Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 650. Wednesday, 13 October 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 12 Oct 1993 19:13:37 -0400
Subject: Much Ado About Nothing
We read Much Ado About Nothing this weekend at the Washington
Shakespeare Reading Group. Two questions for my learned SHAKSPER
1. Many years ago I heard an English teacher read from a (published)
essay with a title something like "Where did Hero sleep?" This was a
humorous (but serious) essay. After all, Maragaret is seen leaning out
of Hero's bedroom window. Where was Hero? The essay also discusses
the fact that we are told that up until that night Beatrice had always
slept in the same room as Hero. Can anyone provide me with a reference
from these admittedly sketchy clues?
2. Leonato's penance for Claudio includes
And since you could not be my son-in-law,
Be yet my nephew. My brother hath a daughter,
Almost the copy of my child that's dead,
And she alone is heir to both of us.
Is this Beatrice? In other words, is Beatrice the daughter of
Antonio? Or does Leonato have another niece? (Another member
of the reading group and I disagree on this point. Please