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Ay, my lord, this same Oli. Alas, poor fool ! how have they baffled thee! Yow now, Malvolio?

Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve Mal.

Madam, you have done me wrong, greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. Notorious wrong.

I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, Oli.

Have I, Malvolio? no. sir; but that's all one :- By the Lord, fool, I am Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that letter: not mad :-But do you remember? Madam, why You must not now deny it is your hand,

laugh you at such a barren rascal ! an you smile not, Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase : he's gagy'd: And thus the whirligig of time brings Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention : in his revenges. You can say none of this : Well, grant it then, Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you. And tell me, in the modesty of honour,

[Erit. Why you have given me such clear lights of favour; Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd. Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you. Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace :To put on yellow stockings, and to frown

He hath not told us of the captain yet; Upon sir Toby, and the lighter people :

When that is known and golden time convents, And, acting this in an obedient hope,

A solemn combination shall be made Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd,

Of our dear souls.-Mean time, sweet sister, Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest, We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come ; And made the most notorious geck, and gull,

For so you shall be, while you are a man; That e'er invention play'd on ? tell me why. But, when in other habits you are seen,

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing, Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. (Exeunt.
Though I confess, much like the character:

But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand.
And now I do bethink me, it was she


When that I was and a little tiny boy, First told me, thou wast mad ; then cam'st in

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, smiling,

A foolish thing was but a toy, And in such forms which here were presuppos'd

For the rain it raineth every day. Upon thee in the letter. Pr'ythee, be content:

But when I came to man's estate, This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon thee:

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, But, when we know the grounds and authors of it,

'Gainst krave and thief men shut their gate, Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge

For the rain it raineth every day.
Of thine own cause.

Good madam, hear me speak; But when I came, alas ! to wive,
And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Taint the condition of this present hour,

By swaggering could I never thrive, Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall not,

For the rain it raineth every day. Most freely I confess, myself, and Toby,

But when I came unto my bed, Set this device against Malvolio here,

With hey, ho, the mind and the rain, Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts

With toss-pots still had drunken head,
We had conceiv'd against him: Maria writ

For the rain it raineth every day.
The letter, at Sir Toby's great importance ;
In recompense whereof, he hath married her.

A great while ago the world begun,
How with a sportful malice it was follow'd,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ;

But that's all one, our play is done, If that the injuries be justly weigh'd,

And we'll strive to please you every day. That have on both sides past.



PERSONS REPRESENTED. Vincentio, Duke of Vienna.

Froth, a foolish gentleman. Angelo, lord deputy in the Duke's absence.

Clown, servant to Mrs. Over-done. Escalus, an ancient lord, joined with Angelo in the Abhorson, an executioner. deputation.

Barnardine, a dissolute prisoner.
Claudio, a young gentleman.
Lucio, a fantastick.

Isabella, sister to Claudio.
Two other like gentlemen.

Mariana, betrothed to Angelo. Varrius, a gentleman, servant to the Duke.

Juliet, beloved by Claudio. Provost.

Francisca, a nun.

Mistress Over-done, a band. A Justice,

Lords, Gentlemen, Guards, officers, and other Elbow, a simple constable.

SCENE,- Vienna.

Thomas, } tro Friars.

ACT 1.

And let them work. The nature of our people,

Our city's institutions, and the terms SCENE I.--An Apartment in the Duke's Palace. For common justice, you are as pregnant in,

As art and practice hath enriched any Enter Duke, Escalus, Lords, and Attendants.

That we remember: There is our commission, Duke. Escalus,

From which we would not have you warp.-Call Escal. My lord.

hither, Duke. Of government the properties to unfold, I say, bid come before us Angelo.-Would seem in me to affect speech and discourse;

(Erit an Ittendant. Since I am put to know, that your own science What figure of us think you he will bear? Exceeds, in that, the lists of all advice

For you must know, we have with special soul My strength can give you : Then no more remains Elected him our absence to supply; But that to your sufficiency, as your worth is able, Lent him our terror, drest him with our love;

And given his deputation all the organs

I Gent. Heaven grant us its peace, but not the Of our own power : What think you of it? king of Hungary's ! Escal. If any in Vienna be of worth

2 Gent. Anien. To undergo such ample grace and honour,

Lucio. Thou concludest like the sanctimonious It is lord Angelo.

pirate, that went to sea with the ten command

ments, but scraped one out of the table. Enter Angelo.

