Act I. Scene 2. — A room in LEONATO'S house.
[Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO, meeting.]
How now, brother! Where is my cousin your son? Hath he provided
He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell you strange
news that you yet dreamt not of.
Are they good?
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 my orchard, were thus much overheard by a man of mine: the prince
discovered to Claudio that he loved my 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
Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?
A good sharp fellow: I will send for him; and question him
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, if peradventure this be true. Go you, and tell her of it.
[Several persons cross the stage.]
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