Measure for Measure :: Scenes :: Measure for Measure: Act IV, Scene 6

Scene 6

A street near the city gate.

(Isabella; Mariana; Friar Peter)

Mariana and Isabella discuss how they will accuse Angelo. Friar Peter enters to tell them he has found them a good place to stand along the Duke’s route, where they cannot miss him. ( line)

Enter Isabella and Mariana.


To speak so indirectly I am loath.

I would say the truth, but to accuse him so,

That is your part. Yet I am advis’d to do it,

He says, to veil full purpose.


Be rul’d by him.


Besides, he tells me that if peradventure

He speak against me on the adverse side,

I should not think it strange, for ’tis a physic

That’s bitter to sweet end.

Enter Friar Peter.


I would Friar Peter—


O, peace, the friar is come.


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

The Duke is ent’ring; therefore hence away!




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