You may light on a husband that hath no beard.
What should I do with him? dress him in my apparel
and make him my waiting-gentlewoman? He that
beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no
beard is less than a man: and he that is more
a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a
man, I am not for him: therefore, I will even take
in earnest of the bear-ward, and lead his
apes into hell.
Well, then, go you into hell?
No, but to the gate; and there will the devil meet
me, like an old cuckold, with horns on his head, and
'Get you to heaven, Beatrice, get you to
heaven; here's no place for you maids:' so deliver
I up my apes,
and away to Saint Peter for the
heavens; he shows me where the bachelors sit, and
there live we as merry
as the day is long.
[To HERO] Well, niece, I trust you will be ruled
by your father.
Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make curtsy
and say 'Father, as it please you.' But yet for all
let him be a handsome fellow, or else
make another curtsy and say 'Father, as it please
Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.
Not till God make men of some other metal than
earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be
with a pierce of valiant dust? to make
an account of her life to a clod of wayward marl?
No, uncle, I'll
none: Adam's sons are my brethren;
and, truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.
Daughter, remember what I told you: if the prince
do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer.
The fault will be in the music, cousin, if you be
not wooed in good time: if the prince be too
him there is measure in every thing
and so dance out the answer. For, hear me, Hero:
and repenting, is as a Scotch jig,
a measure, and a cinque pace: the first suit is hot
and hasty, like a Scotch
jig, and full as
fantastical; the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a
measure, full of state and ancientry; and
repentance and, with his bad legs, falls into the
cinque pace faster and faster, till he sink into
Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly.
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