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Censume away in sighs, waste idwardly:

D. Pedro. Draw it. It were a better death than die with mocks;

Bene. Hang it! Weich is as bad as die with tickling.

Claud. You must hang it first, and draw it afterUrs Yet tell her of it; hear what she will say. wards. Hero. No; rather I will go to Benedick,

D. Pedro. What ? sigh for the tooth-ach ? And counsel him to fight against his passion :

Leon. Where is but a humour, or a worm ? And, truly, I'll devise some honest slanders

Bene. Well, every one can master a grief, but he Te stain my cousin with : One doth not know, that has it. How much an ill word may empoison liking.

Claud. Yet, say I, he is in love. Urs. O, do not do your cousin such a wrong. D. Pedro. There is no appearance of fancy in She cannot be so much without true judgment, him, unless it be a fancy that he hath to strange dis(Having so swift and excellent a wit,

guises; as, to be a Dutchman to-day; a FrenchAs she is priz'd to have,) as to refuse

man to-morrow; or in the shape of two countries So raz a gentleman as signior Benedick.

at once, as, a German from the waist downward, Hers. He is the only man of Italy,

all slops; and a Spaniard from the hip upward, Always excepted my dear Claudio.

no doublet : Unless he have a fancy to this foolery, [sI pray you, be not angry with me, madam, as it appears he hath, he is no fool for fancy, as you Speaking my fancy ; signior Benedick,

would have it appear he is. Far shape, for bearing, argument, and valour, Claud. If he be not in love with some woman, Goes foremost in report through Italy.

there is no believing old signs : he brushes his hat Hers. Indeed, he hath an excellent good name. o' mornings; What should that bode ?

Urs. His excellence did earn it, ere he had it. D. Pedro. Hath any man seen him at the barber's? When are you married, madam ?

Claud. No, but the barber's man hath been seen Hea. Wby, every day ; – to-morrow : Come, with him ; and the old ornament of his chcek hath

already stuffed tennis-balls. 111 show thee some attires; and have thy counsel, Leon. Indeed, he looks younger than he did, by Which is the best to furnish me to-morrow.

the loss of a beard. Urs. She's lim'd I warrant you ; we have caught D. Pedro. Nay, he rubs himself with civet: Can her, madam.

you smell him out by that ? Hori. If it prove so, then loving goes by haps : Claud. That's as much as to say, The sweet Seine Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. youth's in love.

(Exeunt Hero and URSULA. D. Pedro. The greatest note of it is his melanBEATRICE advances.


Claud. And when was he wont to wash his face? Bent. What fire is in mine cars? Can this be true? D. Pedro. Yea, or to paint himself? for the

Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much? which, I hear what they say of him.
Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu ! Claud. Nay, but his jesting spirit ; which is now
No glory lives behind the back of such.

crept into a lutestring, and now governed by stops. And, Benedick, love on, I will requite thee;

D. Pedro. Indeed, that tells a heavy tale for Tming my wild heart to thy loving hand; him : Conclude, conclude, he is in love. If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee Claud. Nay, but I know who loves him. To bind our loves up in a holy band :

D. Pedro. That would I know too; I warrant, For others say, thou dost deserve ; and I

one that knows him not. Believe it better than reportingly.

[Erit. Claud. Yes, and his ill conditions ; and, in de

spite of all, dies for him. SCENE II.- A Room in Leonato's House. D. Pedro. She shall be buried with her face Erier Don PEDRO, CLAUDIO, BENEDICK, and

upwards. Leonato.

Bene. Yet is this no charm for the tooth-ach.

Old signior, walk aside with me; I have studied D. Petro. I do but stay till your marriage be eight or nine wise words to speak to you, which consummate, and then I go toward Arragon. these hobby-horses must not hear. Card. I'll bring you thither, my lord, if you'll

[Exeunt BENEDICK and LEONATO. Fuchsafe me.

