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Beatrice and Benedick are at the Masquerade Ball, Benedick is still wearing his mask
Beat. Will you not tell me who told you so?
Bene. No, you shall pardon me.
Beat. Nor will you not tell me who you are?
Bene. Not now.
Beat. That I was disdainful, and that I had my good wit out of the 'Hundred Merry Tales.' Well, this was Signior Benedick that said so.
Bene. What's he?
Beat. I am sure you know him well enough.
Bene. Not I, believe me.
Beat. Did he never make you laugh?
Bene. I pray you, what is he?
Beat. Why, he is the prince's jester: a very dull fool; only his gift is in devising impossible slanders: none but libertines delight in him; and the commendation is not in his wit, but in his villany; for he both pleases men and angers them, and then they laugh at him and beat him. I am sure he is in the fleet: I would he had boarded me!
Bene. When I know the gentleman, I'll tell him what you say.
Beat. Do, do: he'll but break a comparison or two on me; which, peradventure not marked or not laughed at, strikes him into melancholy; and then there's a partridge wing saved, for the fool will eat no supper that night. Music within. We must follow the leaders.
Later on in the scene...
D. Pedro. Look! here she comes.
Bene. Will your Grace command me any service to the world's end? I will go on the slightest errand now to the Antipodes that you can devise to send me on; I will fetch you a toothpicker now from the furthest inch of Asia; bring you the length of Prester John's foot; fetch you a hair off the Great Cham's beard; do you any embassage to the Pigmies, rather than hold three words' conference with this harpy. You have no employment for me?
D. Pedro. None, but to desire your good company.
Bene. O God, sir, here's a dish I love not: I cannot endure my Lady Tongue. Exit.
D. Pedro. Come, lady, come; you have lost the heart of Signior Benedick.
Beat. Indeed, my lord, he lent it me awhile; and I gave him use for it, a double heart for a single one: marry, once before he won it of me with false dice, therefore your Grace may well say I have lost it.
D. Pedro. You have put him down, lady, you have put him down.
Beat. So I would not he should do me, my lord, lest I should prove the mother of fools.
Ouch that was harsh, Beatrice. Poor Benedick! I can't stand my lady's tongue sometimes, don't feel bad, and don't let her get you down! I know how you feel, but at least she feels remorse about it, too bad he didn't apologize that might have fixed things between them...
Bene.One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace. Rich she shall be, that's certain; wise, or I'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her; fair, or I'll never look on her; mild, or come not near me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall be of what colour it please God. Ha! the prince and Monsieur Love! I will hide me in the arbour. Withdraws.
At least I'm not that picky. Geez you'd think I would have better luck with woman, I mean I have a good career, no nasty habits, handsome, smart...
Beat. Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.
Bene. Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains.
Beat. I took no more pains for those thanks than you take pains to thank me: if it had been painful, I would not have come.
Bene. You take pleasure then in the message?
Beat. Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knife's point, and choke a daw withal. You have no stomach, signior: fare you well. Exit.
Bene. Ha! 'Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner,' there's a double meaning in that. 'I took no more pains for those thanks than you took pains to thank me,' that's as much as to say, Any pains that I take for you is as easy as thanks. If I do not take pity of her, I am a villain; if I do not love her, I am a Jew. I will go get her picture. Exit.
Yikes, put that knife down Beatrice! NO Benedick don't fall for their trap!
Beat. Advancing. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?
Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much?
Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu!
No glory lives behind the back of such.
And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee,
Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand:
If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee
To bind our loves up in a holy band,
For others say thou dost deserve, and I
Believe it better than reportingly. Exit.
Wow, look at how happy they are. They've been had and don't even know it, and they're willing to love each other back just because they think that the other loves them. Interesting philosophy...
Bene. Lady Beatrice, have you wept all this while?
Beat. Yea, and I will weep a while longer.
Bene. I will not desire that.
Beat. You have no reason; I do it freely.
Bene. Surely I do believe your fair cousin is wronged.
Beat. Ah! how much might the man deserve of me that would right her.
Bene. Is there any way to show such friendship?
Beat. A very even way, but no such friend.
Bene. May a man do it?
Beat. It is a man's office, but not yours.
Bene. I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?
Beat. As strange as the thing I know not. It were as possible for me to say I loved nothing so well as you; but believe me not, and yet I lie not; I confess nothing, nor I deny nothing. I am sorry for my cousin.
Bene. By my sword, Beatrice, thou lovest me.
Beat. Do not swear by it, and eat it.
Bene. I will swear by it that you love me; and I will make him eat it that says I love not you.
Beat. Will you not eat your word?
Bene. With no sauce that can be devised to it. I protest I love thee.
Beat. Why then, God forgive me!
Bene. What offence, sweet Beatrice?
Beat. You have stayed me in a happy hour:
I was about to protest I loved you.
Bene. And do it with all thy heart.
Beat. I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.
They just admitted to each other the one thing Mac and I are too afraid to even say. Wait, what the hell did I just say?! I've always thought that she might feel the same way I feel about her, but the chance that she might not keep's me from saying anything to her. We're just like Beatrice and Benedick...
Just then his phone rang, jarring him out of his thought. Harm got up paused the movie and grabbed the phone.
"Hey it's me."
"Hey what's going on?"
"Just wanted to remind you to bring in the Ferguson case file tomorrow. I didn't get a chance to mention it to you before you secured for the day."
"No problem, Mac. I was planning on working on that a little later tonight."
"Great thanks. What are you doing?"
"Eating some pasta and watching a movie before I go back to work."
"What are you watching? Top Gun again." She teased.
"Uh...yeah you know me and jets." He said not wanting to reveal quite yet, what he was really watching.
"Okay well I need to get back to work. See you tomorrow Harm!"
"See ya, Mac."
Harm put the phone back on the hook, picked up the remote and hit play to finish the movie. About a half and hour later the credits rolled up.
Wow I actually enjoyed that. It was rather enlightening too. I wonder what Mac's reasons are for choosing this one as her favorite? I also wonder, 'For which of my bad parts did thou first love me?' he said quoting one of Benedick's lines. I know who to go as know, it just hit me. I can pull it off....!
Back at AJ's home Meredith and AJ were curled up on the couch reading. Meredith looked up at AJ.
"Yeah." He said still reading his book.
"You need to keep Harm and Mac separated. Send one on a TAD assignment or something. If my guts are right, then Harm did rent the movie and I don't want the plan to come out until the most opportune moment."
"I understand. I'll check the board tomorrow and see what can be done. No guarantees though, the job comes first at the moment."
"I'll call Harriet in the morning and have her, Jen, and Bud run interference if need be."
Harm and Mac both finished up their work and went to bed, both falling asleep with new revelations to ponder. However, unbeknownst to the two secret lovers, a plan had been devised to insure the desired results...