Much Ado About Nothing

Sweet prince, let me go no farther to mi

Borachio

Much Ado About Nothing

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Act 5 Scene 1
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Messina, sixteenth century
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Monologue Context

Borrachio has just been arrested by Dogsberry, the local policeman and master of the malapropism.

Monologue Text

Sweet prince, let me go no farther to mine answer: do you hear me, and let this count kill me. I have deceived even your very eyes: what your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light: who in the night overheard me confessing to this man how Don John your brother incensed me to slander the Lady Hero, how you were brought into the orchard and saw me court Margaret in Hero's garments, how you disgraced her, when you should marry her: my villany they have upon record; which I had rather seal with my death than repeat over to my shame. The lady is dead upon mine and my master's false accusation; and, briefly, I desire nothing but the reward of a villain.

William Shakespeare. Much Ado About Nothing Act V, sc.1, ll.223-236




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