Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 13

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ESCALUS

Call that same Isabel here once again; I would speak with her.

ESCALUS

Call that Isabel here once again. I want to speak with her.
Exit an Attendant
An attendant exits.
Pray you, my lord, give me leave to question; you
295shall see how I’ll handle her.
Please, my lord, let me do the questioning. You’ll see how I’ll handle her.

LUCIO

Not better than he, by her own report.

LUCIO

Not better than he, according to her.

ESCALUS

Say you?

ESCALUS

What did you say?

LUCIO

Marry, sir, I think, if you handled her privately,
she would sooner confe perchance, publicly,
300she’ll be ashamed.

LUCIO

Frankly, sir, I think, if you handled her privately, she’d be more likely to confess. She might be ashamed to do it in public.

ESCALUS

I will go darkly to work with her.

ESCALUS

I’ll keep the matter out of the spotlight.

LUCIO

That’s the way; for women are light at midnight.

LUCIO

That’s the way. Women are easiest in the dark.
Re-enter Officers with ISABELLA; and Provost with the DUKE VINCENTIO in his friar’s habit
Officers re-enter with ISABELLA. The Provost re-enters with DUKE VINCENTIO in his friar’s habit.

ESCALUS

Come on, mistre here’s a gentlewoman denies all
that you have said.

ESCALUS

(to Isabella) Listen, mi this woman contradicts everything you’ve said.

LUCIO

305My lord, here comes the rascal I spoke of; here with
the provost.

LUCIO

My lord, here comes the rascal I was talking about, with
the provost.

ESCALUS

In very good time: speak not you to him till we
call upon you.

ESCALUS

All in good time. Don’t speak to him until we summon you.

LUCIO

Mum.

LUCIO

Mum’s the word.

ESCALUS

310Come, sir: did you set these women on to slander
Lord Angelo? they have confessed you did.

ESCALUS

Now, sir, did you egg these women on to slander
Lord Angelo? They have confessed you did.

DUKE VINCENTIO

’Tis false.

DUKE VINCENTIO

It’s a lie.

ESCALUS

How! know you where you are?

ESCALUS

What! Do you know where you are?

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