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Dogberry and Verges arrive at the door of Leonato’s house with what they claim is news very relevant to Leonato. They have captured two knaves running around Messina, and they’d like to examine these men in Leonato’s presence. Unfortunately, this simple message is really poorly delivered, and Dogberry and Verges manage to totally obscure their meaning.
Worse, their bad speech makes Leonato think they’re tedious, which is true, but their message is important.
Leonato is kind of occupied trying to get his daughter married, and he tells Dogberry and Verges to do the examination themselves, and report back to him on the outcome.
Leonato leaves for the wedding. Dogberry and Verges plan to have a writer transcribe the interrogation they’re about to begin.