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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 4

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DUKE VINCENTIO

And you.

DUKE VINCENTIO

And you.

LUCIO

75Does Bridget paint still, Pompey, ha?

LUCIO

Does Bridget still get dolled up, Pompey, ha?

ELBOW

Come your ways, sir; come.

ELBOW

Come along, sir, come.

POMPEY

You will not bail me, then, sir?

POMPEY

You won’t bail me out, then, sir?

LUCIO

Then, Pompey, nor now. What news abroad, friar?
what news?

LUCIO

Neither then, Pompey, nor now. What’s happening, friar?
What’s the news?

ELBOW

80Come your ways, sir; come.

ELBOW

Come along, sir, come.

LUCIO

Go to kennel, Pompey; go.

LUCIO

Off to the doghouse, Pompey. Go.
Exeunt ELBOW, POMPEY and Officers
ELBOW, POMPEY, and officers exit.
What news, friar, of the duke?
Any news, friar, of the duke?

DUKE VINCENTIO

I know none. Can you tell me of any?

DUKE VINCENTIO

I don’t know anything. Can you tell me any news?

LUCIO

Some say he is with the Emperor of Russia; other
85some, he is in Rome: but where is he, think you?

LUCIO

Some say he’s with the emperor of Russia. Others say that he’s in Rome. Where do you think he is?

DUKE VINCENTIO

I know not where; but wheresoever, I wish him well.

DUKE VINCENTIO

I don’t know, but wherever he is, I wish him well.

LUCIO

It was a mad fantastical trick of him to steal from
the state, and usurp the beggary he was never born
to. Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence; he
90puts transgression to ’t.

LUCIO

It was a crazy whim of his to sneak away from the city and pretend to be the commoner he was never born to be. Lord Angelo runs things well in his absence—he’s hard on criminals.

DUKE VINCENTIO

He does well in ’t.

DUKE VINCENTIO

He does a good job of it.

LUCIO

A little more lenity to lechery would do no harm in
him: something too crabbed that way, friar.

LUCIO

It wouldn’t hurt him to go a little easier on sex. There’s something too harsh in the way he’s handling that, friar.

DUKE VINCENTIO

It is too general a vice, and severity must cure it.

DUKE VINCENTIO

It is too widespread a vice. It needs a severe cure.

LUCIO

95Yes, in good sooth, the vice is of a great kindred;
it is well allied: but it is impossible to extirp
it quite, friar, till eating and drinking be put
down. They say this Angelo was not made by man and
woman after this downright way of creation: is it
100true, think you?

LUCIO

Yes, to tell the truth, this is a vice a lot of people practice. But it’s impossible to stamp it out totally, friar. You’d have to stop people eating and drinking first. They say this Angelo wasn’t the result of a normal act between a man and woman. Do you think that’s true?

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