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Much Ado About Ursula's Cry For Love

January 19, 2022
By jackpilot GOLD, New York City, New York
jackpilot GOLD, New York City, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” — Mary Shelley

Shall I be loved by men of honor, sirs?

All thou’st the other wenches art fetus,

When I’m the only one who shall be seigneur:  

This witty servant made all so envious.

Thy woman’s brain’s no more than mere blank stone,

Tricked by men so gross in masquerade.

Dear Beatrice is fooled by male tone:

But Ursula’s a sharp and clever maid. 

Alas, I am profoundly bright in mind;

More wit than Hero ever could confer:

The maid in the mirror that knows to find

And sees beyond the lies of noble sir.

So long thy hast consider’d my bright course,

So long thou will not be left with remorse.

The author's comments:

This sonnet follows the traditional 14-line Shakespearean sonnet format, adhering to the rules of iambic pentameter. I crafted this sonnet to act as a missing scene from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. In this addition to the traditional Shakespearean script of the play, Ursula speaks out against classism and how it results in her lacking love and attention, even though she demonstrates her wit and smarts throughout the play. This scene plays on the fact that in many Shakespearean plays, Shakespeare makes the servant or character wiser than the aristocracy. The upper class take the role of the "wise fool," whereas Ursula is attentive to male deceit throughout the play. This scene takes place after the scene at the masquerade ball, where she is able to recognize Benedick's tricks and deceitful ways, while the other women are fooled by the men in masks. 

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