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(2) — he is no less than a stufft man: but for the Stuffing well, we are all mortal.] Thus has this Paffage been all along ftop'd, from the very firft Edition downwards. If any of the Editors could extra& Sense from this Pointing, their Sagacity is a Pitch above mine. I believe, by my Regulation, I have

retriev'd the Poet's true Meaning. Our Poet seems to use the · Word Stuffing here much as Plautus does in his Mostellaria ; Act. 1. Sc, 3. Nox Veftem amatores mulieris amant, sed Veftis fartum. A4 .

Mel. Mej. I fee, Lady, the gentleman is not in your books.

Beat. No; an he were,' I would burn my Study. But, I pray you, who is his companion ? is there no young {quarer now, that will make a voyage with him to the devil?

Mell. He is most in the company of the right noble Claudio.

Beat. O lord, he will hang upon him like a disease; he is sooner caught than the peftilence, and the taker runs presently mad. God help the noble Claudio, if he have caught the Benedick; it will cost him a thousand pounds ere he be cur’d.

Mel. I will hold friends with you, Lady.
Beat. Do, good friend.
Leon. You'll ne'er run mad, Neice.
Beat. No, not 'till a hot January.
Mej. Don Pedro is approach'd.
Enter Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, Balthazar and

Don John. Pedro. Good Signior Leonato, you are come to meet your trouble: the fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.

Leon. Never came trouble to my house in the likeness of your Grace ; for trouble being gone, comfort should remain; but when you depart froin me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes his leave.

Pedro. You embrace your charge too willingly: I think, this is your daughter."

Leon. Her mother hath many times told me fo. Bene. Were you in doubt, Sir, that you askt her?

Leon. Signior Benedick, no; for then were you a child.

Pedro. You have it full, Benedick; We may guess by this what you are, being a man: truly, the lady fathers her self; be happy, lady, for you are like an honourable father. .

Bene. If Signior Leonato be her Father, she would not have his head on her shoulders for all Mefina, as like him as the is.


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