Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2
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MISTRESS OVERDONE

90But shall all our houses of resort in the suburbs be
pulled down?

MISTRESS OVERDONE

But all our brothels in the suburbs are going to be demolished?

POMPEY

To the ground, mistress.

POMPEY

Down to the ground, ma’am.

MISTRESS OVERDONE

Why, here’s a change indeed in the commonwealth!
What shall become of me?

MISTRESS OVERDONE

Wow, that's a change for the country. What’s going to happen to me?

POMPEY

95Come; fear you not: good counsellors lack no
clients: though you change your place, you need not
change your trade; I’ll be your

tapster

A tapster was a bartender.

tapster
still.
Courage! there will be pity taken on you: you that
have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you
100will be considered.

POMPEY

Come on, don’t worry. Good lawyers never lack for clients. Though you change locations, you don’t need to change professions. I’ll still be your pimp. Courage! They’ll take pity on you; all of you that have grown old and gray servicing people will be repaid.

MISTRESS OVERDONE

What’s to do here, Thomas Tapster? Let’s withdraw.

MISTRESS OVERDONE

What’s all this fuss, Thomas Tapster? Let’s get out of here.

POMPEY

Here comes Signior Claudio, led by the provost to
prison; and there’s Madam Juliet.

POMPEY

Here comes Signior Claudio, led to prison by the provost. And there's Miss Juliet.
Exeunt
They exit.
Enter Provost, CLAUDIO, JULIET, and Officers
The Provost enters, with CLAUDIO (his hands tied), JULIET, and officers.

CLAUDIO

Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to the world?
105Bear me to prison, where I am committed.

CLAUDIO

Man, why are you parading me like this in front of everyone? Take me off to prison already.

PROVOST

I do it not in evil disposition,
But from Lord Angelo by special charge.

PROVOST

I’m not being cruel. It’s Lord Angelo’s special order.

CLAUDIO

CLAUDIO

This is how the authorities, like gods, make us pay for our crimes. As the Bible says, God has mercy on those he chooses to have mercy on, and doesn’t have mercy on those he chooses not to, and so on. I suppose that’s fair.

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