Summary of Much Ado About Nothing | Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Don Pedro. Antonio meets his brother Leonato and says: The Prince and Count Claudio, walking in a thick-pleached alley in mine orchard, were thus much. and find homework help for other Much Ado About Nothing questions at eNotes. Afterwards, Don John meets Don Pedro and Claudio at the appointed place. Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro Quotes Don Pedro and Claudio engage in some deception, but rather than tricking him into loving Beatrice, most likely.
Don Pedro gets the ball rolling by asking, loudly: Celebrating their own ingenuity, the gentlemen leave Benedick alone to his own thoughts: Why it must be requited! Hero sends a messenger to tell Beatrice that Hero is talking about her behind her back, and, of course, Beatrice comes to listen in on the conversation.
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Timing things just perfectly, Ursula says: I never yet saw a man, how wise, how noble but she would spell him backward. But the wedding of Hero and Claudio fast-approaches, and the men-folk enjoy the frivolity of the day — until Don John approaches them. Don John is blunt: But all is not lost.
With him are his side-kick, Verges and several members of the night-watch including Hugh Otecake and George Seacole, who, not being the brightest crayons in the box, ask: Away went Claudio, enraged: The next day, the ladies prepare for the wedding.
Claudio and Hero come before a Friar and the whole congregation, and when asked if he will marry Hero, Claudio, passionately proclaims that Hero has been untrue. When Leonato demands proof, Don Pedro says simply: Don Pedro and Claudio with Don John, reveling in his wickedness leave, full of righteous indignation. It is the Friar who steps in to make all well again. As Hero appears to have died of shame, the Friar counsels Leonato to report that Hero is dead indeed while they search for the truth in the story the Prince has told.
Leonato consents, and the Friar leads Hero away with: Somewhat uncomfortably, they each declare their love for the other. Benedick offers to prove his love to Beatrice, with: O, God, that I were a man! I would eat his heart in the marketplace. By this hand, Claudio shall render me a dear account! Thou wilt be condemned into everlasting redemption for this! Borachio makes a full confession and proclaims Hero innocent, Margaret blameless, and Don John as the villain who paid him to carry out the plot.
The truth is out. Leonato arrives and vents his wrath on Claudio and Don Pedro, who are overwhelmed with what they have done and agree to any penance Leonato will name. Conrade reports that he has overheard that Claudio something of a rival to Don John likes Hero, and that Don Pedro plans to woo her for himself and then give her to Claudio. Conrade does not know about Don Pedro's plan to pretend to be Claudio. Don John decides to work some mischief against Claudio.
Don Pedro goes off with Hero. A sort of line dance in which the couples come forward by turns, each talking as they dance: In the banter between Benedick and Beatrice, he knows her, but she apparently doesn't know him; she speaks ill of him.Don Pedro "wooes" Hero in Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing
Claudio in soliloquy laments enlisting Pedro's help and assumes he has lost Hero. Enter Pedro, Claudio and Leonato; Benedick withdraws, but they know he is hiding there. Musical interlude by Balthasar, ending with a plan to serenade Hero tomorrow night.
Pedro, Claudio and Leonato talk about how Hero has told them that Beatrice is madly in love with Benedick, but is loath to reveal her love; they know Benedick is listening, and they are hoping for some good sport; they also plan to play such a trick on Beatrice, with Hero's help. In soliloquy Benedick decides that he is in indeed in love with Beatrice and that he willingly will suffer all the jokes at his expense for talking against love.
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Beatrice calls him to dinner, and he now interprets everything she says as having a double-meaning of love for him. Beatrice, in soliloquy, forsakes this vision of herself and decides that she shall requite Benedick's love.
Enter John, who sets his trap, telling Claudio and Pedro that Hero has lots of lovers and that they may see for themselves tonight when her room is entered by a lover the night before her wedding.
The watch overhears Conrade and Borachio talking about how Claudio and Pedro were duped by Borachio and John into thinking that Hero was untrue, and that Claudio plans to defame Hero at the wedding Conrade and Borachio are arrested.