Act IV, Scene 2 A prison.
Enter DOGBERRY, VERGES, and
Sexton, in gowns; and
|DOGBERRY||Is our whole dissembly appeared?|
|VERGES||O, a stool and a cushion for the sexton.|
|Sexton||Which be the malefactors?|
|DOGBERRY||Marry, that am I and my partner.|
|VERGES||Nay, that's certain; we have the exhibition to examine.|
|Sexton||But which are the offenders that are to be
examined? let them come before master constable.
|DOGBERRY||Yea, marry, let them come before me. What is your
|DOGBERRY||Pray, write down, Borachio. Yours, sirrah?|
|CONRADE||I am a gentleman, sir, and my name is Conrade.|
|DOGBERRY||Write down, master gentleman Conrade. Masters, do
you serve God?
| Yea, sir, we hope.
|DOGBERRY||Write down, that they hope they serve God: and
write God first; for God defend but God should go
before such villains! Masters, it is proved already
that you are little better than false knaves; and it
will go near to be thought so shortly. How answer
you for yourselves?
|CONRADE||Marry, sir, we say we are none.|
|DOGBERRY||A marvellous witty fellow, I assure you: but I
will go about with him. Come you hither, sirrah; a
word in your ear: sir, I say to you, it is thought
you are false knaves.
|BORACHIO||Sir, I say to you we are none.|
|DOGBERRY||Well, stand aside. 'Fore God, they are both in a
tale. Have you writ down, that they are none?
|Sexton||Master constable, you go not the way to examine:
you must call forth the watch that are their accusers.
|DOGBERRY||Yea, marry, that's the eftest way. Let the watch
come forth. Masters, I charge you, in the prince's
name, accuse these men.
|First Watchman||This man said, sir, that Don John, the prince's
brother, was a villain.
|DOGBERRY||Write down Prince John a villain. Why, this is flat
perjury, to call a prince's brother villain.
|DOGBERRY||Pray thee, fellow, peace: I do not like thy look,
I promise thee.
|Sexton||What heard you him say else?|
|Second Watchman||Marry, that he had received a thousand ducats of
Don John for accusing the Lady Hero wrongfully.
|DOGBERRY||Flat burglary as ever was committed.|
|VERGES||Yea, by mass, that it is.|
|Sexton||What else, fellow?|
|First Watchman||And that Count Claudio did mean, upon his words, to
disgrace Hero before the whole assembly. and not marry her.
|DOGBERRY||O villain! thou wilt be condemned into everlasting
redemption for this.
|Watchman||This is all.|
|Sexton||And this is more, masters, than you can deny.
Prince John is this morning secretly stolen away;
Hero was in this manner accused, in this very manner
refused, and upon the grief of this suddenly died.
Master constable, let these men be bound, and
brought to Leonato's: I will go before and show
him their examination.
|DOGBERRY||Come, let them be opinioned.|
|VERGES||Let them be in the hands--|
|DOGBERRY||God's my life, where's the sexton? let him write
down the prince's officer coxcomb. Come, bind them.
Thou naughty varlet!
|CONRADE||Away! you are an ass, you are an ass.|
|DOGBERRY||Dost thou not suspect my place? dost thou not
suspect my years? O that he were here to write me
down an ass! But, masters, remember that I am an
ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not
that I am an ass. No, thou villain, thou art full of
piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness.
I am a wise fellow, and, which is more, an officer,
and, which is more, a householder, and, which is
more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in
Messina, and one that knows the law, go to; and a
rich fellow enough, go to; and a fellow that hath
had losses, and one that hath two gowns and every
thing handsome about him. Bring him away. O that
I had been writ down an ass!
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 4 Hero's apartment.|
|Act I, Scene 1 Before Leonato's house.||Act III, Scene 5 Another room in Leonato's house.|
|Act I, Scene 2 A room in Leonato's house/Act I, Scene 3 The same.||Act IV, Scene 1 A church.|
|Act II, Scene 1 A hall in Leonato's house.||Act IV, Scene 2 A prison.|
|Act II, Scene 2 The same.||Act V, Scene 1 Before Leonato's house.|
|Act II, Scene 3 Leonato's orchard.||Act V, Scene 2 Leonato's garden.|
|Act III, Scene 1 Leonato's garden||Act V, Scene 3 A church.|
|Act III, Scene 2 A room in Leonato's house||Act V, Scene 4 A room in Leonato's house.|
|Act III, Scene 3 A street.|
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