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waffle | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2007 at 8:05 AM via web

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Who sees Don John as the probable cause of the problem between Claudio and Hero at the wedding in Act Four and what does that show about him?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 23, 2007 at 11:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Benedick is the perceptive character who immediately suspects Don John as the culprit in the plot. The exact lines are as follows:

*FRIAR FRANCIS
There is some strange misprision in the princes.

BENEDICK
Two of them have the very bent of honour;
And if their wisdoms be misled in this,
The practise of it lives in John the bastard,
Whose spirits toil in frame of villanies.*

This correct assumption of Benedick's shows that he is a more rational and less emotional man than either of his friend's. He is sound in his judgement, wise, and not likely to be easily biased or overwhelmed by his situation.

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