O, what men dare do!
"O, what men dare do! What men may do! What men daily
do, not knowing what they do!"
Claudio speaks these angry words at his wedding to Hero. He has
been duped once again by Don John, who has been scheming to break
up their impending wedding, and now seems to have succeeded. Don
John had one of his followers, Borachio, stage a love scene at
Hero's bedroom window, with a woman dressed in Hero's clothes and
whom Borachio called by that name. Claudio was lured into watching
this scene, and became immediately convinced (again) that Hero was
unfaithful to him. At their wedding ceremony, Claudio loudly
denounces Hero, accuses her of lechery, and refuses to marry her.
Hero's father believes it, as well, and joins Claudio in condemning
her. She faints in shock over these false accusations, and everyone
believes she is dead; everyone except the Friar, who does not
believe in Hero's guilt, and plans to expose the wrong-doers for
their evil plan, reuniting the lovers in this romantic comedy.