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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

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Act 5, Scene 2 Summary

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Last Updated February 6, 2023.

Outside Leonato’s house, Benedick greets Margaret and asks to meet with Beatrice.

Benedick is busy devising a sonnet when Beatrice emerges

Beatrice asks about his encounter with Claudio, and Benedick says he has issued his challenge to Claudio and is awaiting his response.

The two banter about their respective merits and charms, playing upon each other’s words at each turn.

Ursula enters and summons them. She reports that Hero’s name has been restored, that Claudio and Don Pedro have been relieved of their guilt, and that Don John has been blamed for his treacherous plotting.

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