In Much Ado About Nothing, why does Beatrice tease Benedick at the party, and why is he so upset? What is she insinuating about him? Why does he care? Finally, why does Beatrice turn down Don Pedro’s offer of marriage?

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At the masquerade ball in act 2, scene 1, Beatrice and Benedict are both in disguise and pretend not to recognize each other, even though they both know who the other is. While pretending not to know that she is speaking to Benedict, Beatrice teases him by calling Benedict a fool. She says that Benedict is:

the Prince’s jester, a very dull fool, only his gift
is in devising impossible slanders ...

Her words to Benedict enrage him, and he tells Don Pedro he would rather be sent anywhere in the world "rather than hold three words' conference with this harpy."

Benedict's overreaction to Beatrice's words might tip us off that he is still in love with her.

Of course, we might feel some sympathy for...

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