Much ado about nothing friar francis
Character profile for Friar Francis from Much Ado About Nothing (page 1)
Importance of the Friars in Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure
Leonato Governor of Messina, a city in Renaissance Italy. Most of the play takes place in and around Leonato's home and estate. He is father to Hero, uncle and guardian to Beatrice, and host to Don Pedro and his entourage. Friendly and unsophisticated, influenced by appearances and opinions of others, Leonato is a unifying figure, linking the play's plot lines to one another from first scene to last. Hero Daughter of Leonato and Claudio's intended wife-to-be.
All rights reserved. Leonato recommends they get down to business, and the Friar gets off to a false start when he asks if Claudio has come to marry the lady. Claudio says, "No. Claudio is getting married to her. That's clearly what Claudio meant with his "no. Turns out Leonato is wrong, because two seconds later, Claudio freaks out on everyone.
How now! Stand thee by: stand aside. Dian: Diana. Diana was a Roman goddess of the moon and chastity. Apparently the lions relieved their boredom with frequent copulation. O God!
Come, Friar Francis, be brief; only to the plain form of marriage, and you shall recount their particular duties afterwards. To be married to her: friar, you come to marry her. Friar Francis. Lady, you come hither to be married to this count. If either of you know any inward impediment why you should not be conjoined, charge you, on your souls, to utter it.
HERO I do. HERO None, my lord. Why, then, some be of laughing, as, ah, ha, he! Father, by your leave: Will you with free and unconstrained soul Give me this maid, your daughter? There, Leonato, take her back again: Give not this rotten orange to your friend; She's but the sign and semblance of her honour. Behold how like a maid she blushes here! O, what authority and show of truth Can cunning sin cover itself withal!
The people are all gathered in the church to witness the wedding between Hero and Claudio. Leonato tells Friar Francis to hurry up. Leonato ignore the answer by playing with words to give it a different meaning, but Claudio interjects when asked if anyone knows why they should not be married. He tells Leonato, "Give not this rotten orange to your friend" 4. Don Pedro also refuses to defend Hero's honor, telling Leonato that he watched with his own eyes as Hero embraced another man the night before. Claudio cries out, "O Hero!