Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
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CLAUDIO

I humbly thank you.
To sue to live, I find I seek to die;
And, seeking death, find life: let it come on.

CLAUDIO

I humbly thank you. In looking to live, I find I actually seek to die, and by seeking death, I find life. Let death come.

ISABELLA

45[Within] What, ho! Peace here; grace and good company!

ISABELLA

(offstage) Hello, there! Peace, grace, and good company to everyone here!

PROVOST

Who’s there? come in: the wish deserves a welcome.

PROVOST

Who’s there? Come in. That wish deserves a welcome.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Dear sir, ere long I’ll visit you again.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Dear sir, I’ll visit you again soon.

CLAUDIO

Most holy sir, I thank you.

CLAUDIO

Most holy sir, thank you.
Enter ISABELLA
ISABELLA enters.

ISABELLA

My business is a word or two with Claudio.

ISABELLA

My business is a word or two with Claudio.

PROVOST

50And very welcome. Look, signior, here’s your sister.

PROVOST

And very welcome. Look, signor, here’s your sister.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Provost, a word with you.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Provost, a word with you.

PROVOST

As many as you please.

PROVOST

As many as you please.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Bring me to hear them speak, where I may be concealed.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Take me to a place where I can hide and overhear them.
Exeunt DUKE VINCENTIO and Provost
DUKE VINCENTIO and Provost conceal themselves.

CLAUDIO

Now, sister, what’s the comfort?

CLAUDIO

Now, sister, what’s the good word?

ISABELLA

55Why,
As all comforts are; most good, most good indeed.
Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven,
Intends you for his swift ambassador,
Where you shall be an everlasting leiger:
60Therefore your best appointment make with speed;
To-morrow you set on.

ISABELLA

Why, as all good words are—very good indeed. Lord Angelo has business with heaven, and he’s going to make you his ambassador there—an eternal appointment. So get ready, quickly. Tomorrow you set off.

CLAUDIO

Is there no remedy?

CLAUDIO

Is there no way out?

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