To celebrate Valentine’s Day, this week’s Quote of the Fortnight is selected dialogue from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, one of the first modern romantic comedies. The play was most recently adapted to film by Joss Whedon, shooting the film in two weeks at his house. The film is available on Netflix, but before you watch it, you can read this quote, depicting the scene when the witty couple of Benedict and Beatrice profess their affection to each other.
Benedick: “A miracle. Here’s our own hands against our hearts. Come, I will have thee, but by this light I take thee for pity.
Beatrice: I would not deny you, but by this good day, I yield upon great persuasion, and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in a consumption.
Benedick: Peace. I will stop your mouth.”