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Dramatis Personæ.

DON PEDRO, Prince of Arragon.
Leonato, Governor of Messina.
Don John, Bastard Brother to Don Pedro.
Claudio, a young Lord of Florence, Favourite to Don Pedro.
Benedick, a young Lord of Padua, favour'd likewise by

Don Pedro.
Balthazar, Servant to Don Pedro.
Antonio, Brother to Leonato.
Borachio, Confident to Don John.
Conrade, Friend to Borachio.

two foolish Officers. Verges,


Hero, Daughter to Leonato.
Beatrice, Niece to Leonato.


two Gentlewomen attending on Hero.. Ursula,

Friar, Melenger, Watch, Town-Clerk, Sexton, and


SCENE, Melina in Sicily.

(1) Much Ado about Nothing.

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SCENE, a Court before Leonato's House

Enter Leonato, Hero, and Beatrice,

with a Messenger.

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Learn in this letter, that Don Pedro of
Arragon comes this night to Meffina.

Mel. He is very near by this; he was not * *

three leagues off when I left him.

Leon. How many gentlemen have you lost in this action ?

Mes. But few of any Sort, and none of Name.

Leo. A victory is twice itself, when the atchiever brings home full numbers ; I find here, that Don Pedro

(1) Much Ado about Nothing. ] Innogen, the Mother of Hero) in the oldest Quarto that I have seen of this Play, printed in 7600, is mention'd to enter in two several Scenes. The succeeding Editions have all continued her Name in the Dra. matis Persone. But I have ventur'd to expunge it; there being no mention of her through the Play, no one Speech address’d to her, nor one Syllable spoken by her. Neither is there any

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one Passage, from which we have any Reason to determine that Hero's Mother was living. It seems, as if the Poet had in his first Plan designed such a Charaćter; which, on a Survey of it, he found would be superfluous; and therefore left it out.


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