Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1

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Enter Iohn and Borachio.

Iohn It is so, the Counte Claudio shall marry the daughter of Leonato.


Bora. Yea my lord, but I can crosse it.

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Iohn Any barre, any crosse, any impediment, will be medcinable to me, 4I am sicke in displeasure to him, and whatsoeuer comes athwart his 5affection, ranges euenly with mine, how canst thou crosse this marriage?


Bor. Not honestly my lord, but so couertly, that no dishonesty 7shall appeare in me.


Iohn Shew me briefely how.


Bor. I thinke I told your lordship a yeere since, how much I am in 10the fauour of Margaret, the waiting gentlewoman to Hero.


Iohn I remember.


Bor. I can at any vnseasonable instant of the night, appoint her to 13looke out at her ladies chamber window.


Iohn What life is in that to be the death of this mariage?


Bor. The poison of that lies in you to temper, goe you to the prince 16your brother, spare not to tell him, that he hath wronged his honor in 17marrying the renowned Claudio, whose estimation do you mightily 18hold vp, to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.

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Iohn What proofe shall I make of that?


Bor. Proofe enough, to misuse the prince, to vexe Claudio, to vndoe 21Hero, and kill Leonato, looke you for any other issue?


Iohn Onely to dispight them I will endeuour any thing.

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Bor. Go then, find me a meet houre, to draw don Pedro and the 24Counte Claudio alone, tell them that you know that Hero loues me, Critical Apparatus25intend a kind of zeale both to the prince & Claudio (as in loue of your 26brothers honor who hath made this match) and his friends reputation, 27who is thus like to bee cosen'd with the semblance of a maid, that you 28haue discouer'd thus: they wil scarcely beleeue this without triall: offer 29them instances which shall beare no lesse likelihood, than to see me at 30her chamber window, heare me call Margaret Hero, heare Marg. terme Critical Apparatus31me Claudio, & bring them to see this the very night before the intended 32wedding, for in the mean time, I wil so fashion the matter, that Hero Critical Apparatus33shal be absent and there shal appeere such seeming truth of Heroes C4vCritical Apparatus Link 34disloyaltie, that iealousie shal be cald assurance and al the preparation 35ouerthrowne.


Iohn Grow this to what aduerse issue it can, I will put it in practise: be 37cunning in the working this, and thy fee is a thousand ducates.

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Bor. Be you constant in the accusation, and my cunning shall not 39shame me.


Iohn I will presently go learne their day of marriage.


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2.2.23 don → on
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2.2.25 in loue → in a loue
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2.2.31 Claudio simmes; Borachio theobald
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2.2.33 truth → truths
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2.2.34 assurance assu-|rance (sig. C4r–C4v)
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2.2.38 you → thou
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