Speeches (Lines) for Watchman
in "Much Ado about Nothing"

Total: 10

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Dogberry. True, and they are to meddle with none but the
prince's subjects. You shall also make no noise in
the streets; for, for the watch to babble and to
talk is most tolerable and not to be endured.

Watchman. We will rather sleep than talk: we know what
belongs to a watch.



Dogberry. Why, you speak like an ancient and most quiet
watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping should
offend: only, have a care that your bills be not
stolen. Well, you are to call at all the
ale-houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed.

Watchman. How if they will not?



Dogberry. Why, then, let them alone till they are sober: if
they make you not then the better answer, you may
say they are not the men you took them for.

Watchman. Well, sir.



Dogberry. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue
of your office, to be no true man; and, for such
kind of men, the less you meddle or make with them,
why the more is for your honesty.

Watchman. If we know him to be a thief, shall we not lay
hands on him?



Verges. If you hear a child cry in the night, you must call
to the nurse and bid her still it.

Watchman. How if the nurse be asleep and will not hear us?



Dogberry. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night: an there be
any matter of weight chances, call up me: keep your
fellows' counsels and your own; and good night.
Come, neighbour.

Watchman. Well, masters, we hear our charge: let us go sit here
upon the church-bench till two, and then all to bed.



Borachio. What Conrade!

Watchman. [Aside] Peace! stir not.



Borachio. Stand thee close, then, under this pent-house, for
it drizzles rain; and I will, like a true drunkard,
utter all to thee.

Watchman. [Aside] Some treason, masters: yet stand close.



Borachio. Tush! I may as well say the fool's the fool. But
seest thou not what a deformed thief this fashion

Watchman. [Aside] I know that Deformed; a' has been a vile
thief this seven year; a' goes up and down like a
gentleman: I remember his name.



Sexton. What else?

Watchman. This is all.

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