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ACT II - SCENE III. A room in a prison.
DUKE VINCENTIO
1    Hail to you, provost! so I think you are.
Provost
2    I am the provost. What's your will, good friar?
DUKE VINCENTIO
3    Bound by my charity and my blest order,
4    I come to visit the afflicted spirits
5    Here in the prison. Do me the common right
6    To let me see them and to make me know
7    The nature of their crimes, that I may minister
8    To them accordingly.
Provost
9    I would do more than that, if more were needful.
Enter JULIET
10   Look, here comes one: a gentlewoman of mine,
11   Who, falling in the flaws of her own youth,
12   Hath blister'd her report: she is with child;
13   And he that got it, sentenced; a young man
14   More fit to do another such offence
15   Than die for this.
DUKE VINCENTIO
16   When must he die?
Provost
17   As I do think, to-morrow.
18   I have provided for you: stay awhile,
To JULIET
19   And you shall be conducted.
DUKE VINCENTIO
20   Repent you, fair one, of the sin you carry?
JULIET
21   I do; and bear the shame most patiently.
DUKE VINCENTIO
22   I'll teach you how you shall arraign your conscience,
23   And try your penitence, if it be sound,
24   Or hollowly put on.
JULIET
25   I'll gladly learn.
DUKE VINCENTIO
26   Love you the man that wrong'd you?
JULIET
27   Yes, as I love the woman that wrong'd him.
DUKE VINCENTIO
28   So then it seems your most offenceful act
29   Was mutually committed?
JULIET
30   Mutually.
DUKE VINCENTIO
31   Then was your sin of heavier kind than his.
JULIET
32   I do confess it, and repent it, father.
DUKE VINCENTIO
33   'Tis meet so, daughter: but lest you do repent,
34   As that the sin hath brought you to this shame,
35   Which sorrow is always towards ourselves, not heaven,
36   Showing we would not spare heaven as we love it,
37   But as we stand in fear,--
JULIET
38   I do repent me, as it is an evil,
39   And take the shame with joy.
DUKE VINCENTIO
40   There rest.
41   Your partner, as I hear, must die to-morrow,
42   And I am going with instruction to him.
43   Grace go with you, Benedicite!
Exit

JULIET
44   Must die to-morrow! O injurious love,
45   That respites me a life, whose very comfort
46   Is still a dying horror!
Provost
47   'Tis pity of him.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I

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