The Pre-history of Beatrice and Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing"
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In "Much Ado About Nothing", Shakespeare implies in a fascinating way that before the main action of the play there was what Daalder calls a 'pre-history', namely a story of an earlier involvement between Benedick and Beatrice. It is this `pre-history' which is examined and clarified here. The implied scenario logically fits in with – and is fundamental in presenting – Shakespeare's view of gender issues in "Much Ado".