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Act 1, Scene 2

[Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO, meeting]

LEONATO: How now, brother! Where is my cousin, your son?
hath he provided this music?

ANTONIO: He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell
you strange news that you yet dreamt not of.

LEONATO: Are they good?     [5]

ANTONIO: As the event stamps them: but they have a good
cover; they show well outward. The prince and Count
Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached alley in mine
orchard, were thus much overheard by a man of mine:
the prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my     [10]
niece your daughter and meant to acknowledge it
this night in a dance: and if he found her
accordant, he meant to take the present time by the
top and instantly break with you of it.

LEONATO: Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?     [15]

ANTONIO: A good sharp fellow: I will send for him; and
question him yourself.

LEONATO: No, no; we will hold it as a dream till it appear
itself: but I will acquaint my daughter withal,
that she may be the better prepared for an answer,     [20]
if peradventure this be true. Go you and tell her of it.

[Enter Attendants]

Cousins, you know what you have to do. O, I cry you
mercy, friend; go you with me, and I will use your
skill. Good cousin, have a care this busy time.


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