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ACT III SCENE I A room in the prison. 
 Enter DUKE VINCENTIO disguised as before, CLAUDIO, and Provost 
DUKE VINCENTIO So then you hope of pardon from Lord Angelo? 
CLAUDIO The miserable have no other medicine 
 But only hope: 
 I've hope to live, and am prepared to die.
DUKE VINCENTIO Be absolute for death; either death or life 
 Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life: 
 If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing 
 That none but fools would keep: a breath thou art, 
 Servile to all the skyey influences,
 That dost this habitation, where thou keep'st, 10 
 Hourly afflict: merely, thou art death's fool; 
 For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun 
 And yet runn'st toward him still. Thou art not noble; 
 For all the accommodations that thou bear'st
 Are nursed by baseness. Thou'rt by no means valiant; 
 For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork 
 Of a poor worm. Thy best of rest is sleep, 
 And that thou oft provokest; yet grossly fear'st 
 Thy death, which is no more. Thou art not thyself;
 For thou exist'st on many a thousand grains 20 
 That issue out of dust. Happy thou art not; 
 For what thou hast not, still thou strivest to get, 
 And what thou hast, forget'st. Thou art not certain; 
 For thy complexion shifts to strange effects,
 After the moon. If thou art rich, thou'rt poor; 
 For, like an ass whose back with ingots bows, 
 Thou bear's thy heavy riches but a journey, 
 And death unloads thee. Friend hast thou none; 
 For thine own bowels, which do call thee sire,
 The mere effusion of thy proper loins, 30 
 Do curse the gout, serpigo, and the rheum, 
 For ending thee no sooner. Thou hast nor youth nor age, 
 But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep, 
 Dreaming on both; for all thy blessed youth
 Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms 
 Of palsied eld; and when thou art old and rich, 
 Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor beauty, 
 To make thy riches pleasant. What's yet in this 
 That bears the name of life? Yet in this life
 Lie hid moe thousand deaths: yet death we fear, 40 
 That makes these odds all even. 
CLAUDIO I humbly thank you. 
 To sue to live, I find I seek to die; 
 And, seeking death, find life: let it come on.
Provost Who's there? come in: the wish deserves a welcome. 
DUKE VINCENTIO Dear sir, ere long I'll visit you again. 
CLAUDIO Most holy sir, I thank you. 
ISABELLA My business is a word or two with Claudio. 
Provost And very welcome. Look, signior, here's your sister.
DUKE VINCENTIO Provost, a word with you. 50 
Provost As many as you please. 
DUKE VINCENTIO Bring me to hear them speak, where I may be concealed. 
 Exeunt DUKE VINCENTIO and Provost. 
CLAUDIO Now, sister, what's the comfort? 
 As all comforts are; most good, most good indeed. 
 Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven, 
 Intends you for his swift ambassador, 
 Where you shall be an everlasting leiger: 
 Therefore your best appointment make with speed;
 To-morrow you set on. 
CLAUDIO Is there no remedy? 60 
ISABELLA None, but such remedy as, to save a head, 
 To cleave a heart in twain. 
CLAUDIO But is there any?
ISABELLA Yes, brother, you may live: 
 There is a devilish mercy in the judge, 
 If you'll implore it, that will free your life, 
 But fetter you till death. 
CLAUDIO Perpetual durance?
ISABELLA Ay, just; perpetual durance, a restraint, 
 Though all the world's vastidity you had, 
 To a determined scope. 
CLAUDIO But in what nature? 
ISABELLA In such a one as, you consenting to't, 70
 Would bark your honour from that trunk you bear, 
 And leave you naked. 
CLAUDIO Let me know the point. 
ISABELLA O, I do fear thee, Claudio; and I quake, 
 Lest thou a feverous life shouldst entertain,
 And six or seven winters more respect 
 Than a perpetual honour. Darest thou die? 

The sense of death is most in apprehension;

