Act 1, Scene 1

  1. Beatrice:

    I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick,
    nobody marks youpays you any attention.

  2. Benedick:

    What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?

  3. Beatrice:

    Is it possible Disdain should die while she hath such
    meet food to feed itpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdain as Signor Benedick? Courtesy itselfpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politeness [100]
    must convert to disdain, if you come in her presencepays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near her.

  4. Benedick:

    Then is courtesy a turncoatpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes side. But it is certain I am loved
    of all ladies, only you excepted, and I would I could
    find in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for truly I
    love none.                                                [105]

  5. Beatrice:

    A dear happinesspays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thing to women, they would elsepays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwise have been
    troubled with a pernicious suitorpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship with. I thank God and my cold
    blood, I am of your humour for thatpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in love. I had rather hear
    my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.

  6. Benedick:

    God keep your ladyship still in that mind!pays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinion So some       [110]
    gentleman or other shall 'scapepays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescape a predestinatepays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescapeunavoidable scratched face.

  7. Beatrice:

    Scratching could not make it worse an 'twerepays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescapeunavoidableif it was such a
    face as yours were.

  8. Benedick:

    Well, you are a rare parrot-teacherpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescapeunavoidableif it waschatter on and on.          [115]

  9. Beatrice:

    A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours.

  10. Benedick:

    I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and
    so good a continuerpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescapeunavoidableif it waschatter on and onI may chatter like a bird, you are as dumb as a beastcould keep going as long as you keep talking. But keep your waypays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescapeunavoidableif it waschatter on and onI may chatter like a bird, you are as dumb as a beastcould keep going as long as you keep talkingyou just carry on, i' God's name,
    I have done.

  11. Beatrice:

    You always end with a jade's trickpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescapeunavoidableif it waschatter on and onI may chatter like a bird, you are as dumb as a beastcould keep going as long as you keep talkingyou just carry onthe behaviour of a worthless horse, stopping suddenly. I know you of oldpays you any attentiona suitable target for disdaineven the personification of politenesscome near hersomeone who changes sidelucky thingotherwisepursued by a man it is dangerous to have a relationship withI, like you, don't fall in lovealways of that opinionescapeunavoidableif it waschatter on and onI may chatter like a bird, you are as dumb as a beastcould keep going as long as you keep talkingyou just carry onthe behaviour of a worthless horse, stopping suddenlyI'm used to your ways[120]