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Why, would he for the momentary trick
Isab. What says my brother?
Death is a fearful thing. Iscb. And shamed life a hateful.
Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where;
Isab. Alas! alas!
Sweet sister, let me live:
0, you beast! 0, faithless coward! O, dishonset wretch ! Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice? Is't not a kind of incest, to take life From thine own sister's shame? What should I
think? Heaven shield, my mother play'd my father fair! For such a warped slip of wilderness Ne'er issu'd from his blood. Take my defiances : Die; perish! might but my bending down Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed : I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death, No word to save thee.
* Lastingly. + Invisible. # Wildness. Refusal.
Claud. Nay, Hear me, Isabel.
O, fy, fy, fy!
o hear me, Isabella.
Re-entcr Duke. Duke. Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one word.
Isab. What is your will?
Duke. Might you dispense with your leisure, I would by and by have some speech with you:
the satisfaction I would require, is likewise your own benefit.
Isab. I bave no superfluous leisure; my stay must be stolen out of other affairs; but I will attend you a while,
Duke. [To Claudio, aside.] Son, I have overheard what hath passed between you and your sister. Angelo had never the purpose to corrupt her; only he hath made an essay of her virtue, to practise his judgement with the disposition of natures: she, havivg the truth of hungur in her, hath made him that gracious denial which he is most glad to receive: I am confessor to Angelo, and I know this to be true; therefore prepare yourself to death: do not satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fallible: to-morrow you nust die; go to your knees, and make ready
Claud. Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so out of love with life, that I will sue to be rid of it. Duke. Holdt you there: farewell.
(Erit Claudio. Re-enter Provost.
Provost, a word with you.
. An established habit.
Prod. What's your will, father?
Duke. That now you are come, you will be gone: leave ine a while with the maid; my mind promises with my habit, no loss shall touch her by my com. pany. Prod. In good time.
[Erit. Provost. Duke. The hand that hath made you fair, hath made you good : the goodness, that is cheap in beauty, makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of your complexion, should keep the body of it ever fair. The assault, that Angelo hath made to you, fortune hath convey'd to my under. standing; and, but that frailty hath examples for his falling, I should wonder at Angelo. How would you do to content this substitute, and to save yoar brother?
Isab. I am now going to resolve him: I had ra. ther my brother die by the law, than my son should be unlawfully born. But O, how much is the good duke deceived in Angelo! If ever he return, and I can speak to bim, I will open my lips in vain, or dis. cover his government.
Duke. That shall not be much amiss : yet, as the matter now stands, he will avoid your accusation; be made trial of you only.-Therefore, fasten your ear on my advisings; to the love I have in doing good, a remedy presents itself. I do make myself believe, that you may most uprighteously do a poor wronged lady a merited benefit; redeem your brother from the angry law; do no stain to your own gracious person; and much please the absent duke, jf, peradventure, he shall ever return to have hear. ing of this business.
Isab. Let me hear you speak further; I have spi. rit to do any thing that appears not foul in the truth of my spirit.
Duke. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fear. ful. Have not you heard speak of Mariana, the sister of Frederick, tlie great suldier, who niscarried at sea ?
Isab. I have heard of the lady, and good words went with her name.
Duke. Her should this Angelo have married ; was affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed : between which time of the contract, and limit of the solemnity, her brotber Frederick was wrecked at sea, having in that perish'd vessel the dowry of his sister. But mark, how heavily this befel to the poor gentlewoman: there she lost a noble and renowned brother, in his love toward her ever most kind and natural; with him the portion and sinew of her for, tune, her marriage-dowry; with both, her combinate* husband, this well-seeming Angelo.
Isab. Can this be so? Did Angelo so leave her? .
Duke. Left her in her tears, and dry'd not one of them with bis comfort; swallowed his vows whole, pretending, in her, discoveries of dishonour: in few, bestowedt her on her own lamentation, which she yet wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her tears, is washed with them, but relents pot.
Isab. What a merit were it in death, to take this poor maid from the world! What corruption in this life, that it will let this man live ! But how out of this can she avail?
Duke. It is a rupture that you may easily heal : and the cure of it not only saves your brother, but keeps you from dishononr in doing it.
Isab. Show me how, good father.
Duke. This fore-named maid hath yet in her the continuance of her first affection; his unjust un. kindness, that in all reason should have quenched her love, hath, like an impediment in the current, made it more violent and unruly. Go you to Angelo; answer his requiring with a plausible obedience; agree with his demands to the point: only refert yourself to this advantage,-first, that your stay with him may not be long; that the time may have
• Betrothed. + Gave her up to lier sorrows. | Have recourse to.
all shadow and silence in it; and the place answer to convenience: this being granted in course, now follows all. We shall advise this wronged maid to stead up your appointment, go in your place; if the encounter acknowledge itself hereafter, it may com. pel him to her recompense: and here, by this, is your brother saved, your honour avtainted, the poor Mariana advantaged, and the corrupt deputy scaled. The maid will I frame, and make fit for his attempt. if you think well to carry this as you may, the dou. bleness of the benefit defends the deceit from reproof. What think you of it?
Isab. The image of it gives me content already; and, I trust, it will grow to a most prosperous perfection. • Duke. It lies much in your holding up: haste you speedily to Angelo; if for this night he eutreat you to his hed, give him promise of satisfaction. I will presently to St. Luke's; there, at the moated granget, resides this dejected Mariana : at that place call upon me; and despatch with Angelo, that it may be quickly.
Isab. I thank you for this comfort: fare you well, good father,
[Ea eunt sederally.
The street before the prison.
Enter Duke, as u friar; to him Elbow, Clown, and
Officers. Elb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that you will needs buy and sell men and women like beasts, we shall bave all the world drink brown and white bastardt.
• Over-reached. * A sweet wine.
+ A solitary farm-house.