Odd Quirks and Remnants

Just randomly, because Kate and I were quoting part of the passage last night:

“Benedick: … Love me!

why, it must be requited. I hear how I am censured:

they say I will bear myself proudly, if I perceive

the love come from her; they say too that she will

rather die than give any sign of affection. I did

never think to marry: I must not seem proud: happy

are they that hear their detractions and can put

them to mending. They say the lady is fair; ’tis a

truth, I can bear them witness; and virtuous; ’tis

so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving

me; by my troth, it is no addition to her wit, nor

no great argument of her folly, for I will be

horribly in love with her. I may chance have some

odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me,

because I have railed so long against marriage: but

doth not the appetite alter? a man loves the meat

in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of

the brain awe a man from the career of his humour?

No, the world must be peopled. When I said I would

die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I

were married. …”

–“Much Ado About Nothing,” Act 2, Scene 3

I can’t read or hear this passage without seeing and hearing Kenneth Branagh’s peformance in his movie version of the play.

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