D. Pedro. For my life, to break with him about D. Pedro. Nay, that would be as great a soil in Beatrice. the new gloss of your marriage, as to show a child Claud. 'Tis even so: Hero and Margaret have by Es new coat, and forbid him to wear it. I will this played their parts with Beatrice; and then the cely be bold with Benedick for his company; for, two bears will not bite one another, when they meet. frora the crown of his bead to the sole of his foot, he is all mirth; he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's

Enter Don Joun. bow-string, and the little hangman dare not shoot D. John. My lord and brother, God save you. * lim : be hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his D. Pedro. Good den, brother. tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks, D. John. If your leisure served, I would speak is tongue speaks. Bene. Gallants, I am not as I have been.

D. Pedro. In private? Lesn. So say I ; methinks, you are sadder. D. John. If it please you ;- yet count Claudio Claud. I hope, he be in love.

may hear; for what I would speak of, concerns him. D. Pedro. Hang him, truant ; there's no true D. Pedro. What's the matter? drop of blood in hirn, to be truly touch'd with love: if he be sad, he wants money.

D. John. Means your lordship to be married tomorrow ?

[To ClAUDIO. Bere. I have the tooth-ach.

D. Pedro. You know, he does.

with you.


D. John. I know not that, when he knows what be the most senseless and fit man for the constable I know.

of the watch ; therefore bear you the lantern : This Claud. If there be any impediment, I pray you, is your charge ; You shall comprehend all vagrom discover it.

men ; you are to bid any man stand, in the prince's D. John. You may think, I love you not; let that appear hereafter, and aim better at me by that 2 Watch. How if he will not stand ? I now will manifest : For my brother, I think, he Dogb. Why then, take no note of him, but let holds you well; and in dearness of heart hath holp him go; and presently call the rest of the wateh toto effect your ensuing marriage : surely, suit ill gether, and thank God you are rid of a knave. spent, and labour ill bestowed

Verg. If he will not stand when he is bidden, he D. Pedro. Why, what's the matter ?

is none of the prince's subjects. D. John. I came hither to tell you : and, circum- Dogb. True, and they are to meddle with none stances shortened, (for she hath been too long a talk- but the prince's subjects : - You shall also make no ing of,) the lady is disloyal.

noise in the streets ; for, for the watch to babble Claud. Who? Hero ?

and talk, is most tolerable and not to be endured. D. John. Even she ; Leonato's Hero, your Hero, 2 Watch. We will rather sleep than talk; we every man's Hero.

know what belongs to a watch. Claud. Disloyal ?

Dogb. Why, you speak like an ancient and most D. John. The word is too good to paint out her quiet watchman; for I cannot see how sleeping wickedness ; I could say, she were worse; think you should offend: only, have a care that your bills be of a worse title, and I will fit her to it. Wonder not stolen : · Well, you are to call at all the alenot till further warrant: go but with me, to-night, houses, and bid those that are drunk get them to bed. you shall see her chamber-window entered ; even 2 Watch. How if they will not ? the night before her wedding-day: if you love her Dogb. Why then, let them alone till they are then, to-morrow wed her ; but it would better fit sober; if they make you not then the better answer, your honour to change your mind.

you may say, they are not the men you took them for. Claud. May this be so ?

2 Watch. Well, sir. D. Pedro. I will not think it.

Dogb. If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, D. John. If you dare not trust that you see, con- | by virtue of your office, to be no true man : and, fess not that you know: if you will follow me, I for such kind of men, the less you meddle or make will show you enough; and when you have seen with them, why, the more is for your honesty. more, and heard more, proceed accordingly.

2 Watch. If we know him to be a thief, shall we Claud. If I see any thing to-night why I should not lay hands on him ? not marry her to-morrow; in the congregation, Dogb. Truly, by your office, you may ; but, I where I should wed, there will I shame her. think, they that touch pitch will be defiled: the

D. Pedro. And, as I wooed for thee to obtain most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, her, I will join with thee to disgrace her.

is, to let him show himself what he is, and steal out D. John. I will disparage her no farther, till you of your company. are my witnesses : bear it coldly but till midnight, Verg. You have been always called a merciful and let the issue show itself.

man, partner. D. Pedro. O day untowardly turned !

Dogb. Truly, I would not hang a dog by my Claud. O mischief strangely thwarting! will; much more a man who hath any honesty in

D. John. O plague right well prevented ! him. So will you say, when you have seen the sequel. Verg. If you hear a child cry in the night, you

[Eseunt. must call to the nurse, and bid her still it. SCENE III. – A Street.

