Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

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PROVOST

I am your free dependant.

PROVOST

I’m in your hands.

DUKE VINCENTIO

90Quick, dispatch, and send the head to Angelo.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Hurry, get the head and send it to Angelo.
Exit Provost
The Provost exits.
Now will I write letters to Angelo,—
The provost, he shall bear them, whose contents
Shall witness to him I am near at home,
And that, by great injunctions, I am bound
95To enter publicly: him I’ll desire
To meet me at the consecrated fount
A league below the city; and from thence,
By cold gradation and well-balanced form,
We shall proceed with Angelo.
Now I’ll write letters to Angelo. The provost can deliver them. They’ll say I’m close to home and it’s of the utmost importance that I make a big public entrance. I’ll ask him to meet me at the holy springs three miles out of town. And from there, step by cool step, and observing all the proper procedures, I’ll deal with Angelo.
Re-enter Provost
The Provost re-enters.

PROVOST

100Here is the head; I’ll carry it myself.

PROVOST

Here’s the head. I’ll carry it myself.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Convenient is it. Make a swift return;
For I would commune with you of such things
That want no ear but yours.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Suitable, isn’t it? Come back soon, because I want to talk with you about things that are for your ears only.

PROVOST

I’ll make all speed.

PROVOST

I’ll be as fast as I can.
Exit
He exits.

ISABELLA

105(Within) Peace, ho, be here!

ISABELLA

(offstage) Hello! Peace to all here!

DUKE VINCENTIO

The tongue of Isabel. She’s come to know
If yet her brother’s pardon be come hither:
But I will keep her ignorant of her good,
To make her heavenly comforts of despair,
110When it is least expected.

DUKE VINCENTIO

That’s Isabel’s voice. She’s here to see if her brother’s pardon has come yet. But I’ll hide the news for her own good, to turn her despair into divine comfort when she least expects it.

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