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How does Beatrice talk to different characters in the play in different ways?

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Beatrice has a different manner of speaking to all of the characters in this memorable comedy, each of which gives us a glimpse into her relationships. With Hero, Beatrice is the mildest and most affectionate. Her cousin obviously holds a dear place in Beatrice's heart, and this is reflected in the manner in which Beatrice speaks to her. She is extremely protective of Hero, which we see from her speech to Benedick after the disaster of Hero's wedding. Although she is still herself with Hero, witty and sardonic, her words always give the impression of an underlying tenderness.

Beatrice is at her most merry when she speaks to her uncle Leonato. This helps us understand the affection she has for him, as she is forever teasing and making witty remarks that always seem to amuse him but not trouble him. It is obvious that Leonato knows his niece well and has learned not to mind her jokes.

Leonato: Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.

Beatrice: Not till God make men of...

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