2 Watch. How if the nurse be asleep, and will

not hear us? Enter DOGBERRY and VERGES, with the Watch.

Dogb. Why then, depart in peace, and let the Dogb. Are you good men and true ?

child wake her with crying: for the ewe that will Verg. Yea, or else it were pity but they should not hear her lamb when it baes, will never answer a suffer salvation, body and soul.

calf when he bleats. Dogb. Nay, that were a punishment too good Verg. 'Tis very true. for them, if they should have any allegiance in them, Dog). This is the end of the charge. You, conbeing chosen for the prince's watch.

stable, aré to present the prince's own person ; if Very. Well, give them their charge, neighbour you meet the prince in the night, you may stay him. Dogberry,

Verg. Nay by'r lady, that, I think, he cannot. Dogb. First, who think you the most desartless Dogb. Five shillings to one on't, with any man man to be constable ?

that knows the statues, he may stay him: marry, 1 Watch. Hugh Oatcake, sir, or George Sea- not without the prince be willing : for, indeed, the coal ; for they can write and read.

watch ought to offend no man; and it is an offence Dogb. Come hither, neighbour Seacoal: God

to stay a man against his will. hath blessed you with a good name: to be a well- Verg. By'r lady, I think, it be so. favoured man is the gift of fortune ; but to write Dogo. Ha, ha, ha! Well, masters, good night : and read comes by nature.

an there be any matter of weight chances, call up 2 Watch. Both which, master constable,

me: keep your fellows' counsels and your own, and Dogb. You have; I knew it would be your an- good night. — Come, neighbour. swer. Well, for your favour, sir, why, give God 2 Watch. Well, masters, we hear our charge: let thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your us go sit here upon the church-bench till two, and writing and reading, let that appear when there is then all to-bed. no need of such vanity. You are thought here to Dogb. One word more, honest neighbours: I way you, wateh about signior Leonato's door; for but chiefly by my villainy, which did confirm any the wedding being there to-morrow, there is a great slander that Don John had made, away went Claucall to-aight : Adieu, be vigitant, I beseech you. dio enraged ; swore he would meet her as he was

[Ereunt DOGRERBY and VERGES. appointed, next morning at the temple, and there, Enter BORACHIO ana CONRADE,

before the whole congregation, shame her with what

he saw over-night, and send her home again without Bare. What! Conrade,

a husband. Watch. Peace, stir not.

[ Aside. 1 Watch. We charge you in the prince's name, B. Conrade, I say !

stand. Con. Here, man, I am at thy elbow.

2 Watch. Call up the right master Constable : we Bara. Mass, and my elbow itched; I thought, have here recovered the most dangerous piece of bere would a scab follow.

lechery that ever was known in the commonwealth. Con. I will owe thee an answer for that; and now 1 Watch. And one Deformed is one of them; I forward with thy tale.

know him, he wears a lock. Bora. Stand thee close then under this pent

Con. Masters, masters. bouse, for it drizzles rain ; and I will, like a true

2 Watch. You'll be made bring Deformed forth, drankard, utter all to thee.

I warrant you. Watch. (aside.) Some treason, masters ; yet stand Con. Masters, dose.

1 Watch. Never speak; we charge you, let us Bers. Therefore know, I have earned of Don obey you to go with us. John a thousand ducats.

Bora. We are like to prove a goodly commodity, Ca. Is it possible that any villainy should be so being taken up of these men's bills. deze?

Con. A commodity in question, I warrant you. Bar Thou should'st rather ask, if it were possi- Come, we'll obey you. ble any villainy should be so rich; for when rich nilies have need of poor ones, poor ones may SCENE IV. - A Room in Leonato's House. make what price they will. Com. I wonder at it.

Enter HERO, MARGARET, and URSULA. Bors. That shows, thou art unconfrmed: Thou

Hero. Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice, trowest, that the fashion of a doublet, or a hat, or a and desire her to rise. dou, is nothing to a man.

Urs. I will, lady. C. Yes, it is apparel.

Hero. And bid her come hither. Bort. I mean, the fashion.

Urs. Well.

