Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 1

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Re-enter MARIANA and ISABELLA
MARIANA and ISABELLA re-enter.
Welcome, how agreed?
Welcome back. What did you decide?

ISABELLA

She’ll take the enterprise upon her, father,
70If you advise it.

ISABELLA

She’ll do it, father, if you recommend it.

DUKE VINCENTIO

It is not my consent,
But my entreaty too.

DUKE VINCENTIO

I don’t just recommend it. I beg her to do it.

ISABELLA

Little have you to say
When you depart from him, but, soft and low,
75‘Remember now my brother.’

ISABELLA

When you leave him, all you have to do is say softly, “Now remember my brother.”

MARIANA

Fear me not.

MARIANA

Don’t worry about me.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Nor, gentle daughter, fear you not at all.
He is your husband on a pre-contract:
To bring you thus together, ’tis no sin,
80Sith that the justice of your title to him
Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go:
Our corn’s to reap, for yet our tithe’s to sow.

DUKE VINCENTIO

And, gentle daughter, don’t worry for yourself. He is your husband-to-be, so it’s no sin for you two to sleep together—your valid claim as his wife allows the deception. Come on, let’s go. We have to sow the seeds before we can reap the harvest.
Exeunt
They exit.

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