Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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ESCALUS

Slander to the state! Away with him to prison!

ESCALUS

Slandering the state! Take him away to prison!

ANGELO

What can you vouch against him, Signior Lucio?
Is this the man that you did tell us of?

ANGELO

What evidence do you have against him, Signor Lucio?
Is this the man you told us about?

LUCIO

’Tis he, my lord. Come hither, goodman baldpate:
350do you know me?

LUCIO

He’s the one, my lord. Come here,

baldy

friars traditionally shaved their heads

baldy
. Do you know me?

DUKE VINCENTIO

I remember you, sir, by the sound of your voice: I
met you at the prison, in the absence of the duke.

DUKE VINCENTIO

I remember you, sir, by the sound of your voice. I
met you at the prison, back when the duke was away.

LUCIO

O, did you so? And do you remember what you said of the duke?

LUCIO

Oh, you did? And do you remember what you said about the duke?

DUKE VINCENTIO

Most notedly, sir.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Definitely, sir.

LUCIO

355Do you so, sir? And was the duke a fleshmonger, a
fool, and a coward, as you then reported him to be?

LUCIO

Do you, sir? And was the duke a pimp, a fool, and a coward, as you then reported him to be?

DUKE VINCENTIO

You must, sir, change persons with me, ere you make
that my report: you, indeed, spoke so of him; and
much more, much worse.

DUKE VINCENTIO

You must, sir, switch identities with me, before you claim those were my words. You were the one who said that about him, and much more, much worse.

LUCIO

360O thou damnable fellow! Did not I pluck thee by the
nose for thy speeches?

LUCIO

Damn you, fellow! Didn’t I smack you in the nose for your comments?

DUKE VINCENTIO

I protest I love the duke as I love myself.

DUKE VINCENTIO

I swear I love the duke like I love myself.

ANGELO

Hark, how the villain would close now, after his
treasonable abuses!

ANGELO

Look, how the villain would appease us now, after his treasonable slanders!

ESCALUS

365Such a fellow is not to be talked withal. Away with
him to prison! Where is the provost? Away with him
to prison! lay bolts enough upon him: let him
speak no more. Away with those giglots too, and
with the other confederate companion!

ESCALUS

You can’t talk to this type of fellow. Take him away to prison! Where is the provost? Take him to prison! Put him in chains, gag him. Away with those loose women, too, and their co-conspirator.

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