This 1901 color-illustrated volume of Shakespeare's comedy features detailed notes in the appendices and background information in the preface and introduction. One of the few Shakespearean plays written almost entirely in prose, Much Ado About Nothing follows two pairs of lovers—Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero—who are both tricked by the manipulative Don John. The comedy is a classic example of Shakespeare's masterful use of wordplay. Most notably are his use of "nothing" and "noting." The words were homophones in Shakespeare's time, making it more interesting for the 17th-century audience to decide which events were worth noting and which were worth nothing.