Beatrice and Benedick, who argue with delightful wit, both glibly proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, the sweet, young couple Claudio and Hero are rendered speechless by their love. Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon and Don John, the Bastard Prince hatch parallel plots to trick Benedick and Beatrice into confessing their love, and Claudio into rejecting Hero. Dogberry, a Constable who thinks he’s smarter than he is, discovers the the villains’ dual plots. Don John’s treachery is revealed, the couples get each other, and everyone joins in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.