Much Ado About Nothing Translation Table of Contents
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Act 1, Scene 1
Don Pedro visits Leonato court after winning in battle. Benedick and Beatrice have a battle of wits. Claudio loves Hero.
Act 1, Scene 2
Leonato and Antonio plan a celebration. Antonio tells Leonato of a rumor that Don Pedro is planning to propose to Hero.
Act 1, Scene 3
Don John is angry at Don Pedro. Hearing about the party and Claudio's proposal, Don John plans to get revenge.
Act 2, Scene 1
Don John tells Claudio that Don Pedro loves Hero. The plan is revealed. Don Pedro wants to trick Benedick and Beatrice.
Act 2, Scene 2
Borachio and Don John plan to disrupt Claudio's wedding. Borachio will feign intimacy with Hero to tarnish her honor.
Act 2, Scene 3
Leonato, Don Pedro, and Claudio spot Benedick hiding. They make up a story of how Beatrices loves him to trick him.
Act 3, Scene 1
Hero, Margaret, and Ursula plan to play a corresponding trick on Beatrice, convincing her that Benedick loves her.
Act 3, Scene 2
Benedick appears to be a changed man. Don John enters and tells Don Pedro and Claudio that he doubts Hero's chastity.
Act 3, Scene 3
Watchmen guarding the city meet up and talk. Borachio enters and brags that he has earned a lot of money from Don John.
Act 3, Scene 4
Hero, Margaret, and Ursula prepare for Hero's wedding. Beatrice's attitude toward marriage has clearly changed.
Act 3, Scene 5
Leonato doesn't understand Dogberry and Verges' explanation of what they overheard. He prepares for Hero's wedding.
Act 4, Scene 1
Claudio shames Hero at the wedding. Beatrice and Benedick admit their love. Beatrice asks Benedick to kill Claudio.
Act 4, Scene 2
Borachio goes on trial. He is found guilty and taken to Leonato. Don John has fled from Messina.
Act 5, Scene 1
Leonato and Antonio challenge Claudio to a duel. Benedick enters and does the same. Leonato reveals Borachio's crime.
Act 5, Scene 2
Benedick tells Beatrice that he has challenged Claudio. They learn the truth about Don John's plot.
Act 5, Scene 3
Don Pedro and Claudio visit Hero's tomb and recite poetry, mourning her death and their mistake.
Act 5, Scene 4
Hero reveals her identity in order to marry Claudio. Beatrice and Benedick admit their love. Don John is captured.