Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 8

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Exit CLAUDIO
CLAUDIO exits.
Provost, a word with you!
Provost, a word with you!
Re-enter Provost
The Provost re-enters.

PROVOST

What’s your will, father[?]

PROVOST

What is it, father?

DUKE VINCENTIO

190That now you are come, you will be gone. Leave me
awhile with the maid: my mind promises with my
habit no loss shall touch her by my company.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Now that you’ve come over, you should go away. Leave me with the girl awhile. My intentions and the fact that I’m a friar guarantee that nothing bad will happen to her.

PROVOST

In good time.

PROVOST

Very well.
Exit Provost. ISABELLA comes forward
The Provost exits. ISABELLA comes forward.

DUKE VINCENTIO

The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good:
195the goodness that is cheap in beauty makes beauty
brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of
your complexion, shall keep the body of it ever
fair. The assault that Angelo hath made to you,
fortune hath conveyed to my understanding; and, but
200that frailty hath examples for his falling, I should
wonder at Angelo. How will you do to content this
substitute, and to save your brother?

DUKE VINCENTIO

He who made you lovely made you good, as well. Beauty has a cheap kind of goodness, which is why beauty doesn’t last. But virtue lies at the heart of your character, so you will always be beautiful. I’ve heard about Angelo’s sexual advances to you, and if there weren’t other examples of such lapses, I’d be really surprised. What are you going to do to satisfy this stand-in and save your brother?

ISABELLA

I am now going to resolve him: I had rather my
brother die by the law than my son should be
205unlawfully born. But, O, how much is the good duke
deceived in Angelo! If ever he return and I can
speak to him, I will open my lips in vain, or
discover his government.

ISABELLA

I’m going now to give him my answer: I’d rather my brother die by legitimate execution than have an illegitimate baby. But, oh, how wrong the good duke was about Angelo! If he ever returns and I can speak to him, the first words I speak will be to expose Angelo’s way of governing.

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