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Measure for Measure Characters

Vincentio, the Duke

Duke Vincentio is the ruler of Vienna. He does not much enjoy pomp and circumstance, and has spent a great deal of time off in his study, during which time many laws in his city have gone disregarded. 

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Escalus

Escalus is an old lord at the Viennese court, a kind-hearted man who does not approve of over-severity.

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First Gentleman

The First Gentleman is a fop, who spends a fair deal of time in brothels but is certain he has not caught any diseases there. 

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Second Gentleman

The Second Gentleman is a fop, but one outclassed in wit by Lucio and the First Gentleman. He is not much of a churchgoer.

Provost

The Provost is in charge of the jail and its prisoners, and of showing Claudio off in the streets as an example before his execution. 

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Friar Peter Thomas

Friar Peter Thomas is a monk who helps the Duke in his deception, giving him his monk’s robe and teaching him how to play the part convincingly. 

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Justice

A Justice attends on Angelo and Escalus as they discuss how they will bring back the laws in full force.

Varrius

Varrius [mute role] is a lord, a friend of the Duke’s. He accompanies the Duke on his supposed return from abroad.

Servant

A Servant is Angelo’s doorman, in charge of letting him know when people wish to speak with him.

Isabella

Isabella is Claudio’s sister, a devout, unbending novice to the order of Saint Clare, though she does not find them rigorous enough and wishes she could be even more strongly restricted by them. 

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Juliet

Juliet is Claudio’s betrothed. A simple girl and a childhood friend of Isabella’s, she slept with him since they were going to be married, and ended up pregnant. 

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Francisca

Francisca is a nun of the order of Saint Clare, who is in charge of instructing the novice Isabella as the latter prepares to take her vows.

Mistress Overdone

Mistress Overdone is a madam. When her brothel is closed down by Angelo’s order, she quickly opens another one elsewhere. 

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Boy

A Boy attends on Mariana, singing sad songs to her to ease her boredom.

Messenger

A Messenger brings Claudio’s final death warrant to the Provost with warnings from Angelo to have it executed quickly.

 
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