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SCENE V

Another room in LEONATO'S house.
Enter LEONATO, with DOGBERRY and VERGES.

Leon.
What would you with me, honest
neighbor?

Dog.
Marry, sir, I would have some confidence
with you that decerns you nearly.

Leon.
Brief, I pray you; for you see it is a
busy time with me.

Dog.
Marry, this it is, sir.

Verg.
Yes, in truth it is, sir.

Leon.
What is it, my good friends?

Dog.
Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little
off the 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.

Verg.
Yes, I thank God I am as honest as
any man living that is an old man and no
honester than I.

Dog.
Comparisons are odorous: palabras,
neighbor Verges. (20)

Leon.
Neighbors, you are tedious.

Dog.
It pleases your worship to say so, but
we are the 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.

Leon.
All thy tediousness on me, ah?

Dog.
Yea, an 'twere a thousand pound
more than 'tis; for 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 (30)
hear it.

Verg.
And so am I.

Leon.
I would fain know what you have to say.

Verg.
Marry, sir, our watch to-night, excepting
your worship's presence, ha' ta'en a
couple of as arrant knaves as any in Messina.

Dog.
A good old man, sir; he will be talking:
as they say, When the age is in, the wit is
out: God help us! it is a world to see. Well
said, i' faith, neighbor 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 neighbor!

Leon.
Indeed, neighbor, he comes too short
of you.

Dog.
Gifts that God gives.

Leon.
I must leave you.

Dog.
One word, sir: our watch, sir, have
indeed comprehended two aspicious persons,
and we would have them this morning examined
before your worship.

Leon.
Take their examination yourself and
bring it me: I am now in great haste, as it
may appear unto you.

Dog.
It shall be suffigance.

Leon.
Drink some wine ere you go: fare
you well. Enter a Messenger.

Mess.
My lord, they stay for you to give (60)
your daughter to her husband.

Leon.
I'll wait upon them: I am ready. [Exeunt Leonato and Messenger.

Dog.
Go, good partner, go, get you to
Francis Seacole; bid him bring his pen and
inkhorn to the gaol: we are now to examination
these men.

Verg.
And we must do it wisely.

Dog.
We will spare for no wit, I warrant
you; here's that shall drive some of them to a
noncome: only get the learned writer to set
down our excommunication and meet me at
the gaol. [Exeunt.

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