2 Gent. Thou shalt not steal ? Duke. Look, where he comes.

Lucio. Ay, that he razed. Ang. Always obedient to your grace's will,

1 Gent. Why, 'twas a commandment to comI come to know your pleasure.

mand the captain and all the rest from their funcDuke.

Angelo, tions; they put forth to steal : There's not a soldier There is a kind of character in thy life,

of us all, that, in the thanksgiving before meat, That, to the observer, doth thy history

doth relish the petition well that prays for peace. Fully unfold: Thyself and thy belongings

2 Gent. I never heard any soldier dislike it. Are not thine own so proper, as to waste

Lucio. I believe thee; for, I think, thou never Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

wast where grace was said. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ;

2 Gent. No? a dozen times at least. Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues

1 Gent. What? in metre? Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike

Lucio. In any proportion, or in any language. As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd,

1 Gent, I think, or in any religion. But to fine issues : nor nature never lends

Lucio. Ay! why not? Grace is grace, despite of The smallest scruple of her excellence,

all controversy : As for example; Thou thyself art But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines

a wicked villain, despite of all grace. Herself the glory of a creditor,

1 Gent. Well, there went but a pair of sheers Both thanks and use. But I do bend my speech

between us. To one that can my part in him advertise ;

Lucio. I grant; as there may between the lists Hold therefore, Angelo;

and the velvet: Thou art the list. In our remove, be thou at full ourself:

1 Gent. And thou the velvet: thou art good velMortality and mercy in Vienna

vet; thou art a three-pil'd piece, I warrant thee : Live in thy tongue and heart : Old Escalus,

I had as lief be a list of an English kersey, as be Though first in question, is thy secondary : pil'd, as thou art pil'd, for a French velvet. Do I Take thy commission.

speak feelingly now? Ang

Now, good my lord, Lucio. I think thou dost; and, indeed, with most Let there be some more test made of my metal, painful feeling of thy speech : I will, out of thine Before so noble and so great a figure

own confession, learn to begin thy health; but Be stamp'd upon it.

whilst I live, forget to drink after thee. Duke. No more evasion:

1 Gent. I think, I have done myself wrong; have We have with a leaven'd and prepared choice

I not? Proceeded to you; therefore take your honours. 2 Gent. Yes, that thou hast; whether thou art Our haste from hence is of so quick condition,

tainted, or free. 'That it prefers itself, and leaves unquestion'd

Lucio. Behold, behold, where madam Mitigation Matters of needful value. We shall write to you,

comes ! I have purchased as many diseases under As time and our concernings shall importune,

her roof, as come toHow it goes with us; and do look to know

2 Gent. To what, I pray ? What doth befall you here. So, fare you well :

1 Gent. Judge. To the hopeful execution do I leave you

2 Gent. To three thousand dollars a-year. of your commissions.

1 Gent. Ay, and more. Ang. Yet, give leave, my lord,

Lucio. A French crown more. That we may bring you something on the way.

I Gent. Thou art always figuring diseases in me: Duke. My haste may not admit it;

but thou art full of error; I am sound. Nor need you, on mine honour, have to do

Lucio. Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but With any scruple : your scope is as mine own:

so sound, as things that are hollow : thy bones are So to enforce, or qualify the laws

hollow: impiety has made a feast of thee.
As to your soul seems good. Give me your hand;
I'll privily away: I love the people,

Enter Bawd.
But do not like to stage me to their eyes :
Though it do well, I do not relish well

1 Gent. How now? Which of your hips has the Their loud applause, and aves vehement : most profound sciatica ? Nor do I think the man of safe discretion,

Bard. Well, well; there's one yonder arrested, That does affect it. Once more, fare you well. and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of

Ang. The heavens give safety to your purposes ! you all.
Escal. Lead forth, and bring you back in happi- 1 Gent. Who's that, I pray thee?

Bawd. Marry, sir, that's Claudio, signior Claudio. Duke. I thank you : Fare you well. [Exit. 1 Gent. Claudio to prison ! 'tis not so.

