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Measure for Measure: Act 4 Scene 4
Scene IV A room in ANGELO's house.
- [Enter ANGELO and ESCALUS]
- Every letter he hath writ hath disvouched other.
- 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
- redeliver our authorities there
- I guess not.
- And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his
- entering, that if any crave redress of injustice,
- they should exhibit their petitions in the street?
- He shows his reason for that: to have a dispatch of
- complaints, and to deliver us from devices
- hereafter, which shall then have no power to stand
- against us.
- Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaimed betimes
- i' the morn; I'll call you at your house: give
- notice to such men of sort and suit as are to meet
- I shall, sir. Fare you well.
- Good night.
- [Exit ESCALUS]
- This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant
- And dull to all proceedings. A deflower'd maid!
- And by an eminent body that enforced
- The law against it! But that her tender shame
- Will not proclaim against her maiden loss,
- How might she tongue me! Yet reason dares her no;
- For my authority bears of a credent bulk,
- That no particular scandal once can touch
- But it confounds the breather. He should have lived,
- Save that riotous youth, with dangerous sense,
- Might in the times to come have ta'en revenge,
- By so receiving a dishonour'd life
- With ransom of such shame. Would yet he had lived!
- A lack, when once our grace we have forgot,
- Nothing goes right: we would, and we would not.
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