Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

page Act 2 Scene 2 Page 2

Original Text

Modern Text

PROVOST

20I crave your honour’s pardon.
What shall be done, sir, with the groaning Juliet?
She’s very near her hour.

PROVOST

I beg your honor’s pardon. What should we do, sir, with Juliet? She’s in labor, very close to giving birth.

ANGELO

Dispose of her
To some more fitter place, and that with speed.

ANGELO

Make arrangements to get her to a more appropriate place, and do it quickly.
Re-enter Servant
The Servant re-enters.

SERVANT

25Here is the sister of the man condemn’d
Desires access to you.

SERVANT

The condemned man’s sister is here and wants to speak to you.

ANGELO

Hath he a sister?

ANGELO

He has a sister?

PROVOST

Ay, my good lord; a very virtuous maid,
And to be shortly of a sisterhood,
30If not already.

PROVOST

Yes, my good lord—a very virtuous girl who’s entering a convent, if she hasn’t already.

ANGELO

Well, let her be admitted.

ANGELO

Well, bring her in.
Exit Servant
The Servant exits.
See you the fornicatress be removed:
Let have needful, but not lavish, means;
There shall be order for’t.
See that the tramp Juliet is moved, and provide her with everything she needs, but nothing extravagant. I’ll authorize it.
Enter ISABELLA and LUCIO
ISABELLA and LUCIO enter.

PROVOST

35God save your honour!

PROVOST

(departing) God save your honor!

ANGELO

Stay a little while.

ANGELO

Don’t leave yet.
To ISABELLA
(to ISABELLA)
You’re welcome: what’s your will?
Welcome. What do you want?

ISABELLA

I am a woeful suitor to your honour,
Please but your honour hear me.

ISABELLA

I sadly beg a request of your honor. Please hear me, your honor.

Measure for Measure: Popular pages