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


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Much Ado About Nothing,
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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