Dear ladies and gentlemen, a few words on love on this Singles Awareness Day from my dear Lady Disdain and the prince’s Jester.
Because we could all use a little more quality literature this weekend.
Much Ado About Nothing
He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.
—Beatrice, Act II, scene i
Benedick: I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is
not that strange?
Beatrice: I love you with so much of my heart that none is
left to protest.
Act IV, scene i
Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkissed.
—Beatrice, Act V, scene ii
Beatrice: …alas, poor heart!
If you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for
yours; for I will never love that which my friend hates.
Benedick: Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.
Act V, scene 2
Serve God, love me, and mend.
—Benedick, Act V, scene 2
Benedick: Do not you love me?
Beatrice: Why, no; no more than reason.
Act V, scene 4
In brief, since I do
purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any
purpose that the world can say against it; and
therefore never flout at me for what I have said
against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my
—Benedick, Act V, scene 4
Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s David Tennant & Catherine Tate singing “Sigh No More.”