Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 1

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Enter ISABELLA
ISABELLA enters.

DUKE VINCENTIO

I do constantly believe you. The time is come even
now. I shall crave your forbearance a little: may
be I will call upon you anon, for some advantage to yourself.

DUKE VINCENTIO

I believe you; she’s here now. May I ask you to leave for a little while? I’ll be with you shortly, and it’ll be to your advantage.

MARIANA

I am always bound to you.

MARIANA

I’m always grateful to you.
Exit
She exits.

DUKE VINCENTIO

25Very well met, and well come.
What is the news from this good deputy?

DUKE VINCENTIO

Welcome—and perfect timing. What’s the news from our favorite deputy?

ISABELLA

He hath a garden circummured with brick,
Whose western side is with a vineyard back’d;
And to that vineyard is a planched gate,
30That makes his opening with this bigger key:
This other doth command a little door
Which from the vineyard to the garden leads;
There have I made my promise
Upon the heavy middle of the night
35To call upon him.

ISABELLA

He has a garden surrounded by a brick wall, whose western side is backed by a vineyard. Leading to that vineyard is a gate of wooden planks that you open with this larger key. This other key opens a little door that leads from the vineyard to the garden. I’ve promised to meet him there, in the dark middle of the night.

DUKE VINCENTIO

But shall you on your knowledge find this way?

DUKE VINCENTIO

But do you know how to find the way there?

ISABELLA

I have ta’en a due and wary note upon’t:
With whispering and most guilty diligence,
In action all of precept, he did show me
40The way twice o’er.

ISABELLA

I’ve noted it carefully—he gave me the directions twice, whispering the details with care and using gestures to explain.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Are there no other tokens
Between you ’greed concerning her observance?

DUKE VINCENTIO

Are there any other agreed-on signals she has to give?

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