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Much Ado About Nothing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0240  Tuesday, 28 March 2006

From: 		Ruth Ross <
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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.

Ruth Ross

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