Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 653. Thursday, 14 October 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 13 Oct 1993 11:17:00 -0400
Subject: 4.0650 Q: *Ado*
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0650 Q: *Ado*
Reply to Blair Kelly:
Re: "Where did Hero sleep?"-- Lewis Carroll asked the same question of
Ellen Terry (in *The Story of my Life*, by Ellen Terry); the letter is
reprinted in the Signet edition of *Much Ado*, and it's a hoot.
>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?
My students say no. They pointed out that Claudio's "punishment" is that he
promises to marry a woman "almost the copy" of the one he threw away, and
inherit BOTH Leontes' & Antonio's fortunes. Or as they put it, "Some penance!"