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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing


by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing Maturity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line) Line numbers correspond to the Riverside edition.

Quote #1

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. (1.1.12-17)

Claudio isn’t just praised for being a great soldier: it’s of particular importance that one so young has proven himself on the battlefield. This qualification will be important throughout the play. Though Claudio will have adult feelings (especially about love), he’s still young. While he has experience in battle, he has no such experience yet with love, which sheds light on his immature behavior towards Hero.

Quote #2

Well, as time shall try.
In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. (1.1.255-256)

Don Pedro’s been around the block, and he’s mature enough to realize that even the savage bull can be tamed. He knows men can change their minds, which is, interestingly, exactly the conclusion Benedick comes to in the very end of the play... after he’s had some time to mature himself.

Quote #3

How sweetly you do minister to love,
That know love's grief by his complexion!
But lest my liking might too sudden seem,
I would have salved it with a longer treatise. (1.1.307-310)

Even Claudio recognizes that seeming to fall in love quickly is a mark of immaturity.

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