• Enter LEONATO,ANTONIO, HERO,BEATRICE, URSULA andMARGARET

    LEONATO

    Was not Count John here at supper?

    ANTONIO

    I saw him not.

    BEATRICE

    How tartly that gentleman looks! I never can see him but I
    am heartburned an hour after.

    HERO

    5He is of a very melancholy disposition.

    BEATRICE

    He were an excellent man that were made just in the
    midway between him and Benedick. The one is too like an
    image and says nothing, and the other too like my lady’s
    eldest son, evermore tattling.

    LEONATO

    10Then half Signor Benedick’s tongue in Count John’s
    mouth, and half Count John’s melancholy in Signor
    Benedick’s face—

    BEATRICE

    With a good leg and a good foot, uncle, and money enough
    in his purse, such a man would win any woman in the
    15world, if he could get her goodwill.

    LEONATO

    By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband if
    thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

    ANTONIO

    In faith, she’s too curst.
  • LEONATO, ANTONIO HERO BEATRICE URSULA, and MARGARET enter.

    LEONATO

    Wasn’t Don John at dinner tonight?

    ANTONIO

    I didn’t see him.

    BEATRICE

    That man always looks so sour! Just looking at him gives me heartburn.

    HERO

    He has a very gloomy attitude.

    BEATRICE

    It would be excellent if they could make a man halfway between Don John and Benedick. One of them is too much like a painting of a man—he never speaks—and the other is too much like a spoiled little boy, always chattering.

    LEONATO

    So, the man would talk half as much as Benedick and be half as serious as Don John—

    BEATRICE

    And if he were handsome, agile, and rich, too, he could have any woman in the world—all he’d need was her good will.

    LEONATO

    Really, niece, you’ll never get a husband if you keep saying such harsh things about people.

    ANTONIO

    Honestly, she is too ill-tempered.