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Measure for Measure

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Act IV, Scene 6

Street near the city gate.



  • Isabella. To speak so indirectly I am loath:
    I would say the truth; but to accuse him so, 2365
    That is your part: yet I am advised to do it;
    He says, to veil full purpose.
  • Mariana. Be ruled by him.
  • Isabella. Besides, he tells me that, if peradventure
    He speak against me on the adverse side, 2370
    I should not think it strange; for 'tis a physic
    That's bitter to sweet end.
  • Mariana. I would Friar Peter—
  • Isabella. O, peace! the friar is come.


  • Friar Peter. Come, I have found you out a stand most fit,
    Where you may have such vantage on the duke,
    He shall not pass you. Twice have the trumpets sounded;
    The generous and gravest citizens
    Have hent the gates, and very near upon 2380
    The duke is entering: therefore, hence, away!