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Enter LEONATO, with DOGBERRY and VERGESLEONATO
What would you with me, honest neighbour?DOGBERRY
Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with youLEONATO
that decerns you nearly.
Brief, I pray you; for you see it is a busy time with me.DOGBERRY
Marry, this it is, sir.VERGES
Yes, in truth it is, sir.LEONATO
What is it, my good friends?DOGBERRY
Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off theVERGES
matter: an old man, sir, and his wits are not so
blunt as, God help, I would desire they were; but,
in faith, honest as the skin between his brows.
Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man livingDOGBERRY
that is an old man and no honester than I.
Comparisons are odorous: palabras, neighbour Verges.LEONATO
Neighbours, you are tedious.DOGBERRY
It pleases your worship to say so, but we are theLEONATO
poor duke's officers; but truly, for mine own part,
if I were as tedious as a king, I could find it in
my heart to bestow it all of your worship.
All thy tediousness on me, ah?DOGBERRY
Yea, an 'twere a thousand pound more than 'tis; forVERGES
I hear as good exclamation on your worship as of any
man in the city; and though I be but a poor man, I
am glad to hear it.
And so am I.LEONATO
I would fain know what you have to say.VERGES
Marry, sir, our watch to-night, excepting yourDOGBERRY
worship's presence, ha' ta'en a couple of as arrant
knaves as any in Messina.
A good old man, sir; he will be talking: as theyLEONATO
say, when the age is in, the wit is out: God help
us! it is a world to see. Well said, i' faith,
neighbour Verges: well, God's a good man; an two men
ride of a horse, one must ride behind. An honest
soul, i' faith, sir; by my troth he is, as ever
broke bread; but God is to be worshipped; all men
are not alike; alas, good neighbour!
Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short of you.DOGBERRY
Gifts that God gives.LEONATO
I must leave you.DOGBERRY
One word, sir: our watch, sir, have indeedLEONATO
comprehended two aspicious persons, and we would
have them this morning examined before your worship.
Take their examination yourself and bring it me: IDOGBERRY
am now in great haste, as it may appear unto you.
It shall be suffigance.LEONATO
Drink some wine ere you go: fare you well.Messenger
Enter a Messenger
My lord, they stay for you to give your daughter toLEONATO
I'll wait upon them: I am ready.DOGBERRY
Exeunt LEONATO and Messenger
Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacole;VERGES
bid him bring his pen and inkhorn to the gaol: we
are now to examination these men.
And we must do it wisely.DOGBERRY
We will spare for no wit, I warrant you; here's
that shall drive some of them to a non-come: only
get the learned writer to set down our
excommunication and meet me at the gaol.
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