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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 2

 — 4.2 — In a prison, Dogberry, Verges, and the sexton were wearing their official black gowns. Some watchmen were also present, as were Conrade and Borachio. Dogberry asked, “Is our whole dissembly [assembly] present?” “We need a stool and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — Don Pedro, Don John, Leonato, Friar Francis, Claudio, Benedick, Hero, Beatrice, and some attendants were in the church, ready for the wedding. Leonato said, “Be brief, Friar Francis. Use only the short and simple form of the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 4-5

 — 3.4 — Hero was talking with her gentlewomen attendants, Margaret and Ursula, in her bedroom. “Good Ursula, wake my cousin Beatrice, and ask her to get up,” Hero said. “I will, lady,” Ursula replied. “And ask her to come … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 3

 — 3.3 — On a public street, Dogberry, who was the city’s head constable, and Verges, an old man who was Dogberry’s assistant, were talking to some newly recruited night watchmen whose job it was to maintain the peace of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 1-2

— 3.1 — After dinner, Hero and her two gentlewomen attendants, Margaret and Ursula, were walking in Leonato’s garden. Hero said, “Good Margaret, go to the parlor. There you will find my cousin Beatrice talking with Don Pedro and Claudio. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 2-3

 — 2.2 — Meanwhile, Don John and Borachio talked and plotted together. “The engagement has been made,” Don John said. “Count Claudio shall marry Hero, the daughter of Leonato.” “The engagement has been made,” Borachio said, “but I can stop … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A Retelling in Prose ‚ Act 2, Scene 1

 — 2.1 — In the ballroom of Leonato’s house, Leonato, Antonio, Hero, and Beatrice talked. Other people were also present. “Was Don John at the feast?” Leonato asked. “I did not see him there,” Antonio replied. “How sour that gentleman … Continue reading

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