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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

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Act 3, Scene 1 Summary

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Hero arranges for Margaret to falsely inform Beatrice that Hero and Ursula are gossiping about her.

This leads Beatrice to eavesdrop on their conversation, in which Hero and Ursula talk about how Benedick loves Beatrice, despite Beatrice’s scorn for him. Hero and Ursula praise benedick and criticize Beatrice, concluding that she is too proud to be told about the situation.

Hero expresses frustration with Beatrice’s position and proposes discouraging Benedick from continuing to hopelessly pine for her.

Having heard this conversation, Beatrice decides to return Benedick’s affections, despite her pride.

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Act 2, Scene 3 Summary


Act 3, Scene 2 Summary