Escal. I shall desire you, sir, to give me leave Bawd. Nay, but I know, 'tis so: 1 saw him arTo have free speech with you, and it concerns me rested ; saw him carried away; and, which is more, To look into the bottom of my place :

within these three days his head's to be chopped off. A power I have; but of what strength and nature Lucio. But, after all this fooling, I would not I am not yet instructed.

have it so : Art thou sure of this ? Ang. "Tis so with me:-Let us withdraw toge

Bard. I am too sure of it: and it is for getting And we may soon our satisfaction have [ther, madam Julietta with child. Touching that point.

Lucio. Believe me, this may be: he promised to Escal,

I'll wait upon your honour. meet me two hours since; and he was ever precise

[Exeunt. in promise-keeping.

2 Gent. Besides, you know, it draws something SCENE II.--A Street.

near to the speech we had to such a purpose.

1 Gent. But most of all, agreeing with the pro. Enter Lucio and two Gentlemen.


Lucio. Away; let's go learn the truth of it. Lucio. If the duke, with the other dukes, come

[Exeunt Lucio and Gentlemen. not to composition with the king of Hungary, why, Band. Thus, what with the war, what with the then all the dukes fall upon the king.

sweat, what with the gallows, and what with po

verty, I am custom-shrunk. How now? what's the Claud. Unhappily, even so. news with you ?

And the new deputy now for the duke,

Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness; Enter Clown.

Or whether that the body public be Clo. Yonder man is carried to prison.

A horse whereon the governor doth ride, Band. Well; what has he done?

Who, newly in the seat, that it may know Clo. A woman.

He can command, lets it straight feel the spur : Band. But what's his offence ?

Whether the tyranny be in his place, Clo. Groping for trouts in a peculiar river. Or in his eminence that fills it up, Band. What, is there a maid with child by him? I stagger in :-But this new governor

Clo. No; but there's a woman with maid by him : Awakes me all the enroll'd penalties, (wall You have not heard of the proclamation, have you ? Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the Band. What proclamation, man?

So long, that nineteen zodiacks have gone round, Clo. All houses in the suburbs of Vienna must be And none of them been worn; and, for a name, pluck'd down.

Now puts the drowsy and neglected act Band. And what shall become of those in the city ? Freshly on me :---'tis surely, for a name.

Clo. They shall stand for seed: they had gone Lucio. I wariant, it is : and thy head stands so down too, but that a wise burgher put in for them. tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be

Band. But shall all our houses of resort in the in love, may sigh it off. Send after the duke, and suburbs be pull'd down?

appeal to him. Clo. To the ground, mistress.

Claud. I have done so, but he's not to be found. Bawd. Why, here's a change, indeed, in the com- I pr'ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service; monwealth! What shall become of me?

This day my sister should the cloister enter, Clo. Come ; fear not you : good counsellors lack And there receive her approbation : no clients : though you change your place, you need Acquaint her with the danger of my state; not change your trade; I'll be your tapster still. Implore her in my voice, that she make friends Courage; there will be pity taken on you : you that To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him ; have worn your eyes almost out in the service, you I have great hope in that: for in her youth will be considered.

There is a prone and speechless dialect, Band. What's to do here, Thomas Tapster ? Let's such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous art withdraw.

When she will play with reason and discourse, Clo. Here comes signior Claudio, led by the pro- And well she can persuade. vost to prison : and there's madam Juliet. (Ereunt. Lucio. I pray, she may : as well for the encou.

ragement of the like, which else would stand under SCENE III.-The same.

grievous imposition; as for the enjoying of thy life, Enter Provost, Claudio, Juliet, and Officers ; Lu- who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost cio and tro Gentlemen.

at a game of tick-tack. I'll to her.

Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio. Claud. Fellow, why dost thou show me thus to

Lucio. Within two hours, the world?

Claud. Come, officer, away.

(Ereunt. Bear me to prison, where I am committed. Pro. I do it not in evil disposition,

SCENE IV.-A monastery. But from lord Angelo by special charge.

Enter Duke and Friar Thomas. Claud. Thus can the demi-god, Authority, Make us pay down for our offence by weight.-.. Duke. No; holy father; throw away that thought; The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will; Believe not that the dribbling dart of love On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. Can pierce a complete bosom: why I desire thee

Lucio. Why, how now, Claudio ? whence comes To give me secret harbour, hath a purpose this restraint ?

