The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0240 Tuesday, 28 March 2006
Date: Tuesday, 28 Mar 2006 18:28:29 -0500
Subject: 17.0230 Much Ado About Nothing
Comment: RE: SHK 17.0230 Much Ado About Nothing
Sarah Cohen cites the lines by Leonato to Claudio:
"Tomorrow morning come you to my house, 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. Give
her the right you should have giv'n her cousin, And so dies my revenge."
I think the key words here are that this young woman is "heir to both of
us." When he first spoke of his love for Hero, Claudio was anxious to
know whether Hero is Leonato's only heir. I think he's a bit of a
fortune hunter (an impoverished nobleman?); even if he is mortified by
his mistake, the lure of some ducats trumps his remorse so he is willing
to go along with the harebrained scheme.
Also, remember, he is a callow youth. My students think he's a jerk.
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