• Enter LEONATO withDOGBERRY and VERGES

    LEONATO

    What would you with me, honest neighbor?

    DOGBERRY

    Marry, sir, I would have some confidence with you that
    decerns you nearly.

    LEONATO

    Brief, I pray you, for you see it is a busy time with me.

    DOGBERRY

    5Marry, this it is, sir.

    VERGES

    Yes, in truth it is, sir.

    LEONATO

    What is it, my good friends?

    DOGBERRY

    Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off the matter. An old
    man, sir, and his wits are not so blunt as, God help, I would
    10desire they were, but, in faith, honest as the skin between
    his brows.

    VERGES

    Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an
    old man and no honester than I.

    DOGBERRY

    Comparisons are odorous. Palabras, neighbor Verges.

    LEONATO

    15Neighbors, you are tedious.

    DOGBERRY

    It pleases your Worship to say so, but we are the poor duke’s
    officers. But truly, for mine own part, if I were as tedious as
    a king, I could find it in my heart to bestow it all of your
    worship.
  • LEONATO enters withDOGBERRY andVERGES.

    LEONATO

    What do you want from me, my good man?

    DOGBERRY

    Please, sir, I would like to discuss some news that decerns you greatly.

    decerns

    “Decerns” is a mistake for “concerns.”

    LEONATO

    Be brief, please, because, as you can see, this is a busy time for me.

    DOGBERRY

    Indeed, sir, it is.

    VERGES

    Yes, it truly is.

    LEONATO

    What’s the news, my good friends?

    DOGBERRY

    Sorry, sir, Goodman Verges tends to ramble. He’s an old man, sir, and his wits are not as blunt as I wish they were. But truly, he’s as honest as the skin between his brows.

    blunt

    “Blunt” is a mistake for “sharp.”

    VERGES

    Yes, I thank God that I am as honest as all the other old men who are not honester than me.

    DOGBERRY

    Making comparisons is odorous, Verges. Get on with your story.

    odorous

    “Odorous” is a mistake for “odious” (hateful).

    LEONATO

    Friends, you are becoming tedious.

    DOGBERRY

    Thank you for saying that, your Worship, but we’re just the poor duke’s officers. But truly, if I were as tedious as a king, I would give everything to you, your Worship.

    tedious

    Dogberry takes “tedious” to mean “rich.”