The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0579 Wednesday, 24 June 1998.
Date: Friday, 19 Jun 1998 17:02:47 +1200
Subject: Much Ado About Nothing
In the first scene of Much Ado, Beatrice refers to Benedick as Signior
Mountanto, which the notes in every edition I have consulted tell me is
an upwards thrust in fencing. Knowing nothing about fencing - and being
unable to find out from any source I have consulted - I am wondering if
this is as uncomplimentary as Beatrice's other references. Is a
mountanto a sneaky manoeuvre, or a perfectly legitimate thrust? Can
anyone enlighten me?