Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

page Act 4 Scene 3 Page 8

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Exit ISABELLA
ISABELLA exits.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholding to your
reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Sir, the duke is nothing at all like you report.

LUCIO

Friar, thou knowest not the duke so well as I do:
he’s a better woodman than thou takest him for.

LUCIO

Friar, you don’t know the duke as well as I do. He’s more of a womanizer than you think.

DUKE VINCENTIO

165Well, you’ll answer this one day. Fare ye well.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Well, you’ll pay for this one day. Goodbye.

LUCIO

Nay, tarry; I’ll go along with thee
I can tell thee pretty tales of the duke.

LUCIO

No, wait. I’ll go along with you. I can tell you some great tales about the duke.

DUKE VINCENTIO

You have told me too many of him already, sir, if
they be true; if not true, none were enough.

DUKE VINCENTIO

You’ve already told me too many, sir, if they’re true. If they’re not true, I don’t want to hear any.

LUCIO

170I was once before him for getting a wench with child.

LUCIO

I appeared before him once for getting a girl pregnant.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Did you such a thing?

DUKE VINCENTIO

Did you do such a thing?

LUCIO

Yes, marry, did I but I was fain to forswear it;
they would else have married me to the rotten medlar.

LUCIO

Yes, I did, but I denied it under oath. They would’ve made me marry the rotten whore otherwise.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Sir, your company is fairer than honest. Rest you well.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Sir, you look a lot nicer than you are. Goodbye.

LUCIO

175By my troth, I’ll go with thee to the lane’s end:
if bawdy talk offend you, we’ll have very little of
it. Nay, friar, I am a kind of burr; I shall stick.

LUCIO

I swear, I’ll go with you to the end of the lane. If dirty talk offends you, we’ll avoid it. No, friar, I’m like a kind of burr—I’ll stick to you.
Exeunt
They exit.

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