Much Ado About Nothing

Act II, Scene I: What does Beatrice use describe the process of wooing, wedding, and repenting?


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Beatrice describes the process by using various popular dances.

For hear me, Hero, wooing, wedding, and repenting is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinquepace.

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 then comes repentance, and with his bad legs falls into the cinquepace faster and faster till he sink into his grave.


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