[Erit URSULA. Cer. Yes, the fashion is the fashion.

Marg. Troth, I think, your other rabato were Bora. Tush! I may as well say, the fool's the better. fool. But see'st thou not what a deformed thief this

Hero. No, pray thee, good Meg, I'll wear this. fashion is?

Marg. By my troth, it's not so good ; and I Fetch. I know that Deformed; he has been a

warrant, your cousin will say so. rile thief this seven year; he goes up and down like Hero. My cousin's a fool, and thou art another; a gentleman : I remember his name.

I'll wear none but this. Berg. Didst thou not hear somebody?

Marg. I like the new tire within excellently, if Con. No ; 'twas the vane on the house.

the hair were a thought browner : and your gown's Bard. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed a most rare fashion, i'faith. I saw the duchess of tief this fashion is? how giddily he turns about all Milan's gown, that they praise so. the hot bloods, between fourteen and five and thirty ? Hero. O, that exceeds, they say. sometime, fashioning them like Pharaoh's soldiers Marg. By my troth it's but a night gown in in the reechy painting ; sometime, like god Bel's respect of your's i Cloth of gold, and cuts, and laced priests in the old church window; sometime, like with silver ; set with pearls, down sleeves, sidete sheren Hercules in the smirched worm-eaten sleeves, and skirts round, underborne with a blueish tapestry, where his cod-piece seems as massy as his tinsel : but for a fine, quaint, graceful. and excelclub?

lent fashion, yours is worth ten on't. Con. All this I see; and see, that the fashion Hero. God give me joy to wear it, for my heart wears out more apparel than the man : But art not is exceeding heavy! tou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that thou Marg. "Twill be heavier soon, by the weight of a hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the Eestion ?

Hero. Fye upon thee! art not ashamed ? Bera. Not so neither : but know, that I have to- Marg. Of what lady? of speaking honourably? night wooed Margaret, the lady Hero's gentle- Is not marriage honourable in a beggar? Is not Foan, by the name of Hero; she leans me out at

your lord honourable without marriage! I think, her mistress chamber window, bids me a thousand you would have me say, saving your reverence, times good night, - I tell this tale vilely: - I should a husband : an bad thinking do not wrest true speakkry tell thee, how the Prince, Claudio, and my ing, I'll offend nobody: Is there any harm in master, planted, and placed, and possessed by my the heavier for a husband ? None, I think, an it be Elaster Don John, saw afar off in the orchard this the right husband, and the right wife ; otherwise amiable encounter.

'tis light, and not heavy: Ask my lady Beatrice Con. And thought they, Margaret was Hero? else, here she comes. Bura. Two of them did, the Prince and Claudio;

Enter BEATRICE. but the devil my master knew she was Margaret ; and partly by his oaths, which first possessed them, Hero. Good morrow, coz. partly by the dark night, which did deceive them, Beat. Good morrow, sweet Hero.


Hero. Why, how now! do you speak in the sick Leon. Brief, I pray you; for you see, 'tis a busy tune?

time with me. Beat. I am out of all other tune, methinks. Dogb. Marry, this it is, sir. Marg. Clap us into - Light o' love ; that goes Verg. Yes, in truth it is, sir. without a burden ; do you sing it, and I'll dance it. Leon. What is it, my good friends ?

Beat. Yea, Light o' love, with your heels! — then Dogb. Goodman Verges, sir, speaks a little off if your husband have stables enough, you'll see he the matter : an old man, sir, and his wits are not shall lack no barns.

so blunt, as, God help, I would desire they were ; Marg. O illegitimate construction! I scorn that but, in faith, honest, as the skin between his brows. with my heels.

Verg. Yes, I thank God, I am as honest as any Beat. 'Tis almost five o'clock, cousin ; 'tis time man living, that is an old man, and no honester you were ready. By my troth I am exceeding ill :- than I. hey ho!

Dogb. Comparisons are odorous : palabras, neighMarg. For a hawk, a horse, or a husband ? bour Verges. Beat. For the letter that begins them all, H. Leon. Neighbours, you are tedious.