 And the poor beetle, that we tread upon, 
 In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great
 As when a giant dies. 
CLAUDIO Why give you me this shame? 80 
 Think you I can a resolution fetch 
 From flowery tenderness? If I must die, 
 I will encounter darkness as a bride,
 And hug it in mine arms. 
ISABELLA There spake my brother; there my father's grave 
 Did utter forth a voice. Yes, thou must die: 
 Thou art too noble to conserve a life 
 In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy,
 Whose settled visage and deliberate word 
 Nips youth i' the head and follies doth emmew 90 
 As falcon doth the fowl, is yet a devil 
 His filth within being cast, he would appear 
 A pond as deep as hell.
CLAUDIO The prenzie Angelo! 
ISABELLA O, 'tis the cunning livery of hell, 
 The damned'st body to invest and cover 
 In prenzie guards! Dost thou think, Claudio? 
 If I would yield him my virginity,
 Thou mightst be freed. 
CLAUDIO O heavens! it cannot be. 
ISABELLA Yes, he would give't thee, from this rank offence, 
 So to offend him still. This night's the time 100 
 That I should do what I abhor to name,
 Or else thou diest to-morrow. 
CLAUDIO Thou shalt not do't. 
ISABELLA O, were it but my life, 
 I'ld throw it down for your deliverance 
 As frankly as a pin.
CLAUDIO Thanks, dear Isabel. 
ISABELLA Be ready, Claudio, for your death tomorrow. 
CLAUDIO Yes. Has he affections in him, 
 That thus can make him bite the law by the nose, 
 When he would force it? Sure, it is no sin,
 Or of the deadly seven, it is the least. 110 
ISABELLA Which is the least? 
CLAUDIO If it were damnable, he being so wise, 
 Why would he for the momentary trick 
 Be perdurably fined? O Isabel!
ISABELLA What says my brother? 
CLAUDIO Death is a fearful thing. 
ISABELLA And shamed life a hateful. 
CLAUDIO Ay, but to die, and go we know not where; 
 To lie in cold obstruction and to rot;
 This sensible warm motion to become 
 A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit 120 
 To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside 
 In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice; 
 To be imprison'd in the viewless winds,
 And blown with restless violence round about 
 The pendent world; or to be worse than worst 
 Of those that lawless and incertain thought 
 Imagine howling: 'tis too horrible! 
 The weariest and most loathed worldly life
 That age, ache, penury and imprisonment 
 Can lay on nature is a paradise 130 
 To what we fear of death. 
ISABELLA Alas, alas! 
CLAUDIO Sweet sister, let me live:
 What sin you do to save a brother's life, 
 Nature dispenses with the deed so far 
 That it becomes a virtue. 
ISABELLA O you beast! 
 O faithless coward! O dishonest wretch!
 Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice? 
 Is't not a kind of incest, to take life 
 From thine own sister's shame? What should I think? 
 Heaven shield my mother play'd my father fair! 140 
 For such a warped slip of wilderness
 Ne'er issued from his blood. Take my defiance! 
 Die, perish! Might but my bending down 
 Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed: 
 I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death, 
 No word to save thee.
CLAUDIO Nay, hear me, Isabel. 
ISABELLA O, fie, fie, fie! 
 Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade. 
 Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd: 
 'Tis best thou diest quickly.
CLAUDIO O hear me, Isabella! 150 
DUKE VINCENTIO Vouchsafe a word, young sister, but one word. 
ISABELLA What is your will? 
DUKE VINCENTIO Might you dispense with your leisure, I would by and 
 by have some speech with you: the satisfaction I
 would require is likewise your own benefit. 155 
ISABELLA I have no superfluous leisure; my stay must be 
 stolen out of other affairs; but I will attend you awhile. 
 Walks apart 
DUKE VINCENTIO Son, I have overheard what hath passed between you 
 and your sister. Angelo had never the purpose to
 corrupt her; only he hath made an essay of her 
 virtue to practise his judgment with the disposition 
 of natures: she, having the truth of honour in her, 
 hath made him that gracious denial which he is most 
 glad to receive. I am confessor to Angelo, and I
 know this to be true; therefore prepare yourself to 
 death: do not satisfy your resolution with hopes 
 that are fallible: tomorrow you must die; go to 
 your knees and make ready. 
CLAUDIO Let me ask my sister pardon. I am so out of love
 with life that I will sue to be rid of it. 169 
DUKE VINCENTIO Hold you there: farewell. 
 Provost, a word with you! 
 Re-enter Provost 
Provost What's your will, father 
DUKE VINCENTIO That now you are come, you will be gone. Leave me
 awhile with the maid: my mind promises with my 
