Kiska (ifritah) wrote,
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Shakespeare meme!



BENEDICK
Come, bid me do any thing for thee.

BEATRICE
Kill Claudio.

BENEDICK
Ha! not for the wide world.

BEATRICE
You kill me to deny it. Farewell.

BENEDICK
Tarry, sweet Beatrice.

BEATRICE
I am gone, though I am here: there is no love in
you: nay, I pray you, let me go.

BENEDICK
Beatrice,--

BEATRICE
In faith, I will go.

BENEDICK
We'll be friends first.

BEATRICE
You dare easier be friends with me than fight with mine enemy.

BENEDICK
Is Claudio thine enemy?

BEATRICE
Is he not approved in the height a villain, that
hath slandered, scorned, dishonoured my kinswoman? O
that I were a man! What, bear her in hand until they
come to take hands; and then, with public
accusation, uncovered slander, unmitigated rancour,
--O God, that I were a man! I would eat his heart
in the market-place.

BENEDICK
Hear me, Beatrice,--

BEATRICE
Talk with a man out at a window! A proper saying!

BENEDICK
Nay, but, Beatrice,--

BEATRICE
Sweet Hero! She is wronged, she is slandered, she is undone.

BENEDICK
Beat--

BEATRICE
Princes and counties! Surely, a princely testimony,
a goodly count, Count Comfect; a sweet gallant,
surely! O that I were a man for his sake! or that I
had any friend would be a man for my sake! But
manhood is melted into courtesies, valour into
compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and
trim ones too: he is now as valiant as Hercules
that only tells a lie and swears it. I cannot be a
man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving.

***

This scene breaks my heart every time I read/see it. This strong-willed woman wants to seek vengeance on her cousin's behalf, but since she is a woman, cannot do so. That she has to plead with a man (granted, one she loves) to exact revenge for her cousin in her stead makes this scene even more heartbreaking to me.

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