ridiculous errands instead of having to talk to Beatrice- an awful, screeching woman. He is willing to anything so he doesn’t have to talk to Beatrice
Indeed, my lord, he lent it me awhile, and ?i gave him use for it, a double heart for his single one. Marry, once before he won it with false dice. Therefore your Grace may well be well say I have lost it. Beatice is saying that she once loved Benedick twice as much as he loved her but he was dishonest; this shows that Benedick and Beatrice have had a romantic history
“Silence is the perfect herald of joy. I were but little happy if could say how much.-Lady, as you were mid, I am yours. I give you away myself for you and dote upon the exchange.” Claudio is saying that when someone is completing happy they are speechless, knowing that he has Hero for himself
Good lord for alliance! Thus goes everyone to the world but I, and i am sunburnt. I may sit I a corner and cry, “Heigh-ho for a husband!” Beatrice is saying everyone is happy but her because she does not have a husband
“There’s little of the melancholy element in her, my lord. She is never sad but when she sleeps, and not ever sad then, for I have heard my daughter say she hath often dreamed of unhappiness and waked herself with laughing.” Leonato is saying that he thinks Beatrice is a happy person; this is how he sees Beatrice
perception A person’s cognitive (mental) interpretation of events.
“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.” Leonato is telling Claudio wait for 1 week because he needs to plane the wedding
“Come you shake the head at so long breathing, but I warrant thee, Claudio, the time shall not go dully by us.” Don Pedro tells Claudio to patient and time will pass by quickly
Who comes up with the plan for B & B to fall in love–a plan that is better than cupid’s plan? Don Pedro
yoked oxen symbolizes marriage
adeptness the ability to do something well
incessantly nonstop or continuously
immoral unfair, or without a sense of right and wrong
tolerate to put up with or to endure
civil polite

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