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Who says, "How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping?"

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Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM via web

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Who says, "How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping?"

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 4, 2013 at 8:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Leonato utters this line in the first act, first scene of Much Ado About Nothing.

A messenger has brought Leonato news about the recently finished battle that involved Don Pedro and Claudio. The messenger confirms Leonato's impression, upon reading the letters, that young Claudio performed very well and has been recognized for his work by Don Pedro.

The messenger reports that he has "already delivered" a report about Claudio's performance to Claudio's uncle, who was overcome with relief that his nephew survived as well as pride with the reports of his conduct in battle. Leonato asks if the uncle shed tears in his reaction and the messenger says he did, "in great measure." Leonato comments that the emotions of kindness and joy are often marked by tears.

A kind overflow of kindness. There are no faces truer
than those that are so washed. How much better is it to
weep at joy than to joy at weeping!

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM (Answer #2)

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Leonato says this in Act 1 Scene 1;

"There are no faces truer
than those that are so washed. How much better is it to
weep at joy than to joy at weeping!"

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