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BENEDICK.-Crimson jacket, embroidered with gold, white satin and gold trunks, white silk pantaloops, russet boots with scarlet tops, blue silk sash, a sword, round purple hat, and white plumes. Second dress, slate coloured cloak, with white trimming.
DON PEDRO.-Purple jacket, embroidered, scarlet and gold trunks, white pantaloons, russet boots, sword, round purple hat, and white plumes.
CLAUDIO.-Blue jacket, embroidered, scarlet and gold trunks, blue sash, sword, white silk pantaloons, russet boots, round black velvet hat, and white plumes.
LEONATO.-Black jacket, trimmed with bugles, black trunks, sword, stockings, shoes, and roses.
DON JOHN.-Scarlet and gold jacket, with low points all round the bottom, blue trunks, sword, white pantaloons, russet boots, with light blue tops, round blue hat, and white plumes.
BALTHAZAR.-Light blue jacket, white trimming, fawn-coloured pantaloons, russet boots, round hat, and plumes.
BORACHIO.-Olive-brown jacket, trimmed with black, light blue pantaloons, trimmed with the same, russet boots, and scarlet tops.
CONRAD.-Light blue jacket, buff pantaloons, and russet boots.
DOGBERRY-Coarse French grey coat, with a belt of the same colour, coarse grey pantaloons, very low, nearly covering his shoes, huge formal black hat.
VERGES.-Coarse dark suit, blue stockiugg, black shoes, large black hat.
SEXTON.-A suit of coarse black, no hat.
OATCAKE and WATCHMEN.-Coarse grey and brown dresses, Jarge leather belts, long staves.
BEATRICE.-White satin dress, with a long train, richly ornamented with gold and silver.
HERO.-Pink satin dress, with silver trimming. Second dress, white satin, with white muslin veil.
MARGARET.-Slate-coloured satin dress, ditto.
Mr. C. Kemble.
Mr. W. Farren.
The Conductors of this work print no Plays but those which they have seen acted. The Stage Directions are given from their own personal observations, during the most recent performances.
The instant a Character appears upon the Stage, the point of Entrance, as well as every subsequent change of Position, till its Erit, is noted, with a fidelity which may in all cases be relied on; the object being, to establish this work as a Standard Guide to the Stage business, as now conducted on the London boards.
EXITS and ENTRANCES. R. means Right; L. Left; R.D. Right Door; L.D. Left Door; S.E. Second Entrance; U.E. Upper Entrance; M.D. Middle Door.
RELATIVE POSITIONS. R. means Right; L. Left; C. Centre; R. C. Right of Centre; L.C. Left of Centre. The following view of the stage with Five Performers in front, will, it is presumed, fully demonstrate the Relative Positions.
The Readeris supposed to be on the Stage facing the Audience
Claudio. We have been up and down to seek thee; for we are high-proof melancholy, and would fain have it heaten away: wilt thou use thy wit?
Benedick. It is in my scabbard ; shall I draw it?
Claudio. What I courage, man! what, though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.
Benedick. Sir, I shall meet your wit in the career, an you charge it against me ; I pray you, choose another subject.
ACT V. SCENE 1.
Much Ado about Nothing.
SCENE I.—The court before Leonato's house.-Leo
NATO reading a letter, HERO, BEATRICE, and BalTHASAR, advancing through a gate, L. U.E. Leon." (L. c.) I learn in this letter, that Don Pedro, of Arragon, comes this night to Messina.
Balth. (L.) He is very near by this; he was not three leagues off when I left him.
Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action ?
Balth. But few of any sort, and none of name.
Leon. A victory is iwice itself, when the achitro brings home full numbers. I find here, that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honour on a young Florentine, called Claudio.
Balth. Much deserved on his part, and equally remembered by Don Pedro; he hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age; doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion.
Leon. He hath an uncle here in Messina, will be very much glad of it.
Balth. I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him ; even so much, that joy could not show itself niodest enough without a badge of bitterness.
Leon. Did he break out into tears?
Leon. A kind overflow of kindness; there are 110 faces truer than those that are so washed.
Beatr. (R.) I pray you, is Signior Montanto returned from the wars ?
Balth. I know none of that name, lady; there was none such in the army of any sort.
Leon. What is he that you ask for, niece?
Hero. (R. C.) My cousin means Signior Benedick, of Padua.