Much Ado About Nothing

by: William Shakespeare

Original Text

Modern Text

Enter LEONATO,ANTONIO, BENEDICK,BEATRICE, MARGARET,URSULA, FRIAR FRANCIS, andHERO
LEONATO, ANTONIO,BENEDICK, BEATRICE,MARGARET, URSULA, FRIAR FRANCIS, and HERO enter.

FRIAR FRANCIS

Did I not tell you she was innocent?

FRIAR FRANCIS

Didn’t I tell you she was innocent?

LEONATO

So are the Prince and Claudio, who accused her
Upon the error that you heard debated.
But Margaret was in some fault for this,
5Although against her will, as it appears
In the true course of all the question.

LEONATO

And the Prince and Claudio, who accused her, are innocent as well, because they were deceived by Don John. Margaret is partially guilty, although our investigation shows that she acted unintentionally.

ANTONIO

Well, I am glad that all things sort so well.

ANTONIO

Well, I’m glad that everything has been sorted out.

BENEDICK

And so am I, being else by faith enforced
To call young Claudio to a reckoning for it.

BENEDICK

Me too—otherwise I would have had to duel with Claudio.

LEONATO

10Well, daughter, and you gentlewomen all,
Withdraw into a chamber by yourselves,
And when I send for you, come hither masked.
The Prince and Claudio promised by this hour
To visit me.—You know your office, brother.
15You must be father to your brother’s daughter,
And give her to young Claudio.

LEONATO

Hero, you and the other women should all retreat to a room. When I send for you, come out wearing masks. The Prince and Claudio are supposed to be here by now.—You know your job, brother. You have to pretend to be your niece’s father, and give her away to Claudio.
Exeunt Ladies
The ladies exit.

ANTONIO

Which I will do with confirmed countenance.

ANTONIO

I’ll do that, without giving away our secret.

BENEDICK

Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think.

BENEDICK

Friar, I think I need a favor from you.

FRIAR FRANCIS

To do what, Signior?

FRIAR FRANCIS

What do you need me to do?