Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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FRIAR PETER

Would he were here, my lord! for he indeed
Hath set the women on to this complaint:
Your provost knows the place where he abides
275And he may fetch him.

FRIAR PETER

I wish he were here, my lord! Because he did encourage the women to make this accusation. Your provost knows where he lives and can go get him.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Go do it instantly.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Go do it, immediately.
Exit Provost
The Provost exits.
And you, my noble and well-warranted cousin,
Whom it concerns to hear this matter forth,
Do with your injuries as seems you best,
280In any chastisement: I for a while will leave you;
But stir not you till you have well determined
Upon these slanderers.
(to Angelo) And you, my noble and respected friend, who have a stake in seeing this matter to the end, deal with the crimes against you as you think best, with any form of punishment. I’ll leave you for a while, but don’t move until you have fully decided the fate of these slanderers.

ESCALUS

My lord, we’ll do it throughly.

ESCALUS

My lord, we’ll do it thoroughly.
Exit DUKE
DUKE VINCENTO exits.
Signior Lucio, did not you say you knew that
285Friar Lodowick to be a dishonest person?
Signor Lucio, didn’t you say you knew this Friar Lodowick to be a dishonest person?

LUCIO

‘Cucullus non facit monachum:’ honest in nothing
but in his clothes; and one that hath spoke most
villanous speeches of the duke.

LUCIO

“A hood does not make a monk”—his friar’s clothes are the only holy thing about him. And he’s said very evil things about the duke.

ESCALUS

We shall entreat you to abide here till he come and
290enforce them against him: we shall find this friar a
notable fellow.

ESCALUS

We’ll ask you to stay here until he comes and we lay those charges against him. We think this friar’s a notorious character.

LUCIO

As any in Vienna, on my word.

LUCIO

As much as anyone in Vienna, on my word.

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