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I humbly thank you.
Enter Is A BELLA.
Duke. Provost, a word with you
As many as you please.
be conceal'd, Yet hear them.
[E.reunt Duke and Provost. Claud.
Now, sister, what's the comfort?
for his swift embassador,
Is there no remedy?
But is there any?
There is a devilish mercy in the judge,
But in what nature ?
Let me know the point.,
Why giye you me this shame? Think
I can a resolution fetch From flowery tenderness ? If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride, And hug it in mine arms. Isab. There spake my brother; there my father's
grave Did utter forth a voice! Yes, thou must die : Thou art too noble to conserve a life In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy, Whose settled visage and deliberate word
3 Vastness of extent.
Nips youth i'the head, and follies doth enmew,4
The princely Angelo?
O, heavens! it cannot be.
Thou shalt not do't.
my I'd throw it down for
Thanks, dear Isabel.
Claud. Yes. Has he affections in him,
Isab. Which is the least?
Claud. If it were damnable, he, being so wise,
Isab. What says my brother?
4 Shut up
5 Laced robes.
Death is a fearful thing. Isab. And shamed life a hateful.
Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where;
Isab. Alas! alas!
Sweet sister, let me live:
O, you beast!.
Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed :
Claud, Nay, Hear me, Isabel.
O, fye, fye, fye!
O hear me, Isabella.
Re-enter 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 have 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 past 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 judgment with the disposition of natures: she, having the truth of honour 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