Marg, Well, an you be not turned Turk, there's Dogb. It pleases your worship to say so, but we no more sailing by the star.

are the poor duke's officers; but, truly, for mine Beat. What means the fool, trow ?

own part, if I were as tedious as a king, I could Marg. Nothing I; but God send every one their find in my heart to bestow it all of your worship. heart's desire !

Leon. All thy tediousness on me! ha! Hero. These gloves the count sent me, they are Dogb. Yea, and 'twere a thousand times more an excellent perfume.

than 'tis : for I hear as good exclamation on your Beat. I am stuffed, cousin, I cannot smell. worship, as of any man in the city; and though I

Marg. A maid, and stuffed! there's goodly catch- be but a poor man, I am glad to hear it. ing of cold.

Verg. And so am I. Beat. 0, God help me! God help me ! how long Leon. I would fain know what you have to say. have you profess'd apprehension ?

Verg. Marry, sir, our watch to-night, excepting Marg. Ever since you left it: doth not my wit your worship’s presence, have ta'en a couple of as become me rarely?

arrant knaves as any in Messina. Beat. It is not seen enough, you should wear it Dogb. A good old man, sir ; he will be talking; in your cap. - By my troth, I am sick.

as they say, When the age is in, the wit is out ; God Marg. Get you some of this distilled Carduus help us! it is a world to see! Well said, i'faith, Benedictus, and lay it to your heart ; it is the only neighbour Verges : - well, God's a good man; an thing for a qualm.

two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind : Hero. There thou prick'st her with a thistle. An honest soul, i'faith, sir ; by my troth he is, as

Beat. Benedictus ! why Benedictus ? you have ever broke bread : but God is to be worshipped : some moral in this Benedictus.

All men are not alike ; alas, good neighbour ! Marg. Moral ? no, by my troth, I have no moral Leon. Indeed, neighbour, he comes too short of meaning; I meant, plain holy-thistle. You may you. think, perchance, that I think you are in love: nay, Dogb. Gifts, that God gives. by'r lady, I am not such a fool to think what I list; Leon. I must leave you. nor I list not to think what I can; nor, indeed, I Dogb. One word, sir : our watch, sir, have, incannot think, if I would think my heart out of deed, comprehended two aspicious persons, and we thinking, that you are in love, or that you will be in would have them this morning examined before love, or that you can be in love: yet Benedick was your worship. such another, and now is he become a man : he Leon. Take their examination yourself, and bring swore he would never marry; and yet now, in despite it me; I am now in great haste, as it may appear of his heart, he eats his meat without grudging: unto you. and how you may be converted, I know not; but, me- Dogb. It shall be suffigance. thinks, you look with your eyes as other women do. Leon. Drink some wine ere you go: fare you well.

Beat. What pace is this that thy tongue keeps?
Marg. Not a false gallop.

Enter a Messenger.
Re-enter URSULA.

Mess. My lord, they stay for you to give your Urs. Madam, withdraw; the prince, the count,

daughter to her husband. signior Benedick, Don John, and all the gallants Leon. I will wait upon them ; I am ready. of the town, are come to fetch you to church.

(Exeunt LEONATO and Messenger. Hero. Help to dress me, good coz, good Meg, Dogb. Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis good Ursula.

[Exeunt. Seacoal, bid him bring his pen and inkhorn to the

gaol : we are now to examination these men. SCENE V. - Another Room in Leonato's House. Verg. And we must do it wisely. Enter LEONATO, with DogBERRY and VERGES.

Dogb. We will spare for no wit, I warrant you ;

here's that touching his forehead. ) shall drive some Leon. What would you with me, honest neigh of them to a non com: only get the learned writer bour?

to set down our excommunication, and meet me at Dogb. Marry, sir, I would have some confidence the gaol.

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SCENE I. - The Inside of a Church. As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown; Exter Don Pedro, Don Jons, LEONATO, Friar, Than Venus, or those pamper'd animals

But you are more intemperate in your blood CLACCIO, BENEDICK, HEBO, and BEATRICE, &C.

That rage in savage sensuality. lor. Come, friar Francis, be brief; only to the Hero. Is my lord well, that he doth speak so wide? plain form of marriage, and you shall recount their Leon. Sweet prince, why speak not you? uticular duties afterwards.

