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Much Ado 1: A Beautiful Trick

Why is Much Ado About Nothing one of Shakespeare's most popular plays? British-Japanese actress Susan Hingley talks about the brilliant trick her character Hero plays on Beatrice.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


As for importance of idiomatic expressions, I want to know a few things about the following:
‘the idea provided him with a salve for his guilt’...
1. Is the word 'salve' old English?
2. Can't a native user without specialized knowledge of language understand what the word 'slave' mean here?
3. If this word is replaced, which of the following would a native user opt:
i. remedy
ii. cure
iii. healing
iv. soothing

Hello Zeeshan Siddiqii

No, 'salve' is still in use nowadays, though it is perhaps not a very common word. You can find it, for example, in the Cambridge Dictionary.

I'd say that many native speakers would understand the word from context if they didn't already know it, but others might find it difficult to understand. It's difficult to say without knowing the full context and of course who the people in question were.

I'd say a 'remedy' would be the best substitute of the words you listed.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I don't know about a true story that at first, they are fighting and at the end, they fall in love, but like Evgenia said in your comments, I saw the same movie that she related at the end, and I have to recognize that is very interesting, after a real struggle of power, the love is the winner.

It is a good trick for a good love story that two people fight against each other at first but fall in love at last.

In an modern literature the writer likes to create characters, who don't love each other at first, but eventually they understand to make fall in love, engagement, wedding. This an traditional trick for a good love story. I knowan worldwide famous story with the same plot it is " The Pride and Prejudice".