At Messina, a messenger brings news that Don Pedro, a prince from Aragon, will return that night from a successful battle, Claudio being among his soldiers. Beatrice, Leonato's niece, asks the messenger about Benedick and makes sarcastic remarks about his ineptitude as a soldier. Leonato explains that "There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick and her." Upon the arrival of the soldiers, Leonato welcomes Don Pedro and invites him to stay for a month, Benedick and Beatrice resume their "merry war," and Pedro's illegitimate brother Don John is introduced.
This is an wonderful historical page-turner that will stay with you long after it's ended. It follows a family of Korean immigrants in Japan during the early 20th century, led by the extraordinary Sunja. It was such an amazing book, and it left me emotionally devestated - but it the best possible way. A great choice for bookclubs, too!