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.
If you know anything about the 1893 World's Fair then you've probably already have read this! If not, this is a great introduction to one of the most interesting events in American history. There are two stories in one - one of Daniel Burnham and his leadership in the creation of the fair's architecture. The other story being the life and actions of one of the first serial killers, H.H. Holmes. Great way to hit all the historical thriller spots.