More grave and wrinkled than the aims and ends Claud. From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty : Of burning youth. As surfeit is the father of much fast,


May your grace speak of it? So every scope by the immoderate use,

Duke. My holy sir, none better knows than you Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue,

How I have ever lov'd the life removed ; (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,) And held in idle price to haunt assemblies, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps.

Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I have deliver'd to lord Angelo I would send for certain of my creditors : And yet, (A man of stricture, and firm abstinence,) to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of My absolute power and place here in Vienna, freedom, as the morality of imprisonment.-

What's And he supposes me travell'd to Poland; thy offence, Claudio ?

For so I have strew'd it in the common ear,
Claud. What, but to speak of would offend again. And so it is receiv'd : Now, pious sir,
Lucio. What is it? murder ?

You will demand of me, why I do this?
Claud. No.

Fri. Gladly, my lord.

flaws, Lucio. Lechery ?

Duke. We have strict statutes, and most biting Claud. Call it so.

(The needful bits and curbs for head-strong steeds,) Prov. Away, sir; you must go.

Which for these fourteen years we have let sleep; Claud. One word, good friend :-Lucio, a word Even like an o'er-grown lion in a cave, with you.

[Takes him aside. That goes not out to prey: Now, as fond fathers Lucio. A hundred, if they'll do you any good.- Having bound up the threat'ning twigs of birch, Is lechery so look'd after ?

Only to stick it in their children's sight, Claud. Thus stands it with me :-Upon a true For terror, not to use ; in time the rod I got possession of Julietta's bed; (contract, Becomes more mock'd, than fear'd : so our decrees, You know the lady; she is fast my wife,

Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead; Save that we do the denunciation lack

And liberty plucks justice by the nose ; Of outward order: this we came not to,

The baby beats the nurse, and quite ath wart Only for propagation of a dower

Goes all decorum. Remaining in the coffer of her friends ;


It rested in your grace From whom we thought it meet to hide our love, To unloose this tied-up justice, when you pleas'd Till time had made them for us. But it chances, And it in you more dreadful would have seem'd, The stealth of our most mutual entertainment, Than in lord Angelo. With character too gross, is writ on Juliet.


I do fear, too dreadful. Lucio. With child, perhaps ?

Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope,

Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall them Lucio.

This is the point. For what I bid them do: For we bid this be done, The duke is very strangely gone from hence; When evil deeds have their permissive pass, Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, And not the punishment. Therefore, indeed, my In hand, and hope of action : but we do learn I have on Angelo impos'd the office; (father, By those that know the very nerves of state, Who may, in the ambush of my name, strike home, His givings out were of an infinite distance And yet my nature never in the sight,

From his true meant design. Upon his place, To do it slander: And to behold his sway,

And with full line of his authority, I will, as 'twere a brother of your order,

Governs lord Angelo : a man, whose blood Visit both prince and people : therefore, I pr'ythee, Is very snow-broth; one who never feels Supply me with the habit, and instruct me The wanton stings and motions of the sense ; How I may formally in person bear me

But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge Like a true friar. More reasons for this action, With profits of the mind, study and fast. At our more leisure shall I render you;

He (to give fear to use and liberty, Only, this one:-Lord Angelo is precise ;

Which have, for long, run by the hideous law, Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses As mice by lions) hath pick'd out an act, That his blood flows, or that his appetite

Under whose heavy sense your brother's life
Is more to bread than stone : Hence shall we see, Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it;
If power change purpose, what our seemers be. And follows close the rigour of the statute,

[Excunt. To make him an example; all hope is gone,

Unless you have the grace by your fair prayer
SCENE V.--A Nunnery.

To soften Angelo : And that's my pith
Enter Isabella and Francisca.

Of business 'twixt you and your poor brother.

Isab. Doth he so seek his life? Isab. And have you nuns no farther privileges ?


Has censur'd him Fran. Are not these large enough?

Already; and, as I hear, the provost hath
Isab. Yes, truly : I speak not as desiring more; A warrant for his execution.
But rather wishing a more strict restraint

Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
Upon the sister-hood, the votarists of saint Clare. To do him good ?
Lucio. Ho! Peace be in this place! (Within. Lucio.

Assay the power you have. Isab.

