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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

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Act 3, Scene 2 Summary

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Last Updated February 6, 2023.

One the eve of Hero and Claudio’s wedding, Don Pedro announces his plan to leave after the ceremony. Claudio offers to join him, but Don Pedro insists that he stays.

Claudio and Don Pedro observe that Benedick has taken on a clean-shaven, tidy appearance, for which they make fun of him.

Benedick takes Leonato aside to have a conversation.

Don John arrives and claims that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio, enjoining the party to witness a stranger entering her chambers that evening. Aghast, Claudio and Don John promise to denounce Hero if Don John’s allegations prove true.

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