• Enter LEONATO andANTONIO

    LEONATO

    How now, brother, where is my cousin, your son? Hath he
    provided this music?

    ANTONIO

    He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell you strange
    news that you yet dreamt not of.

    LEONATO

    5Are they good?

    ANTONIO

    As the events stamps them, but they have a good cover;
    they show well outward. The Prince and Count Claudio,
    walking in a thick-pleached alley in mine orchard, were
    thus much overheard by a man of mine: the Prince
    10discovered 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 of it.

    LEONATO

    Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?

    ANTONIO

    15A good sharp fellow. I will send for him, and question him
    yourself.
  • LEONATO and ANTONIO enter.

    LEONATO

    Hey, brother. Tell me, where is my nephew, your son? Has he taken care of the music?

    ANTONIO

    He is taking care of it as we speak. But brother, I have some strange news for you.

    LEONATO

    Is it good news?

    ANTONIO

    Well, it seems like good news. A servant of mine overheard the Prince and Claudio talking as they walked through my orchard. The Prince said that he is in love with Hero, your daughter, and that he is going to tell her so at the dance tonight. If he she wants to marry him, too, he’s going to find you and ask for her hand immediately.

    LEONATO

    Is this servant of yours a smart man?

    ANTONIO

    He’s very bright. I’ll get him to come here, and you can ask him yourself.