She might be just a fictional heroine of a Shakespearean romantic comedy, but here are 10 Reasons Why Beatrice Is The Best
- She don’t need no man:
Beatrice: I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.
Leonato: Well niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.
Beatrice: Not till God make men of some other metal than earth.
2. Her temper is fierce:
Beatrice: O God that I were a man! I would eat his heart in the market place!
3. Almost as fierce as her wit:
Messenger: I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.
Beatrice: No. And he were, I would burn my study.
4. Her insults are the definition of “burns”:
Benedick: God keep you ladyship still in that mind, so some gentleman or other shall scape a predestinate scratched face.
Beatrice: Scratching could not make it worse and ‘twere such a face as yours were.
5. She doesn’t have time for your bull:
Benedick: Tarry, good Beatrice. By this hand, I love thee.
Beatrice: Use it for my love some other way than swearing by it.
6. For all that, she’s smart and self-aware:
Beatrice: But I beseech your Grace pardon me. I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.
7. And classy enough to let a guy down easy:
Don Pedro: Will you have me, lady?
Beatrice: No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days; your Grace is too costly to wear every day.
8. She inspires love from a cynical, professed bachelor:
Benedick: I do love nothing in the world so well as you.
9. And learns to love him back:
Beatrice: I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest
10. And though she gains a little humility and plenty of perspective, she retains her humor and sharp tongue through play’s end:
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!
Three Cheers for Beatrice, the Shakespearean heroine to rule them all!