"He that hath a beard is more than a youth,
and he that hath no beard is less than a man;
and he that is more than a youth is not for me,
and he that is less than a man, I am not for him."
Beatrice's dominant character often overshadows Hero's quiet demeanor. Even when Hero is directly spoken to, if Beatrice is in her presence she will speak first and share her opinionated views, while talking about Hero as if she is not able to form her own opinion.
"Yes, faith, it is my cousin’s duty to make curtsy and say,
'Father, as it please you.' But yet for all that, cousin, let
him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and
say, 'Father, as it please me.'"
Beatrice claims that Hero will agree to please her father only so far if she does not like the appearance of her suitor. This attests to the role of a woman and her duty to obey her father and marry his choice, but also the free will that Beatrice represents and practically forces Hero, as well as others around her, to agree with.
Hero allows Beatrice to interject as she pleases and Hero never takes offense. What Beatrice says in regards to Hero's somewhat shallow views on love is met with silence from Hero, however, it is not said by Beatrice out of hate. In some ways, Beatrice is commenting on Hero's power to choose her own husband, even if her choice is made based on shallow criteria. Beatrice's adamant refusal to take a husband contrasts Hero's duty to marry, and also the expectations of those around her that she will do so in order to please her father. There is never a question that she will agree to marry without complaint. Her voice is taken away by those around her and also by her own lack of opinions. She shows a certain degree of indifference but when she finally does voice an opinion, it is to hope that the man she is dancing with is more attractive than the ugly mask he wears. She's innocent and quiet, but also slightly shallow so far. Her character is bland, not solely due to Beatrice's strong, opinionated presence, but because she lacks a redeemable character so far throughout the play.