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Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the
Isab. Nay, but it is not so.
It is no other:
Isab. Unhappy Claudio! Wretched Isabel !
Duke. This nor hurts bim, nor profits you a jot:
I am directed by you.
With a light heart; trust not my holy order,
Not within, sir. Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to see thine eyes so red: thou must be patient: I am fain to dine and sup with water and bran; I dare pot for my head fill my belly; one fruitful meal would set me to't: But they say the duke will be here to-morrow. By my troth, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother: if the old fantastical duke of dark corners had been at home, he had lived. [Erit Isabella.
Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholden to your reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.
Lucio. Friar, thou koowest not the duke so well as I do: he's a better woodman than thou takest him for.
Duke. Well, you'll answer this one day. Fare ye well.
Lucio. Nay, tarry; I'll go along with thee; I can tell thee pretty tales of the duke.
Duke. You have told me too many of him al. ready, sir, if they be true; if not true, none were enough.
Lucio. I was once before him for getting a wench with child.
Duke. Did you such a thing?
Lucio. Yes, marry, did I: but was faiv to forswear it; they would else have married me to the rotten medlar.
Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest : Rest you well.
Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the lane's end: If bawdy talks offend you, we'll have very little of it: Nay, friar, I am a kind burr, I shall stick.
A room in Angelo's house.
Enter Angelo and Escalus.
Escal. Every letter he hath writ hath disvouch'd other.
Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions show much like to madness: pray Heaven, his wisdom be not tainted! And why meet him at the gates, and re-deliver our authorities there?
Escal. I guess not.
Ang. And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his entering, that, if any crave redress of in. justice, they should exhibit their petitions in the street?
Escal. He shows his reason for that: to have a despatch of complaints; and to deliver us from de. vices hereafter, which shall then have no power to stand against us.
Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim'd:
Escal. I shall, sir: fare you well. (Exit.
Ang. Good night.--
# Contradicted. + Figure and rank. 1 Calls, challenges her to do it.
For my authority bears a credenti bulk,
Fields without the town.
Enter Duke in his own habit, and Friar Peter.
Duke. These letters at fat time deliver me.
(Giving letters. The provost knows our purpose, and our plot. The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, And hold you ever to our special drift; Though sometimes you do blencht from this to that, As cause doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' house, And tell him where I stay: give the like notice, To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus, And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; But send me Flavius first. F. Peter.
It shall be speeded well.
Duke. I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good
* Credit unquestionable. Uiterer.
Start off. Come, we will walk: There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius.
Street near the city gate.
Enter Isabella and Mariana.
Isab. To speak so indirectly, I am loath;
Be rul'd by him.
Mari. I would, friar Peter.
O, peace; the friar is conie.
Enter Friar Peter.
F. Peter. Come, I have found you out a stand
most fit, Where you may have such vantaget on the duke, He shall not pass you: Twice have the trumpets
Availful, † Advantage. Most noble. Seized.