Speeches (Lines) for Messenger in "Much Ado About Nothing"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 1
  • He is very near by this: he was not three leagues off
    when I left him.
  • He is very near by this: he was not three leagues off
    when I left him.
  • Leonato. I learn in this letter that Don Peter of Arragon
    comes this night to Messina.

    Messenger. He is very near by this: he was not three leagues off
    when I left him.

2 I / 1
  • But few of any sort, and none of name.
  • But few of any sort, and none of name.
  • Leonato. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action?

    Messenger. But few of any sort, and none of name.

3 I / 1
  • Much deserved on his part and equally remembered by
    Don Pedro: he hath borne...
  • 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: he hath indeed better
    bettered expectation than you must expect of me to
    tell you how.
  • Leonato. A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings
    home full numbers. I find here that Don Peter hath
    bestowed much honour on a young Florentine called Claudio.

    Messenger. 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: he hath indeed better
    bettered expectation than you must expect of me to
    tell you how.

4 I / 1
  • I have already delivered him letters, and there
    appears much joy in him; eve...
  • I have already delivered him letters, and there
    appears much joy in him; even so much that joy could
    not show itself modest enough without a badge of
    bitterness.
  • Leonato. He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much
    glad of it.

    Messenger. I have already delivered him letters, and there
    appears much joy in him; even so much that joy could
    not show itself modest enough without a badge of
    bitterness.

5 I / 1
  • In great measure.
  • In great measure.
  • Leonato. Did he break out into tears?

    Messenger. In great measure.

6 I / 1
  • I know none of that name, lady: there was none such
    in the army of any sort....
  • I know none of that name, lady: there was none such
    in the army of any sort.
  • Beatrice. I pray you, is Signior Mountanto returned from the
    wars or no?

    Messenger. I know none of that name, lady: there was none such
    in the army of any sort.

7 I / 1
  • O, he's returned; and as pleasant as ever he was.
  • O, he's returned; and as pleasant as ever he was.
  • Hero. My cousin means Signior Benedick of Padua.

    Messenger. O, he's returned; and as pleasant as ever he was.

8 I / 1
  • He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.
  • He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.
  • Leonato. Faith, niece, you tax Signior Benedick too much;
    but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not.

    Messenger. He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.

9 I / 1
  • And a good soldier too, lady.
  • And a good soldier too, lady.
  • Beatrice. You had musty victual, and he hath holp to eat it:
    he is a very valiant trencherman; he hath an
    excellent stomach.

    Messenger. And a good soldier too, lady.

10 I / 1
  • A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuffed with all
    honourable virtues.
  • A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuffed with all
    honourable virtues.
  • Beatrice. And a good soldier to a lady: but what is he to a lord?

    Messenger. A lord to a lord, a man to a man; stuffed with all
    honourable virtues.

11 I / 1
  • Is't possible?
  • Is't possible?
  • Beatrice. Alas! he gets nothing by that. In our last
    conflict four of his five wits went halting off, and
    now is the whole man governed with one: so that if
    he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him
    bear it for a difference between himself and his
    horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left,
    to be known a reasonable creature. Who is his
    companion now? He hath every month a new sworn brother.

    Messenger. Is't possible?

12 I / 1
  • I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.
  • I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.
  • Beatrice. Very easily possible: he wears his faith but as
    the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the
    next block.

    Messenger. I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.

13 I / 1
  • He is most in the company of the right noble Claudio.
  • He is most in the company of the right noble Claudio.
  • Beatrice. No; an he were, I would burn my study. But, I pray
    you, who is his companion? Is there no young
    squarer now that will make a voyage with him to the devil?

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

14 I / 1
  • I will hold friends with you, lady.
  • I will hold friends with you, lady.
  • Beatrice. O Lord, he will hang upon him like a disease: he
    is sooner caught than the pestilence, and the taker
    runs presently mad. God help the noble Claudio! if
    he have caught the Benedick, it will cost him a
    thousand pound ere a' be cured.

    Messenger. I will hold friends with you, lady.

15 I / 1
  • Don Pedro is approached.
  • Don Pedro is approached.
  • Beatrice. No, not till a hot January.

    Messenger. Don Pedro is approached.

16 III / 5
  • My lord, they stay for you to give your daughter to
    her husband.
  • My lord, they stay for you to give your daughter to
    her husband.
  • Leonato. Drink some wine ere you go: fare you well.

    Messenger. My lord, they stay for you to give your daughter to
    her husband.

17 V / 4
  • My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight,
    And brought with armed men ba...
  • My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight,
    And brought with armed men back to Messina.
  • Benedick. First, of my word; therefore play, music. Prince,
    thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife:
    there is no staff more reverend than one tipped with horn.

    Messenger. My lord, your brother John is ta'en in flight,
    And brought with armed men back to Messina.

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