Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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DUKE VINCENTIO

190What, are you married?

DUKE VINCENTIO

What, are you married?

MARIANA

No, my lord.

MARIANA

No, my lord.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Are you a maid?

DUKE VINCENTIO

Are you single?

MARIANA

No, my lord.

MARIANA

No, my lord.

DUKE VINCENTIO

A widow, then?

DUKE VINCENTIO

A widow, then?

MARIANA

195Neither, my lord.

MARIANA

Neither, my lord.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Why, you are nothing then: neither maid, widow, nor wife?

DUKE VINCENTIO

So, you are neither single, widow, nor wife?

LUCIO

My lord, she may be a punk; for many of them are
neither maid, widow, nor wife.

LUCIO

My lord, she may be a prostitute. Many of them are
neither virgin, widow, nor wife.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Silence that fellow: I would he had some cause
200To prattle for himself.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Keep that fellow quiet. I wish he were up on some charge of his own.

LUCIO

Well, my lord.

LUCIO

OK, my lord.

MARIANA

My lord; I do confess I ne’er was married;
And I confess besides I am no maid:
I have known my husband; yet my husband
205Knows not that ever he knew me.

MARIANA

My lord, I do admit I’ve never been married, and I also admit I’m not a virgin. I’ve slept with my husband, but my husband doesn’t know he’s slept with me.

LUCIO

He was drunk then, my lord: it can be no better.

LUCIO

He was drunk then, my lord. That’s the best explanation.

DUKE VINCENTIO

For the benefit of silence, would thou wert so too!

DUKE VINCENTIO

For silence’s sake, be silent yourself!

LUCIO

Well, my lord.

LUCIO

OK, my lord.

DUKE VINCENTIO

This is no witness for Lord Angelo.

DUKE VINCENTIO

This is hardly a witness for Lord Angelo.

MARIANA

210Now I come to’t my lord
She that accuses him of fornication,
In self-same manner doth accuse my husband,
And charges him my lord, with such a time
When I’ll depose I had him in mine arms
215With all the effect of love.

MARIANA

I’m coming to it now, my lord. The woman who’s accusing him of fornication is actually accusing my husband. And she charges it was at the very time when, as I’ll swear, he was in my arms, making love to me.

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