By Shakespeare, William; Quiller-Couch, Arthur; Shakespeare, William
Set in a courtly international of masked revels and dances, this play activates the archetypal tale of a woman falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned via her bridegroom, and eventually vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the bright humor and gleaming wordplay--but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene because the are eventually tricked into admitting their love for every different in Shakespeare's outstanding comedy of manners.
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• accomplished explanatory notes
• bright introductions and the main updated scholarship
• transparent, modernized spelling and punctuation, allowing modern readers to appreciate the Elizabethan English
• thoroughly up to date, precise bibliographies and function histories
• An interpretive essay on movie variations of the play, in addition to an intensive filmography
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I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no man’s jests, eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man’s leisure, sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on no man’s business, laugh when I am merry, and claw no man in his humour. CONRAD Yea, but you must not make the full show of this till you may do it without controlment. You have of late stood out against your brother, and he hath ta’en you newly into his grace, where it is impossible you should take true root but by the fair weather that you make yourself.
CLAUDIO No, I pray thee speak in sober judgement. BENEDICK 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. Only this commendation I can afford her, that were she other than she is, she were unhandsome, and being no other but as she is, I do not like her. CLAUDIO Thou think’st I am in sport. I pray thee tell me truly how thou lik’st her. BENEDICK Would you buy her, that you inquire after her? CLAUDIO Can the world buy such a jewel?
HERO Why then your visor should be thatched. DON PEDRO Speak low, if you speak love. They dance aside BALTHASAR Well, I would you did like me.
Much ado about nothing by Shakespeare, William; Quiller-Couch, Arthur; Shakespeare, William