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“I Wonder That You Be Still Talking, Signor Benedick?”


Signor Benedick and Lady Beatrice encounter each other for the first time and exchange some harsh words about love.


- If Signor Leonato be her father, she would not have his head on her shoulders, as like a man she is.

- --I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick. Nobody marks you.

- What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?

- --Is it possible disdain should die while she hath such meet food to feed it as Signor Benedick?

Courtesy itself must convert to disdain if you come in her presence.

- Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted.

And I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for truly I love none.

- --A dear happiness to women. They would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor.

I thank God and my cold blood I am of your humor for that.

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

- God keep your Ladyship still in that mind, so some gentleman or other shall 'scape a predestinate scratched face.

- --Scratching could not make it worse an 'twere such a face as yours were.



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