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Measure for Measure: Act 4, Scene 4

Measure for Measure
Act 4, Scene 4

A room in Angelo’s house.

  1. Enter Angelo and Escalus.

Escalus

2
  1. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch’d other.

Angelo

3 - 6
  1. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions show much
  2. like to madness, pray heaven his wisdom be not tainted! And
  3. why meet him at the gates, and redeliver our authorities
  4. there?

Escalus

7
  1. I guess not.

Angelo

8 - 10
  1. And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his
  2. ent’ring, that if any crave redress of injustice, they
  3. should exhibit their petitions in the street?

Escalus

11 - 13
  1. He shows his reason for that: to have a dispatch of
  2. complaints, and to deliver us from devices hereafter, which
  3. shall then have no power to stand against us.

Angelo

14 - 16
  1. Well; I beseech you let it be proclaim’d betimes i’ th’
  2. morn. I’ll call you at your house. Give notice to such men
  3. of sort and suit as are to meet him.

Escalus

17
  1. I shall, sir. Fare you well.

Angelo

18 - 34
  1. Good night.
  2. Exit Escalus.
  3. This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant
  4. And dull to all proceedings. A deflow’red maid!
  5. And by an eminent body that enforc’d
  6. The law against it! But that her tender shame
  7. Will not proclaim against her maiden loss,
  8. How might she tongue me! Yet reason dares her no,
  9. For my authority bears of a credent bulk,
  10. That no particular scandal once can touch
  11. But it confounds the breather. He should have liv’d,
  12. Save that his riotous youth with dangerous sense
  13. Might in the times to come have ta’en revenge,
  14. By so receiving a dishonor’d life
  15. With ransom of such shame. Would yet he had liv’d!
  16. Alack, when once our grace we have forgot,
  17. Nothing goes rightwe would, and we would not.
  1. Exit.
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