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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Much Ado About Nothing, 1.1.240: "that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead"


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Act 1, Scene 1, line 240.
that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead: i.e., that I should wear a cuckold's horns. —To "wind" is to blow a horn, and a "recheat" is a series of notes blown (winded) on a horn to call hounds together for a hunt. Benedick's jest is based on the idea that every married woman will cheat on her husband, who will therefore grow the horns of a cuckold. Benedick improves on this old joke by portraying the cuckold's horn as the kind of horn that is blown.



Woodcut depicting a cuckold.

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