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Act II, Scene 2
This is a short scene in which Don John is disturbed over not being able to thwart Claudio and Hero, despite his best efforts. His follower, Borachio, discloses a scheme to ruin their upcoming marriage. Borachio will stand beneath Hero's window and declare his love for her. Margaret will pretend to be Hero and reply in kind. Claudio will overhear the conversation and think Hero has been unfaithful. Don John agrees to the plan and promises to reward Borachio if his plan succeeds.
The intrigue in the plot is building up. Don John now comes across as a confirmed villain. He is willing to resort to any methods to satisfy his base feelings. Borachio is a thorough scoundrel. He does not hesitate to play with the honor and life of an innocent lady (Hero). For the second time in such a short period, the spirit of mirth is clouded over with a sense of impending tragedy.