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In Act 2 of Much Ado About Nothing what happens to Beatrice whenver she sees Don John...

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Posted December 18, 2007 at 2:38 AM via web

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In Act 2 of Much Ado About Nothing what happens to Beatrice whenver she sees Don John and why?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 18, 2007 at 6:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Beatrice comments, at the beginning of Act II:

"How tartly that gentleman looks.  I never can see him but I am heartburned an hour after." (II, i)

She is saying her stomach is upset when she sees Don John because of the sour look on his face.  From this we get further insight into the characters of both Beatrice and Don John - Beatrice is witty and funny, even about the prince's brother, and Don John clearly doesn't have a very pleasant countenance about him.

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