• Enter LEONATO,ANTONIO, BENEDICK,BEATRICE, MARGARET,URSULA, FRIAR FRANCIS, andHERO

    FRIAR FRANCIS

    Did I not 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.

    ANTONIO

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

    BENEDICK

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

    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.
    Exeunt Ladies

    ANTONIO

    Which I will do with confirmed countenance.

    BENEDICK

    Friar, I must entreat your pains, I think.

    FRIAR FRANCIS

    To do what, Signior?
  • LEONATO, ANTONIO,BENEDICK, BEATRICE,MARGARET, URSULA, FRIAR FRANCIS, and HERO enter.

    FRIAR FRANCIS

    Didn’t I tell you she was innocent?

    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’m glad that everything has been sorted out.

    BENEDICK

    Me too—otherwise I would have had to duel with 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.
    The ladies exit.

    ANTONIO

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

    BENEDICK

    Friar, I think I need a favor from you.

    FRIAR FRANCIS

    What do you need me to do?