Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 657. Saturday, 17 October 1993.
Date: Friday, 15 Oct 1993 14:00:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0656 Re: *Ado* Query
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0656 Re: *Ado* Query
I agree with Michael Friedman about Beatrice being an implausible referent
for Leonato's deceptive requirement that Claudio marry Antonio's daughter
and sole heir; the test involved, moreover, is that Claudio will agree to
someone sight unseen and indeed later be required to plight his troth without
seeing her face. If he was to understand the referent as Beatrice,
or if we were to do so, we would wonder about Leonato's betrayal of his own
enthusiastic participation in the plot to bring Beatrice and Benedick together!