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Much Ado About Nothing
Act 1, scene 2

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The primary plot of Much Ado About Nothing turns on the courtship and scandal involving young Hero and her suitor, Claudio, but…

Act 1, scene 1

The army of Don Pedro of Aragon arrives in Messina and is welcomed by Leonato, Messina’s governor. Benedick of Padua,…

Act 1, scene 2

Leonato is given a garbled account of the conversation between Don Pedro and Claudio, and is led to believe that…

Act 1, scene 3

Don John, Don Pedro’s brother, receives a true account of Don Pedro’s plan to woo Hero for Claudio. Resentful of…

Act 2, scene 1

Don Pedro and his soldiers, disguised in masks, dance with the ladies of Leonato’s household. While Don Pedro woos Hero,…

Act 2, scene 2

Don John and his henchman Borachio agree on a plan to disrupt the coming marriage: Borachio will convince Claudio that…

Act 2, scene 3

Leonato, Claudio, and Don Pedro stage a conversation for Benedick to overhear. They talk about Beatrice’s desperate love for Benedick,…

Act 3, scene 1

Beatrice is lured into overhearing a staged conversation between Hero and Ursula, a waiting gentlewoman, who talk about Benedick’s desperate…

Act 3, scene 2

Benedick appears with his beard shaved off and showing other signs of having fallen in love. When he exits with…

Act 3, scene 3

That night, Messina’s master constable, Dogberry, and his assistant, Verges, set the night watch, telling the watchmen to pay particular…

Act 3, scene 4

Early the next morning, Hero prepares for the wedding. Beatrice enters, suffering, she says, from a bad cold, but Hero…

Act 3, scene 5

Dogberry and Verges try to tell Leonato about the arrest of Borachio and Conrade, but they are so unintelligible that…

Act 4, scene 1

At the wedding, Claudio publicly denounces Hero as a lewd woman. He is supported in his story by Don Pedro…

Act 4, scene 2

Dogberry ineptly questions Borachio and Conrade about the deception of Claudio and Don Pedro. The Sexton has Borachio and Conrade…

Act 5, scene 1

Leonato and his brother tell Claudio and Don Pedro of Hero’s death, and attempt to challenge them to a duel….

Act 5, scene 2

Benedick tells Beatrice that he has challenged Claudio. They are summoned to Leonato’s house with the news that Hero’s innocence…

Act 5, scene 3

Claudio appears at Leonato’s family tomb, has a song sung for Hero, and hangs a scroll on the tomb.

Act 5, scene 4

Claudio and Don Pedro appear for the second wedding. The women enter masked. When Claudio takes the hand of Leonato’s…

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Scene 2
Enter Leonato, meeting an old man, brother to
Leonato.


LEONATO How now, brother, where is my cousin, your
 son? Hath he provided this music?
LEONATO’S BROTHER He is very busy about it. But,
 brother, I can tell you strange news that you yet
5 dreamt not of.
LEONATO Are they good?
LEONATO’S BROTHER As the events stamps them, but
 they have a good cover; they show well outward.
 The Prince and Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached
10 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
15 present time by the top and instantly break with you
 of it.
LEONATO Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?
LEONATO’S BROTHER A good sharp fellow. I will send
 for him, and question him yourself.
LEONATO 20No, 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 Antonio’s son, with a Musician and Attendants.

25 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.
They exit.