Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

page Act 2 Scene 1 Page 8

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ELBOW

180Marry, I thank your worship for it. Thou seest, thou
wicked varlet, now, what’s come upon thee: thou art
to continue now, thou varlet; thou art to continue.

ELBOW

Thank you, your worship. Now, you wicked wretch, you see what’s going to happen to you: you’re to be kept on; they’re keeping you on.

ESCALUS

Where were you born, friend?

ESCALUS

Where were you born, friend?

FROTH

Here in Vienna, sir.

FROTH

Here in Vienna, sir.

ESCALUS

185Are you of fourscore pounds a year?

ESCALUS

Do you have an income of 80 pounds a year?

FROTH

Yes, an’t please you, sir.

FROTH

Yes, sir.

ESCALUS

So. What trade are you of, sir?

ESCALUS

All right. What do you do, sir?

POMPHEY

Tapster; a poor widow’s tapster.

POMPHEY

Bartender; a poor widow’s bartender.

ESCALUS

Your mistress’ name?

ESCALUS

Your employer’s name?

POMPHEY

190Mistress Overdone.

POMPHEY

Mistress Overdone.

ESCALUS

Hath she had any more than one husband?

ESCALUS

Has she had more than one husband?

POMPEY

Nine, sir; Overdone by the last.

POMPEY

Nine, sir. She got the name Overdone from the last one.

ESCALUS

Nine! Come hither to me, Master Froth. Master
Froth, I would not have you acquainted with
195tapsters: they will draw you, Master Froth, and you
will hang them. Get you gone, and let me hear no
more of you.

ESCALUS

FROTH

I thank your worship. For mine own part, I never
come into any room in a tap-house, but I am drawn
200in.

FROTH

Thank you, your worship. Personally, I never go into bars, unless I’m

drawn in

a play on ale being drawn from a tap

drawn in
.

ESCALUS

Well, no more of it, Master Froth: farewell.

ESCALUS

Well, not anymore, Mr. Froth. Goodbye.
Exit FROTH
FROTH exits.

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