And be you blithe and bonny–

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

William Shakespeare

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

Catherine Tate, 2011

Catherine Tate, Much Ado About Nothing 2011

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

David Tennant, 2011

David Tennant, Much Ado About Nothing 2011

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

Amy Acker, 2012

Amy Acker, Much Ado About Nothing 2012

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

Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson, 1993

Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson, Much Ado About Nothing 1993


Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s David Tennant & Catherine Tate singing “Sigh No More.”


2 thoughts on “And be you blithe and bonny–

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