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. (17 lines)
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!