Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing

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Annotation: Perfect for high school literature, this edition of Shakespeare's play offers updated bibliographies, suggested references, and stage and film history.
Catalog Number: #204303
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: c1998
Pages: lxxii, 166 p.
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-451-52681-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-34377-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-451-52681-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-34377-1
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 88062428
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Subject Heading:
Drama.
Language: English
Word Count: 4,365
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 140097 / grade: Middle Grades
?Act 1, Scene 1]


Enter LEONATO Governor of Messina, INNOGEN his wife,
HERO his daughter, and BEATRICE his niece,
with a MESSENGER

LEONATO
I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Aragon comes this night to Messina.

MESSENGER
He is very near by this. He was not three leagues off when I left him.

LEONATO
How many gentlemen have you lost in this action? 5

MESSENGER
But few of any sort and none of name.

LEONATO
A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers. I find here that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honor on a young Florentine called Claudio.

MESSENGER
Much deserved on his part, and, equally remembered by Don Pedro, he hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion. He hath indeed better bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.

LEONATO
He hath an uncle here in Messina, will be very much glad of it.

MESSENGER
I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him, even so much that joy could not show itself modest enough without a badge of bitterness.

LEONATO
Did he break out into tears?

MESSENGER
In great measure.

LEONATO
A kind overflow of kindness; there are no faces truer then those that are so washed. How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping!

BEATRICE
I pray you, is Signor Mountanto returned from the wars, or no?

MESSENGER
I know none of that name, lady. There was none such in the army of any sort.

LEONATO
What is he that you ask for niece?

HERO
My cousin means Signor Benedick of Padua.

MESSENGER
O, he's returned, and as pleasant as ever he was.


Excerpted from Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare
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The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's grand romantic comedy.

Much Ado About Nothing casts the lovers Benedick and Beatrice in a witty war of words while the young Claudio is tricked into believing his love Hero has been unfaithful in this play that combines robust humor with explorations on honor and shame. 

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, David L. Stevenson
• A note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived Much Ado About Nothing
• Dramatic criticism from Charles Gildon, Lewis Carroll, George Bernard Shaw, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...


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