D. Pedro.

What should I speak ? Friar. You come hither, mylord, to marry this lady? I stand dishonour'd, that have gone about Ciud. No.

To link my dear friend to a common stale. Leon. To be married to her, friar; you come to Leon. Are these things spoken? or do I but dream?

D. John. Sir, they are spoken, and these things Friar. Lady, you come hither to be married to is count?

Bene. This looks not like a nuptial. Hero. I do.


True, O God, Frear. If either of you know any inward impedi- Claud. Leonato, stand I here? meat why you should not be conjoined, I charge Is this the prince ? Is this the prince's brother? you, your souls, to utter it.

Is this face Hero's? Are our eyes our own ? Card. Know you any, Hero?

Leon. All this is so; But what of this, my lord ? Hero. None, my lord.

Claud. Let me but move one question to your Friar. Know you any, count?

daughter; Leon. I dare make his answer, none.

And, by that fatherly and kindly power Ciond. O, what men dare do! what men may do! That you have in her, bid her answer truly. stat men daily do! not knowing what they do! Leon. I charge thee do so, as thou art my child.

Bruz. How now! Interjections ? Why, then some Hero. O God defend me! how am I beset! be of laughing, as, ha! ha! he !

What kind of catechising call you this? Cland. Stand thee by, friar : - Father, by your Claud. To make you answer truly to your name. leare;

Herci. Is it not Hero? Who can blot that name Will you with free and unconstrained soul With any just reproach ? Give me this maid, your daughter ?


Marry, that can Hero; Lem. As freely, son, as God did give her me. Hero itself can blot out Hero's virtue. Cizut. And what have I to give you back, whose What man was he talk'd with you yesternight worth

Out at your window, betwixt twelve and one ? May counterpoise this rich and precious gift? Now, if you are a maid, answer to this. D. Pedro. Nothing, unless you render her again. Hero. I talk'd with no man at that hour, my lord. Card. Sweet prince, you learn me noble thank- D. Pedro. Why, then are you no maiden. fulness.

Leonato, There, Iconato, take her back again ;

I am sorry you must hear ; Upon mine honour, Give not this rotten orange to your friend; Myself, my brother, and this grieved count, Sere's but the sign and semblance of her honour : Did see her, hear her, at that hour last night, Behold, how like a maid she blushes here:

Talk with a ruffian at her chamber-window; 0, ulat authority and show of truth

Who hath, indeed, most like a liberal villain, Car cunning sin corer itself withal !

Confess'd the vile encounters they have had Cones not that blood, as modest evidence,

A thousand times in secret. To witness simple virtue? Would you not swear, D. John.

Fy, fye! they are All you that see her, that she were a maid, Not to be nam'd my lord, not to be spoke of ; Be these exterior shows? But she is none :

There is not chastity enough in language. She knows the heat of a luxurious bed :

Without offence, to utter them: Thus, pretty lady, He blush is guiltiness, not modesty.

I am sorry for thy much misgovernment. La. What do you mean, my lord ?

Claud. O Hero! what a Hero hadst thou been, Ciazd.

Not to be married, If half thy outward graces had been placed No kait my soul to an approved wanton.

About thy thoughts, and counsels of thy heart! Lea Dear my lord, if you, in your own proof But, fare thee well, most foul, most fair ! farewell, Hare vanquish'd the resistance of her youth, Thou pure impiety, and impious purity! Asd malé defeat of her virginity,

For thee I'll lock up all the gates of love, Card. I know what you would say; If I have And on my eye-lids shall conjecture hang, known her,

To turn all beauty into thoughts of harm,
Tea'll say, she did embrace me as a husband, And never shall it more be gracious.
And to extenuate the 'forehand sin :

Leon. Hath no man's dagger here a point for me? No, Izvaato,

[Hero swoons. I sve tempted her with word too large;

Beat. Why, how now, cousin ? wherefore sink Be, is a brother to his sister show'd Bashful sincerity, and comely love.

D. John. Come, let us go : these things, come Hers. And seem'd I ever otherwise to you?

thus to light, Card. Out on thy seeming! I will write against it: Smother her spirits up. You stem to me as Dian in ber orb;

[Ereunt Don Pedro, Don John, and CLAUDIO

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