Who's that which calls ? Isab. My power! Alas! I doubt,Fran. It is a man's voice : Gentle Isabella,


Our doubts are traitors, Turn you the key, and know his business of him : And make us lose the good we oft might win, You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn: By fearing to attempt : Go to lord Angelo, When you have vow'd, you must not speak with And let him learn to know, when maidens sue, But in the presence of the prioress : (men, Men give like gods; but when they weep and kneel, Then, if you speak, you must not show your face; All their petitions are as freely theirs Or, if you show your face, you must not speak. As they themselves would owe them. He calls again ; I pray you answer him.

Isab. I'll see what I can do. [Erit Francisca. Lucio.

But, speedily. Isab. Peace and prosperity! Who is't that calls ? Isab. I will about it straight;

No longer staying but to give the mother
Enter Lucio.

Notice of my affair. I humbly thank you : Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be ; as those cheek- Commend me to my brother : soon at night roses

I'll send him certain word of my success.
Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me, Lucio. I take my leave of you.
As bring me to the sight of Isabella,


Good sir, adieu. A novice of this place, and the fair sister

Exeunt. To her unhappy brother Claudio ?

Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? let me ask; The rather, for I now must make you know

ACT II. I am that Isabella, and his sister.

Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets Not to be weary with you, he's in prison. [you:

SCENE I.-A Hall in Angelo's House. Isab. Woe me? for what? Lucio. For that, which if myself might be his Enter Angelo, Escalus, a Justice, Provost, Officers, judge,

and other Attendants. He should receive his punishment in thanks :

Ing. We must not make a scare-crow of the w, He hath got his friend with child.

Setting it up to fear the birds of prey, Isab. Sir, make me not your story.

And let it keep one shape, till custom make it Lucio.

It is true. Their perch, and not their terror. I would not-though 'tis my familiar sin


Ay, but yet With maids to seem the lapwing, and to jest, Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, (man, Tongue far from heart,--play with all virgins so: Than fall, and bruise to death : Alas! this gentle. I hold you as a thing ensky'd, and sainted;

Whom I would save, had a most noble father. By your renouncement, an immortal spirit; Let but your honour know, And to be talk'd with in sincerity,

(Whom I believe to be most strait in virtue,) As with a saint.

That, in the working of your own affections, Isab. You do blaspheme the good, in mocking me. Had time coher'd with place, or place with wishing, Lucio. Do not believe it. Fewness and truth, Or that the resolute acting of your blood 'tis thus :

Could have attain'd the effect of your own purpose,
Your brother and his lover have embrac'd : Whether you had not sometime in
As those that feed grow full; as blossoming time, Err'd in this point which now you censure him,
That from the seedness the bare fallow brings And pull'd the law upon you.
To teeming foison ; even so her plenteous womb Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,
Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry.

Another thing to fall. I not deny,
Isab. Some one with child by him ?--My cousin The jury, passing on the prisoner's life,
Lucio. Is she your cousin ?

(Juliet ? May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two Iso Adoptedly; as school-maids ch their Guiltier than they try : What's open made to By vain though apt affection.


justice, Lucio.

She it is.

That justice seizes. What know the laws, Isab. O, let him marry her!

That thieves do pass on thieves ? 'Tis very pregnant,

your life

The jewei that we find, we stoop and take it, being great belly'd, and longing, as I said, for Because we see it; but what we do not see, prunes; and having but two in the dish, as I said, We tread upon, and never think of it.

master Froth here, this very man, having eaten the You may not so extenuate his offence,

rest, as I said, and, as I say, paying for them very For I have had such faults; but rather tell me, honestly ;-for, as you know, master Froth, I could When I, that censure him, do so offend,

not give you three-pence again. Let mine own judgment pattern out my death,

Froth. No, indeed. And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die. Clo. Very well : you being then, if you be remem. Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.

ber'd, cracking the stones of the aforesaid prunes. Ang.

Where is the provost ? Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed. Prov. Here, if it like your honour.

Clo. Why, very well : 1 telling you then, if you Ang.

See that Claudio be remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, Be executed by nine to-morrow morning :

were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they Bring him his confessor, let him be prepard ; kept very good diet, as I told you. For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage.

Froth. All this is true.

Erit Provost. Clo. Why, very well then. Escal. Well, heaven forgive him ! and forgive us Escal. Come, you are a tedious fool: to the Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall : (all! purpose.- What was done to Elbow's wife, that Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none; he hath cause to complain of? Come me to what And some condemned for a fault alone.

was done to her. Enter Elbow, Froth, Clown, Officers, &c.

