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Luciana. A man is master of his liberty :
Time is their master; and, when they see time,
Luc. There's nothing situate under heaven's eye
But hath his bound, in earth, in sea, in sky :
Act 2, Sc. I.
Adriana. A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;
Act 2, Sc. 1.
Luc. How many fond fools serve mad jealousy !
Act 2, Sc. 1.
Ant. S. When the sun shines let foolish gnats make sport, But creep in crannies when he hides his beams.
Act 2, Sc. 2.
Dro. S. There's no time for a man to recover hair, that grows bald by nature.—Act 2, Sc. 2.
Ant. S. Why is Time such a niggard of hair, being, as it is, so plentiful an excrement ?
Dro. S. Because it is a blessing that he bestows on beasts; and what he hath scanted men in hair he hath given thein in wit. —Act 2, Sc. 2.
Adr. Come, I will fasten on this sleeve of thine ;*
Thou art an elm, my husband ! I a vine,
Ant. E. Say, that I linger'd with you at your shop
To see the making of her carkanet,+
Act 3, Sc. 1.
Ant. E. A tableful of welcome makes scarce one dainty
dish.—Act 3, Sc. I.
Bal. For slander lives upon succession ;
For ever housed where gets possession.—Act 3, Sc. 1.
Here's the note,
Act 4, Sc. 1.
Dro. S. Time is a very bankrupt, and owes more than he's worth to season.
Nay he's a thief too; have you not heard men say,
Act 4, Sc. 2. Dro. S. Marry, he must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil. -Act 4, Sc. 3.
* Observe the similarity between these lines and the following from Milton's “Paradise Lost," Book V., line 215:
“They led the vine
Her marriageable arms."
Abb. Unquiet meals make ill digestions. — Act 5, Sc. I.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
Beatrice. He is a very valiant trencher-man. -Act I, Sc. I.
Cla. Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love :
Cla. Silence is the perfectest herald of joy : I were but little happy, if I could say how much.--Act 2, Sc. I.
D. Ped. It is the witness still of excellency,
Act 2, Sc. 3.
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
To one thing constant never.
And be you blithe and bonny,
Into Hey nonny, nonny.
Sing no more ditties, sing no more,
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
Then sigh not so, &c.—Act 2, Sc. 3.
Benedick. Sits the wind in that corner?-Act 2, Sc. 3.
Bene. A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age. Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humour ? No, the world must be peopled. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.-Act 2, Sc. 3.
Bene. Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.
Act 3, Sc. 2.
Dog. God hath blessed you with a good name; to be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune ; but to read and write, comes by nature.—Act 3, Sc. 3.
Dog. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue of your office, to be no true man; and, for such kind of men,
; the less you meddle or make with them, why the more is for your honesty.
Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall we not lay hands on him?
Dog. Truly by your office, you may; but I think they that touch pitch will be defiled ;* the most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is to let him show himself what he is, and steal out of your company.--Act 3, Sc. 3.
* In the Apocrypha, Book of Ecclesiasticus, chap. i. ver. 6, this expression also occurs—“He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith ;" and in Henry IV., Part I., Act 2, Sc. Falstaff
“This pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth defile."
Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you must call to the nurse and bid her still it.
Watch. How if the nurse be asleep and will not hear us? Dog. Why, then, depart in peace, and let the child wake her with crying: for the ewe that will not hear her lamb when it baes, will never answer a calf when he bleats.
Act 3, Sc. 3.
Bora. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed thief this fashion is ? how giddily he turns about all the hot bloods, between fourteen and five and thirty, sometimes fashioning them like Pharaoh's soldiers in the reechy painting, sometimes like god Bel's priests in the old church-window.
Con. All this I see ; and I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.-Act 3, Sc. 3.
Dog. Comparisons are odorous. *_Act 3, Sc. 4.
Dog. Where the age is in, the wit is out. —Act 3, Sc. 4.
It so falls out,
Act 4, Sc. 1.
Dog. Is our whole dissembly appeared ?--Act 4, Sc. 2.
* Mrs. Malaprop's speech, which is often quoted, in the above words, is, “ Caparisons don't become a young woman.” The expression “Comparisons are odious" is to be found in Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy,” Part III., sect. 3, mem. 1, sub. 2; George Herbert, “ Jacula Prudentum,” p. 350 (Pickering's edition, vol. 1); and in Heywood's “A Woman Killed with Kindness,” Act 1, Sc. 1, Jenkins says, “O Slime, O Brickbat, do not you know that comparisons are odious ? Now we are odious ourselves, and therefore there are no comparisons to be made between us."