Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare (1600)
Act 3 Scene 1
Beatrice - Female, 35 to 50 yrs
Scene partner - herself
Monologue - Comedic, Under 1:00 min
What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?
Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much?
Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu!
No glory lives behind the back of such.
And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee,
Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand:
If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee
To bind our loves up in a holy band;
For others say thou dost deserve, and I
Believe it better than reportingly.
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