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Of this play the fable is wild and pleasing. I know not how the ladies will approve the facility with which both Rosalind and Celia give away their hearts. To Celia much may be forgiven for the heroism of her friendship. The character of Jaques is natural and well preserved. The comick dialogue is very sprightly, with less mixture of low buffoonery than in some other plays ; and the graver part is elegant and harmonious. By hastening to the end of his work, Shakspeare suppressed the dialogue between the usurper and the hermit, and lost an opportunity of exhibiting a moral lesson in which he might have found matter worthy of his highest powers.

JOHNSON.

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Urs. So angle we for Beatrice; who even now
Is couched in the woodbine coverture.

Much Ado About Nothing.

A

COMEDY,

BY

WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE.

ACCURATELY PRINTED

FROM THE TEXT OF

MR. STEEVENS'S LAST EDITION.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
Don John, his bastard broiher.
Claudio, a young lord of Florence, favourite to

Don Pedro.
Benedick, a young lord of Padua, favoured likewise

by Don Pedro.
Leonato, governor of Messina.
Antonio, his brother.
Balthazar, servant to Don Pedro.

Borachio

, }followers of Don John. Dogberry, }two foolish officers.

Conrade,

Verges,
A Serton.
A Friar.
A Boy.

Hero, daughter to Leonato.
Beatrice, niece to Leonato.

Margaret

, } gentlewomen attending on Hero.

Messengers, Watch, and Attendants.

Scene, Messina.

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