Scene 1- At the dance, Don Pedro woos Hero and Beatrice mocks Benedick. Afterwards Don Pedro lets Claudio know that Hero has been won over, and Claudio wants to marry her immediately. Leonato insists there needs to be at least a week to prepare for the wedding. Don Pedro suggests that in the meantime they should trick Beatrice and Benedick into falling in love.
Scene 2- Don John makes a plan to show that Hero is unfaithful, therefore ruining the wedding. Borachio will convince Claudio that Hero is unfaithful by staging a meeting with Margaret. Margaret will be dressed in Hero’s clothes, and Claudio will think Borachio is Hero’s lover.
Scene 3- Leonato, Claudio, and Don Pedro stage a conversation for Benedick to overhear of Beatrice’s desperate love for Benedick, about their fears that her suffering will destroy her, and about how Benedick would mock Beatrice if he found out. Benedick decides he must love Beatrice back.
Act 2. SC 1.
I just don't get the appeal, uncle. Why must women be overmastered by a man from marriage? Being single is a blessing on my part, men are all untrustworthy idiots!
Beatrice, women with your attitude tend to not be very popular among the citizens, may I warn you. It might be best if you just find a husband.
Act 2. SC 1.
Why certainly, Mister.
Greetings, Hero. May I ask that you come talk with me outside?
Oh, Mister. Benedick bothers me so much. He is irritating and holds himself so high, when in reality all he is is my uncle's Jester!
Act 2. SC 1.
Benedick, have you heard? Don Pedro plans to woo Hero tonight
Ah, Benedick, is that you under that mask? I knew it!
In Leonato’s house, Beatrice exclaims her hostility towards men, and Leonato warns her about doing so. Beatrice says that being single is a blessing, and she will never be “overmastered” by a man.
Act 2. SC 1.
Are you sure you don't want to marry Hero?
As the Masked Dance begins, Don Pedro approaches Hero and asks her to take a walk with him. As they leave, Benedick dances with Beatrice who, not knowing who her partner was, complains about Benedick, calling him the governor's "Jester".
Act 2. SC 2.
Curse my brother! Always ruining my plans!
After the dance, Don John and Borachio stay behind with Claudio. They can see that it was Claudio behind his mask so they pretend he is Benedick and tell him of Don Pedro’s plan to woo Hero for himself
Act 2. SC 3.
Definitely not I! But I did find a love note on her desk for Benedick. I am afraid she will end up killing herself if Benedick were to confront her about it!
Claudio leaves and is very disappointed. Don Pedro enters and tells him that their plan in wooing Hero had been successful. After convincing Claudio that he didn’t want Hero for himself, Don Pedro informs him that Leonato has given consent to his and Hero’s marriage. While waiting for the marriage, Don Pedro suggests making Benedick and Beatrice fall in love
Of course not, Claudio! Now, Leonato has given you his blessing to marry Hero, and while we wait I suggest we make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love!
Having failed at his plan, Don John intends to cross the marriage again. Borachio suggests that his girlfriend, Margaret, who is Hero’s attendant, dress in Hero’s clothes and, in front of Claudio, show she is unfaithful by having Borachio in her room.
Don John! How about I have my girlfriend, Margaret, who is also Hero's attendant, dress in her clothes and we stage that Hero is seeing another man!
Leonato, Don Pedro, and Claudio set up a conversation for Benedick to over hear of Beatrice’s violent love for Benedick. They say that Benedick shouldn’t find out and then leave. Benedick, not believing his ears, decides that he must love Beatrice in return.
I guess her extra hostility towards Benedick would explain much about her love. Benedick must not find out about it!
Have you heard of Beatrice's secret love for Benedick? Who would have guessed!
If she actually loves me, then I have no choice but to love her back!