Act 1, Scene 2

A room in LEONATO’s house.

[Enter LEONATO and ANTONIO, meeting]

Leonato. How now, brother! Where is my cousin, your son? 
hath he provided this music?

Antonio. He is very busy about it. But, brother, I can tell
you strange news that you yet dreamt not of.

Leonato. Are they good?

Antonio. As the event stamps them: but they have a good 
cover; they show well outward. The prince and Count 
Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached alley in mine
orchard, were thus much overheard by a man of mine: 
the prince discovered to Claudio that he loved my 
niece your daughter and meant to acknowledge it 
this night in a dance: and if he found her 
accordant, he meant to take the present time by the
top and instantly break with you of it.

Leonato. Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?

Antonio. A good sharp fellow: I will send for him; and 
question him yourself.

Leonato. No, no; we will hold it as a dream till it appear
itself: but I will acquaint my daughter withal, 
that she may be the better prepared for an answer, 
if peradventure this be true. Go you and tell her of it. 
[Enter Attendants] 
Cousins, you know what you have to do. O, I cry you
mercy, friend; go you with me, and I will use your 
skill. Good cousin, have a care this busy time.