Speeches (Lines) for Elbow
in "Measure for Measure"

Total: 28

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# Act, Scene, Line
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1

II,1,498

Come, bring them away: if these be good people in
a commonweal that do nothing but use their abuses in
common houses, I know no law: bring them away.

2

II,1,502

If it Please your honour, I am the poor duke's
constable, and my name is Elbow: I do lean upon
justice, sir, and do bring in here before your good
honour two notorious benefactors.

3

II,1,508

If it? please your honour, I know not well what they
are: but precise villains they are, that I am sure
of; and void of all profanation in the world that
good Christians ought to have.

4

II,1,517

He, sir! a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd; one that
serves a bad woman; whose house, sir, was, as they
say, plucked down in the suburbs; and now she
professes a hot-house, which, I think, is a very ill house too.

5

II,1,522

My wife, sir, whom I detest before heaven and your honour,—

6

II,1,524

Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an honest woman,—

7

II,1,526

I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well as
she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house,
it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house.

8

II,1,530

Marry, sir, by my wife; who, if she had been a woman
cardinally given, might have been accused in
fornication, adultery, and all uncleanliness there.

9

II,1,534

Ay, sir, by Mistress Overdone's means: but as she
spit in his face, so she defied him.

10

II,1,537

Prove it before these varlets here, thou honourable
man; prove it.

11

II,1,592

I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man did to my wife.

12

II,1,609

First, an it like you, the house is a respected
house; next, this is a respected fellow; and his
mistress is a respected woman.

13

II,1,614

Varlet, thou liest; thou liest, wicked varlet! the
time has yet to come that she was ever respected
with man, woman, or child.

14

II,1,620

O thou caitiff! O thou varlet! O thou wicked
Hannibal! I respected with her before I was married
to her! If ever I was respected with her, or she
with me, let not your worship think me the poor
duke's officer. Prove this, thou wicked Hannibal, or
I'll have mine action of battery on thee.

15

II,1,628

Marry, I thank your good worship for it. What is't
your worship's pleasure I shall do with this wicked caitiff?

16

II,1,634

Marry, I thank your worship for it. Thou seest, thou
wicked varlet, now, what's come upon thee: thou art
to continue now, thou varlet; thou art to continue.

17

II,1,703

Seven year and a half, sir.

18

II,1,706

And a half, sir.

19

II,1,710

Faith, sir, few of any wit in such matters: as they
are chosen, they are glad to choose me for them; I
do it for some piece of money, and go through with
all.

20

II,1,716

To your worship's house, sir?

21

III,2,1514

Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that you will
needs buy and sell men and women like beasts, we
shall have all the world drink brown and white bastard.

22

III,2,1523

Come your way, sir. 'Bless you, good father friar.

23

III,2,1526

Marry, sir, he hath offended the law: and, sir, we
take him to be a thief too, sir; for we have found
upon him, sir, a strange picklock, which we have
sent to the deputy.

24

III,2,1545

He must before the deputy, sir; he has given him
warning: the deputy cannot abide a whoremaster: if
he be a whoremonger, and comes before him, he were
as good go a mile on his errand.

25

III,2,1551

His neck will come to your waist,—a cord, sir.

26

III,2,1577

For being a bawd, for being a bawd.

27

III,2,1591

Come your ways, sir; come.

28

III,2,1595

Come your ways, sir; come.

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