Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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ESCALUS

Be it as your wisdom will.

ESCALUS

As you command.

ANGELO

Where is the provost?

ANGELO

Where is the provost?

PROVOST

35Here, if it like your honour.

PROVOST

Here, sir.

ANGELO

See that Claudio
Be executed by nine to-morrow morning:
Bring him his confessor, let him be prepared;
For that’s the utmost of his pilgrimage.

ANGELO

See that Claudio is executed by nine tomorrow morning. Give him a priest to confess to, and let him prepare himself for death, for this is his journey’s end.
Exit Provost
The Provost exits.

ESCALUS

40[Aside] Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us all!
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall:
Some run from brakes of ice, and answer none:
And some condemned for a fault alone.

ESCALUS

(to himself) Well, heaven forgive him—and forgive us all!
Some people succeed by sinning, and some are brought down by virtue. Some people run from dubious situations and so never suffer punishment, and some people get punished for a single mistake.
Enter ELBOW, and Officers with FROTH and POMPEY
ELBOW and officers holding FROTH and POMPEY enter.

ELBOW

Come, bring them away: if these be good people in
45a commonweal that do nothing but use their abuses in
common houses, I know no law: bring them away.

ELBOW

Bring them this way. If these aren’t the kind of people who do nothing but dirty things in whorehouses, then I don’t know the law. Bring them this way.

ANGELO

How now, sir! What’s your name? and what’s the matter?

ANGELO

Well, sir! What’s your name? And what’s the matter?

ELBOW

If it Please your honour, I am the poor duke’s
constable, and my name is Elbow: I do lean upon
50justice, sir, and do bring in here before your good
honour two notorious benefactors.

ELBOW

If it pleases your honor, I am the duke’s poor
police officer, and my name is Elbow. I rely on the law, sir, and bring in here before you two notorious benefactors (confusing the word benefactor with malefactor).

ANGELO

Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are they? are
they not malefactors?

ANGELO

Benefactors? What benefactors are they? Aren’t they malefactors?

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