Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 7

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Re-enter DUKE VINCENTIO
DUKE VINCENTIO re-enters, from his hiding place.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one word.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Permit me to say a word, young sister, just one word.

ISABELLA

What is your will?

ISABELLA

What do you want?

DUKE VINCENTIO

Might you dispense with your leisure, I would by and
170by have some speech with you: the satisfaction I
would require is likewise your own benefit.

DUKE VINCENTIO

If you can spare the time, I’d like to talk with you in a little while. You’d be doing yourself a favor as well as me.

ISABELLA

I have no superfluous leisure; my stay must be
stolen out of other affairs; but I will attend you awhile.

ISABELLA

I don’t have any spare time, but I’ll wait for you a little while.
Walks apart
She moves off.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Son, I have overheard what hath passed between you
175and your sister. Angelo had never the purpose to
corrupt her; only he hath made an essay of her
virtue to practise his judgment with the disposition
of natures: she, having the truth of honour in her,
hath made him that gracious denial which he is most
180glad to receive. I am confessor to Angelo, and I
know this to be true; therefore prepare yourself to
death: do not satisfy your resolution with hopes
that are fallible: tomorrow you must die; go to
your knees and make ready.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Son, I overheard what happened between you
and your sister. Angelo never meant to seduce her. He was only testing her virtue, to test his ability to judge character. Being a person of integrity, she virtuously refused him, and he was happy to hear it. I’m Angelo’s confessor, so I know this is true. Therefore, prepare yourself for death. Don’t prop yourself up with false hopes. Tomorrow you must die. Fall to your knees and prepare for confession.

CLAUDIO

185Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so out of love
with life that I will sue to be rid of it.

CLAUDIO

Let me ask my sister to forgive me. I’m so out of love
with life that I’ll pray to be rid of it.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Hold you there: farewell.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Maintain that attitude. Farewell.

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