Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

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ABHORSON

Look you, sir; here comes your ghostly father: do
45we jest now, think you?

ABHORSON

Look, sir, here comes your holy confessor. Think we’re joking now?
Enter DUKE VINCENTIO disguised as before
DUKE VINCENTIO, disguised as a friar, enters.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how hastily
you are to depart, I am come to advise you, comfort
you and pray with you.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Sir, out of my sense of charity, and hearing how hastily
you have to leave, I came to advise you, comfort
you, and pray with you.

BARNARDINE

Friar, not I: I have been drinking hard all night,
50and I will have more time to prepare me, or they
shall beat out my brains with billets: I will not
consent to die this day, that’s certain.

BARNARDINE

Not me, friar. I’ve been drinking hard all night, and either I get more time to prepare, or they’ll have to beat out my brains with clubs. I won’t agree to die today, that’s for sure.

DUKE VINCENTIO

O, sir, you must: and therefore I beseech you
Look forward on the journey you shall go.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Oh, sir, you must, and so I beg you to look forward to the journey you’re going on.

BARNARDINE

55I swear I will not die to-day for any man’s
persuasion.

BARNARDINE

I swear I will not die today, no matter who tries to persuade me.

DUKE VINCENTIO

But hear you.

DUKE VINCENTIO

But listen—

BARNARDINE

Not a word: if you have any thing to say to me,
come to my ward; for thence will not I to-day.

BARNARDINE

Not a word: if you got anything to say to me,
come to my cell. I’m not leaving it today.
Exit
He exits.

DUKE VINCENTIO

60Unfit to live or die: O gravel heart!
After him, fellows; bring him to the block.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Unfit to live or die, that stony heart! After him, boys. Bring him to the block.
Exeunt ABHORSON and POMPEY
ABHORSON and POMPEY exit.
Re-enter Provost
The Provost re-enters.

PROVOST

Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner?

PROVOST

Now, sir, how is the prisoner?

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