Clo. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet.

Escal. No, sir, nor I mean it not. Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good Clo. Sir, but you shall come to it, by your hopeople in a common-weal, that do nothing but use nour's leave : And, I beseech you, look into master their abuses in common houses, I know no law; Froth here, sir ; a man of fourscore pound a year ; bring them away.

whose father died at Hallowmas:-Was't not at Any. How now, sir! What's your name? and Hallowmas, master Froth ? what's the matter ?

Froth. All-hollond eve. Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor Clo. Why, very well; I hope here be truths : He, duke's constable, and my name is Elbow ; I do sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower chair, sir ;-'twas Jean upon justice, sir, and do bring in here before in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you have a your good honour two notorious benefactors. delight to sit : Have you not?

Ang. Benefactors ? Well; what benefactors are Froth. I have so; because it is an open room, they ? are they not malefactors ?

and good for winter. Elb. If it please your honour, I know not well Clo. Why, very well then ;-I hope here be truths. what they are: but precise villains they are, that I Ang. This will last out a night in Russia, am sure of; and void of all profanation in the When nights are longest there : I'll take my leave, world, that good christians ought to have.

And leave you to the hearing of the cause ; Escal. This comes off well; here's a wise officer. Hoping, you'll find good cause to whip them all.

Ang. Go to : What quality are they of? Elbow Escal. I think no less : Good morrow to your is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow ? lordship.

(Exit Angelo. Clo. He cannot, sir; he's out at elbow.

Now, sir, come on: What was done to Elbow's Ang. What are you, sir ?

wife, once more? Elb. He, sir ? a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd; one Clo. Once, sir ? there was nothing done to her that serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, was, as once. they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs; and now Elb. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man she professes a hot-house, which, I think, is a very did to my wife. ill house too.

Clo. I beseech your honour, ask me. Escal. How know you that ?

Escal. Well, sir: what did this gentleman to her ? Elb. My wife, sir, whom I detest before heaven Clo. I beseech you, sir, look in this gentleman's and your honour,

face.-Good master Froth, look upon his honour; Escal. How! thy wife ?

'tis for a good purpose : Doth your honour mark Elb. Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an his face? honest woman,

Escal. Ay, sir, very well. Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore ?

Clo. Nay, I beseech you, mark it well. Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well Escal. Well, I do so. as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, Clo. Doth your honour see any harm in his face ? it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house. Escal. Why, no.

Escal. How dost thou know that, constable ? Clo. I'll be supposed upon a book, his face is the

Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife; who, if she had worst thing about him: Good then ; if his face be been a woman cardinally given, might have been the worst thing about him, how could master Froth accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanli- do the constable's wife any harm ? I would know ness there.

that of your honour. Escal. By the woman's means?

Escal. He's in the right: Constable, what say Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Over-done's means : but you to it? as she spit in his face, so she defied him.

Elb. First, an it like you, the house is a respected Clo. Sir, if it please your honour, this is not so. house ; next, this is a respected fellow; and his

Eld. Prove it before these varlets here, thou mistress is a respected woman. honourable man, prove it.

Clo. By this hand, sir, his wife is a more reEscal. Do you hear how he misplaces ?

spected person than any of us all.

[To Angelo. Elb, Varlet, thou liest ; thou liest, wicked varlet: Clo. Sir, she came in great with child; and the time is yet to come, that she was ever respected, longing (saving your honour's reverence) for stew'd with man, woman, or child. prunes; sir, we had but two in the house, which at Clo. Sir, she was respected with him before he that very distant time stood, as it were, in a fruit married with her. dish, a dish of some three-pence; your honours have Escal. Which is the wiser here ? Justice, or Ini. seen such dishes; they are not China dishes, but quity ? --Is this true ? very good dishes.

Elb. 0 thou caitiff ! O thou varlet! 0 thou Escal. Go to, go to; no matter for the dish, sir. wicked Hannibal ! I respected with her, before I

Clo. No, indeed, sir, not of a pin; you are was married to her ? If ever I was respected with cherein in the right: but, to the point: As I say, her, or she with me, let not your worship think this mistress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and me the poor duke's officer :-Prove this, thou


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