Much Ado About Nothing: Act 2, Scene 2
Enter [DON] JOHN and BORACHIO.
1. shall: is going to.
1It is so; the Count Claudio shall marry the
2daughter of Leonato.
3. cross: thwart.
3Yea, my lord; but I can cross it.
4Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be
5-6. med'cinable: medicinal, healing. displeasure to: anger against. 6-7. whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine: i.e., whatever makes him unhappy makes me happy.
5med'cinable to me: I am sick in displeasure
6to him, and whatsoever comes athwart his
7affection ranges evenly with mine. How
8canst thou cross this marriage?
9Not honestly, my lord; but so covertly that
10no dishonesty shall appear in me.
11. briefly: quickly.
11Show me briefly how.
12I think I told your lordship a year since, how
13much I am in the favour of Margaret, the waiting
14gentlewoman to Hero.
16-18. I can, at any unseasonable instant of the night, appoint her to look out at her lady's chamber window: i.e., I can make an arrangement with her to meet me at Hero's bedroom window at any time of the night.
16I can, at any unseasonable instant of the night,
17appoint her to look out at her lady's chamber
19What life is in that, to be the death of
21. The poison of that lies in you to temper: it depends upon you to brew up the poison in that.
21The poison of that lies in you to temper.
22Go you to the prince your brother; spare
23not to tell him that he hath wronged his
24honor in marrying the renowned Claudio
25. whose estimation do you mightily hold up: whose reputation and honor you hold in high esteem. 26. contaminated stale: common prostitute.
25whose estimation do you mightily hold up
26to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.
27What proof shall I make of that?
28. misuse: abuse; deceive. vex: afflict, torment.
28Proof enough to misuse the prince, to vex
29Claudio, to undo Hero and kill Leonato.
30. Look you for any other issue?: do you expect any other result?; i.e., what more could you want?
30Look you for any other issue?
31Only to despite them, I will endeavor
33. meet: suitable.
33Go, then; find me a meet hour to draw Don
34Pedro and the Count Claudio alone: tell them
35. intend: pretend.
35that you know that Hero loves me; intend
36a kind of zeal both to the prince and Claudio,
37as,in love of your brother's honor, who
38hath made this match, and his friend's reputation,
39. cozened: deceived, cheated. semblance: outward appearance. 40. maid: virgin. discovered: revealed.
39who is thus like to be cozened with the semblance
40of a maid,that you have discovered thus. They
41will scarcely believe this without trial: offer them
42. instances: evidence, proofs.
42instances; which shall bear no less likelihood than
43to see me at her chamber window, hear me call
44. term me Claudio: Apparently Borachio and Margaret, high-ranking servants, play at being aristocrats.
44Margaret Hero, hear Margaret term me Claudio;
45and bring them to see this the very night before
46the intended wedding,for in the meantime I will
47so fashion the matter that Hero shall be absent,
48and there shall appear such seeming truth of Hero's
49. jealousy: suspicion. assurance: certainty.
49disloyalty that jealousy shall be called assurance
50. preparation: preparation for the wedding of Claudio and Hero.
50and all the preparation overthrown.
51Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put
52it in practise. Be cunning in the working this, and
53. ducats: gold coins. Borachio's reward is going to be rich.
53thy fee is a thousand ducats.
54Be you constant in the accusation, and my cunning
55shall not shame me.
56. presently: at once.
56I will presently go learn their day of