• Enter LEONATO, Governor of Messina;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

    5How many gentlemen have you lost in this action?

    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

    10Much 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

    15He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much glad of
    it.
  • LEONATO, Governor of Messina;HERO, his daughter; and BEATRICE, his niece, enter with a MESSENGER

    LEONATO

    (holding a letter) According to this letter, Don Pedro of Aragon and his army are coming to Messina tonight.

    Don

    “Don” is the Italian equivalent of “Sir” or “Lord.”

    MESSENGER

    He must be very near by now. When I left him, he was less than nine miles from here.

    LEONATO

    How many noblemen were killed in the battle you just fought?

    MESSENGER

    Not many, and no one important.

    LEONATO

    A victory in battle is twice as victorious when all the soldiers return home safely. This letter also says that Don Pedro has given honors to a young man from Florence named Claudio.

    MESSENGER

    Claudio deserves to be honored, and Don Pedro has rewarded him accordingly. Claudio has done more than anyone would expect of a man his age. He looks like a lamb but fights like a lion. He has so greatly exceeded all expectations that I can’t even describe all he’s done.

    LEONATO

    He has an uncle here in Messina who will be glad to hear this news.