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Figuratively speaking there are several ears propped to a door eavesdropping on a conversation pivotal to Shakespeares comedy Much Ado About Nothing a story about love real new and pretended that began before the messenger arrives with his news Two very different couples cling to each other or push one another away during five acts of masked balls sighing under balconies hysterics a make-shift death and resurrection attempts to compose poetry and finally a feast The lovers of Messina innocent Hero fiery Beatrice and their gallant knights weak Claudio and comic Benedict stumble through abundant trickery taking very different paths to reach the same goal a happily-ever-after ending Hero though one of the main characters of the play is a silent presence for the entire First and Second Acts given a voice only when others speak about or for her She is first introduced not by name but as the daughter of Signior Leonato described by Claudio as a modest young lady and the sweetest lady I ever laid mine eyes upon Hero is described by everyone as beautiful kind and gentle Always she was the dutiful daughter When her father Leonato instructs Hero that she must consent to a wedding proposal by Don Pedro a man she barely knows she happily agrees Leonato says Daughter remember that I told you If the prince do solicit you in that kind you know the answer In truth Hero and her father realize later she had not conceded to marrying Don Pedro but Claudio Her willingness to transport her hand from one man to another shows that it is not in her own interests that she acts shows that her happiness is not as important as her fathers will Claudio can declare victory the wedding is confirmed Hero is to be married and still she says nothing content to be spoken for by Beatrice Speak cousin or if you cannot stop his mouth with a
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