« PreviousContinue »
To meet me at the consecrated fount,
Duke. Convenient is it : Make a swift return;
I'll make all speed.
(Exit. Isab. (Within.] Peace, ho, be here ! Duke. The tongue of Ísabel :-She's come to
daughter. Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man. Hath yet the deputy sent my brother's pardon ? Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the
Isab. Nay, but it is not so.
It is no other: Show your wisdom, daughter, in your close pa
tience. Isab. O, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes. Duke. You shall not be admitted to his sight.
Isab. Unhappy Claudio! Wretched Isabel ! Injurious world! Most damned Angelo!
Duke. This nor hurts him, nor profits you a jot: Forbear it therefore ; give your cause to Heaven. Mark what I say; which you shall find,
By every syllable, a faithful verity:
I am directed by you.
Not within, sir. Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes so red : thou must be patient: I am fain to dine and sup with water and bran;
I dare not for my head fill my belly; one fruitful meal would set me to't: But they say the duke will be here to-morrow. By my troth, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother: if the old fantastical duke of
(1) Your heart's desire.
dark corners had been at home, he had lived.
(Exit Isabella. Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholden to your reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.
Lucio. Friar, thou knowest not the duke so well as I do: he's a better woodman than thou takest him for.
Duke. Well, you'll answer this one day. Fare
Lucio. Nay, tarry ; I'll go along with thee; I can tell thee pretty tales of the duke.
Duke. You have told me too many of him already, sir, if they be true; if not true, none were enough.
Lucio. I was once before him for getting a wench with child.
Duke. Did you such a thing ?
Lucio. Yes, marry, did I : but was fain to forswear it; they would else have married me to the rotten medlar.
Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest : Rest you well.
Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the lane's end: If bawdy talk offend you, we'll have very little of it: Nay, friar, I am a kind of burr, 1 shall stick.
(Exeunt. SCENE IV. A room in Angelo's house. Enter
Angelo and Escalus. Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch'di other.
Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions show much like to madness: pray Heaven, bis wisdom be not tainted! And why meet him at the gates, and re-deliver our authorities there?
Escal. I guess not.
Ang. And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering, that if any crave redress of injus
tice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street?
Éscal. He shows his reason for that: to have a
Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim'd:
Escal. I shall, sir: fare you well. (Exit.
Duke in his own habit, and Friar Peter.
(1) Figure and rank.
The matter being afoot, keep your instruction,
It shall be speeded well.
(Exit Friar. Enter Varrius. Duke. I thank thee, Varrius ; thou hast made
Isabella and Mariana.
Be rul'd by him.
Mari. I would, friar Peter,-
O, peace; the friar is come.
Enter Friar Peter.
most fit, Where you may have such vantage on the duke, He shall not pass you : Twice have the trumpets
sounded; The generous4 and gravest citizens
(1) Start off. (2) Availful. (3) Advantage. (4) Most noble.