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Duke. Provost, a word with you.
As many as you please. Duke. Bring them to speak t; where I may be con
ceal'd, Yet hear them.
[Exeunt Duke and Provost. Claud. Now, sister, what's the comfort ?
Isab. Why, as all comforts are ; most good in deed':
Is there no remedy?
But is there any?
Perpetual durance ?
But in what nature ?
+ " Bring me to hear them speak.” Malone.
Therefore your best appointment -] Leiger is the same with resident. Appointment; preparation; act of fitting, or state of being fitted for any thing. 3- a restraint,
To a determin'd scope.] A confinement of your mind to one painful idea : to ignominy, of which the remembrance can neither be suppressed nor escaped. JOHNSON.
Let me know the point.
Why give you me this shame?
Isab. There spake my brother; there my father's grave
The princely Angelo ?
O, heavens! it cannot be.
+-- follies doth enmew,] Forces follies to lie in cover, without daring to show themselves.
A8 falcon doth the fowl -] As the fowl is afraid to flutter while the falcon hovers over it.
His filth within being cast,] To cast a pond is to empty it of mud.
i- princely guards !] i. e. badges of royalty, or outward appearances. Some would read priestly guards, or sanctity.
Isab. Yes, he would give it thee, from this rank of
Thou shalt not do't.
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 ?
Death is a fearful thing. Isab. And shamed life a hateful.
Claud. Ay, but to die, and go we know not where ; To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot; This sensible warm motion to become A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit' To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice ; To be imprison' in the viewless winds", And blown with restless violence round about The pendent world; or to be worse than worst Of those, that lawless and incertain thoughts
8 — from this rank offence,] from the time of my committing this offence, you might persist in sinning with safety. 9 Be perdurably fin'd?] Perdurably is lastingly.
- delighted spirit - ] i. e. the spirit accustomed here to ease and delights.
i_ viewless winds,] i. e. unseen, invisible.
Imagine howling !-'tis too horrible !
Isab. Alas! alas !
Sweet sister, let me live:
O, you beast !
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
8 — a warped slip of wilderness -] i. e. wildness.
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-morrow you must 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. Hold you there : Farewell. [Exit CLAUDIO.
Re-enter Provost. Provost, a word with you.
Prov. What's your will, father?
Duke. That now you are come, you will be gone : Leave me a while with the maid ; my mind promises with my habit, no loss shall touch her by my company. Prov. In good time?
[Exit 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 understanding; and, but that frailty hath examples for his falling, I should wonder at An
6 Do not satisfy your resolution with hopes that are fallible : ] i. e. do not rest with satisfaction on hopes that are fallible.
7 In good time.] i. e. à la bonne heure, so be it, very well.