 habit no loss shall touch her by my company. 
Provost In good time. 
 Exit Provost. ISABELLA comes forward. 
DUKE VINCENTIO The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good: 
 the goodness that is cheap in beauty makes beauty
 brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of 
 your complexion, shall keep the body of it ever 
 fair. The assault that Angelo hath made to you, 
 fortune hath conveyed to my understanding; and, but 
 that frailty hath examples for his falling, I should
 wonder at Angelo. How will you do to content this 
 substitute, and to save your brother? 184 
ISABELLA I am now going to resolve him: I had rather my 
 brother die by the law than my son should be 
 unlawfully born. But, O, how much is the good duke
 deceived in Angelo! If ever he return and I can 
 speak to him, I will open my lips in vain, or 
 discover his government. 
DUKE VINCENTIO That shall not be much amiss: Yet, as the matter 
 now stands, he will avoid your accusation; he made
 trial of you only. Therefore fasten your ear on my 
 advisings: to the love I have in doing good a 
 remedy presents itself. I do make myself believe 
 that you may most uprighteously do a poor wronged 
 lady a merited benefit; redeem your brother from
 the angry law; do no stain to your own gracious 
 person; and much please the absent duke, if 
 peradventure he shall ever return to have hearing of 
 this business. 
ISABELLA Let me hear you speak farther. I have spirit to do
 anything that appears not foul in the truth of my spirit. 
DUKE VINCENTIO Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. Have 
 you not heard speak of Mariana, the sister of 
 Frederick the great soldier who miscarried at sea? 203 
ISABELLA I have heard of the lady, and good words went with her name.
DUKE VINCENTIO She should this Angelo have married; was affianced 
 to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed: between 
 which time of the contract and limit of the 
 solemnity, her brother Frederick was wrecked at sea, 
 having in that perished vessel the dowry of his
 sister. But mark how heavily this befell to the 
 poor gentlewoman: there she lost a noble and 
 renowned brother, in his love toward her ever most 
 kind and natural; with him, the portion and sinew of 
 her fortune, her marriage-dowry; with both, her
 combinate husband, this well-seeming Angelo. 215 
ISABELLA Can this be so? did Angelo so leave her? 
DUKE VINCENTIO Left her in her tears, and dried not one of them 
 with his comfort; swallowed his vows whole, 
 pretending in her discoveries of dishonour: in few,
 bestowed her on her own lamentation, which she yet 
 wears for his sake; and he, a marble to her tears, 
 is washed with them, but relents not. 
ISABELLA What a merit were it in death to take this poor maid 
 from the world! What corruption in this life, that
 it will let this man live! But how out of this can she avail? 
DUKE VINCENTIO It is a rupture that you may easily heal: and the 
 cure of it not only saves your brother, but keeps 
 you from dishonour in doing it. 
ISABELLA Show me how, good father. 228
DUKE VINCENTIO This forenamed maid hath yet in her the continuance 
 of her first affection: his unjust unkindness, that 
 in all reason should have quenched her love, hath, 
 like an impediment in the current, made it more 
 violent and unruly. Go you to Angelo; answer his
 requiring with a plausible obedience; agree with 
 his demands to the point; only refer yourself to 
 this advantage, first, that your stay with him may 
 not be long; that the time may have all shadow and 
 silence in it; and the place answer to convenience.
 This being granted in course,--and now follows 
 all,--we shall advise this wronged maid to stead up 
 your appointment, go in your place; if the encounter 
 acknowledge itself hereafter, it may compel him to 
 her recompense: and here, by this, is your brother
 saved, your honour untainted, the poor Mariana 
 advantaged, and the corrupt deputy foiled. The maid 
 will I frame and make fit for his attempt. If you 
 think well to carry this as you may, the doubleness 
 of the benefit defends the deceit from reproof.
 What think you of it? 246 
ISABELLA The image of it gives me content already; and I 
 trust it will grow to a most prosperous perfection. 
DUKE VINCENTIO It lies much in your holding up. Haste you speedily 
 to Angelo: if for this night he entreat you to his
 bed, give him promise of satisfaction. I will 
 presently to Saint Luke's: there, at the moated 
 grange, resides this dejected Mariana. At that 
 place call upon me; and dispatch with Angelo, that 
 it may be quickly.
ISABELLA I thank you for this comfort. Fare you well, good father. 
 Exeunt severally 


Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 1

From Measure for Measure. Ed. William J. Rolfe. New York: Harper & Brothers., 1899.

5. Be absolute for death. Make up your mind fully for death.
10. That dost, etc. The reading of the folios, changed by Hanmer to "That do." Even if that refers to influences, the irregularity would be not unlike many others in S.; but possibly Porson was right in making breath the antecedent. W. says that to "make the breath hourly afflict its habitation" is "an absurd result." An asthmatic might not admit this, but all that the duke means is that life itself may become a burden from being at the mercy of the skyey influences. Indeed, is not this the meaning with either construction? In the one case the breath is an affliction because servile to the skyey influences; in the other, it is servile to these influences that afilict it.
W. suggests that we should read influence both here and in W. T. i. 2. 426, as the rhythm seems to require; "for influence was then a word without a plural, and was used, especially when applied to the heavenly bodies (to which service it was then almost set apart) in its radical sense of in-flowing, and then in the singular form, even when all those bodies are spoken of." Cf. Milton, P. L. viii. 512, x. 663, Comus. 330, 335, etc. Bacon, however, has the plural in Essay 9: "the evill Influences of the Starrs." See also Job, xxxviii. 31.
11. Death's fool. In the ancient "dumb-shows" Death and the Fool were common characters. The latter is made to employ all his tricks in trying to escape from the former, but finally runs into his clutches.
15. Are nurs'd by baseness. "Whatever grandeur can display or luxury enjoy is procured by baseness, by offices of which the mind shrinks from the contemplation. All the delicacies of the table may be traced back to the shambles and the dunghill, all magnificence of building was hewn from the quarry, and all the pomp of ornament dug from among the damps and darkness of the mine" (Johnson). Cf. A. ana C. i. I. 35 and v. 2. 7.
17. Worm. Serpent; as in A. and C. v. 2. 243, 256, etc. For the old notion that the serpent wounds with its forked tongue, cf. M. N. D. iii. 2. 72
18. Provok'st. Dost invoke, or seek. Cf. Lear, iv. 4. 13: "that to provoke in him" (referring to sleep).
19. Death, which is no more. Johnson remarks: "I cannot without indignation find S. saying that death is only sleep, lengthening out his exhortation by a sentence which in the friar is impious, in the reasoner is foolish, and in the poet trite and vulgar." But, as Malone replies, the poet means only "that the passage from this life to another is easy as sleep; a position in which there is surely neither folly nor impiety."
20. Exist'st. The folio has "exists," for which see on ii. 2. 116 above.
24. Effects. Expressions. Johnson wanted to read "affects" (= "affections, passions of mind"). It is not necessary, however, to refer complexion to the mind, as he and some other critics do; it may mean the face as expressive of the shifting emotions within. Cf. W. T. i. 2. 381: "Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror," etc.
29. Sire. The reading of the 4th folio; the earlier folios have "fire."
31. Serpigo. A cutaneous eruption; mentioned again in T. and C. ii. 3. 81. Here the 1st folio has "sapego," the other folios "sarpego."
34. Dreaming on both. "This is exquisitely imagined. When we are young, we busy ourselves in forming schemes for succeeding time, and miss the gratifications that are before us; when we are old, we amuse the languor of age with the recollection of youthful pleasures or performances: so that our life, of which no part is filled with the business of the present time, resembles our dreams after dinner, when the events of the morning are mingled with the designs of the evening" (Johnson).
For blessed Johnson conjectured "blasted," and the Coll. MS. has boasted.
35. Becomes as aged, etc. This has been suspected, not without reason, and sundry attempts at emendation have been made: "becomes an indigent" (Hanmer); "becomes assuaged" (Warb.); "becomes engaged" (the conjecture of St.); "becomes enaged" (that of W.); "becomes abased" (that of the Camb. editors), etc. Clarke explains the old text thus: "becomes as if it were aged, carkingly coveting those things that Delong to old people — such as riches, experience, etc." J. H. paraphrases it thus: "Thy youth devotes all its freshness, vigour, etc., to make provision for old age; as if old age were present in youth and then craving sustenance."
36. Eld. Cf. M. W. iv. 4. 36: "The superstitious, idle-headed eld." In T. and C. ii. 2. 104, the modern reading is "Virgins and boys, mid-age and wrinkled eld;" but the folios have "old " and the quarto "elders."
40. Moe thousand deaths. A thousand more deaths.
46. Sir. Mason thinks this "too courtly" for the friar, who elsewhere addresses Claudio and Isabella as son and daughter, and conjectures that we should read "son."
52. Bring me, etc. The 1st folio reads "Bring them to hear me speak," and the later folios "Bring them to speak." The emendation was suggested by Steevens.
58. Lieger. A resident ambassador. Cf. Cymb. p. 174. The editors generally follow the folio in spelling the word "leiger." Capell has "ledger." Steevens quotes Leicester's Commonwealth: "a special man of that hasty king, who was his ledger, or agent, in London." Wb. gives lieger and leger.
59. Appointment. Equipment, preparation. Cf. Ham. p. 253.
67. Ay, just. Cf. V. I. 200 below. See also Much Ado, ii. i. 29, v. i. 164, etc.
68. Vastidity. Vastness, immensity; used by S. only here. The folios have "Through" for Though; corrected by Pope.
69. To a determined scope. "A confinement of your mind to one painful idea — to ignominy of which the remembrance can neither be suppressed nor escaped" (Johnson).
74. Entertain. Desire to maintain.
78. And the poor beetle, etc. "That is, fear is the principal sensation in death, which has no pain; and the giant, when he dies, feels no greater pain than the beetle" (Douce).
79. Sufferance. Suffering; as in 2 Hen. IV. v. 4. 28, Cor. i. i. 22, Lear, iii. 6. 113, etc.
81. Think you I can, etc. The meaning is not clear, though the editors generally pass the question without comment. We are inclined to think that Schmidt is right in making from flowery tenderness = "from a tender woman, 'whose action is no stronger than a flower' (Sonn. 65. 4)." Clarke understands that "Claudio asks his sister whether she thinks he can derive courage from a figurative illustration — that of the 'poor beetle.'" H. is doubtful about the meaning, but thinks it may be "Do you think me so effeminate in soul as to be capable of an unmanly resolution? or, such a milksop as to quail and collapse at the prospect of death?'" Heath would make the sentence imperative, and = "Do me the justice to think that I am able to draw a resolution even from this tenderness of youth, which is commonly found to be less easily reconciled to so sudden and harsh a fate;" but we cannot imagine Claudio applying the expression flowery tenderness to himself. It seems to be used with a touch of contempt for the weak girl who thinks that he needs to be nerved up to resolution in the face of death, and that she can inspire him with it.
87. Conserve. Preserve. The only other instance of the word in S. is in Oth, iii. 4. 75 ]: "Conserved of maidens' hearts;" where, by the way, Schmidt would read "with the skilful Conserves," etc.
90. Follies doth emmew. "Forces follies to lie in cover, without daring to show themselves" (Johnson). Steevens compares 3 Hen. VI. i. 45:

"Neither the king nor he that loves him best,
The proudest he that holds up Lancaster,
Dares siir a wing, if Warwick shake his bells.'"

93. Priestly. The 1st folio has "prenzie," both here and in 96 below; and attempts have been made to explain that word: by comparison with the Scottish primsie ( = demure, precise), by connecting it with the old Fr. prin (= demure), etc. It has not, however, been proved to be English, and is pretty clearly a misprint for priestly (Hanmer's emendation) or some other word. The 2nd folio has "princely," K. "precise" (the conjecture of Tieck), and St. "rev'rend." "Saintly," "pensive," "primsie," etc., have also been proposed. W. and H. adopt priestly.
96. Guards. Literally = facings, or trimmings (see Much Ado, p. 124), and hence applied to outward appearances. Cf. the use of the verb in M. of V. ii. 2. 164:

"Give him a livery
More guarded than his fellows'," etc.

99. He would give't thee, etc. He would allow thee, in consequence of this offence of mine, to go on offending in this way forever. For still = ever, cf. iv. 2. 129, v. i. 406, 467 below. Gr. 69. Hanmer changes from to "for."
107. Has he affections, etc. "Is he actuated by passions that impel him to transgress the law, at the very moment that he is enforcing it against others?" (Malone) To bite the law by the nose is rather to treat it with contempt.
110. The deadly seven. These were pride, envy, wrath, sloth, covetousness, gluttony, and lechery (Douce).
114 Perdurably fin'd. Everlastingly punished.
120. Delighted. Accustomed to delight; as Warb. and Johnson explained it. Cf. Gr. 375. "Dilated," "delinquent," "benighted," "deiated," etc., have been proposed.
122. Region. Changed by Rowe (followed by many editors) to "regions;" but, as Dr. Ingleby contends, region is here "used as an abstract, and in the radical sense," and = "restricted place, or confinement." He adds that Carlyle appears so to have understood it; for in his Heroes and Hero- Worship he paraphrases it as "imprisonment of thick-ribbed ice." So just below thought (for which Theo. reads "thoughts") is abstract and the object of imagine. Incertain — unsettled. Dr. Ingleby paraphrases the latter part of the passage thus: "or to be in an infinitely worse case than those who body forth — or render objective— their own lawless and distracted mind."
124. And blown, etc. Cf. 0th. v. 2. 279: "Blow me about in winds I Koast me in sulphur!"
133. What sin you do, etc. The following note is from V.: "'One of the most dramatic passages in the present play (says Hazlitt, in his Characters of Shakespeare's Plays), is the interview between Claudio and his sister, when she comes to inform him of the conditions on which Angelo will spare his life. What adds to the dramatic beauty of the scene, and the effect of Claudio's passionate attachment to life, is that it immediately follows the duke's lecture to him, in the character. of the friar, recommending an absolute indifference to it.' The attempt of Claudio to prove to his sister that the loss of her chastity, upon such an occasion, will be a virtue, is finely characteristic of the profound knowledge Shakespeare possessed of the intricate complexities of the human heart. 'Shakespeare was, in one sense, the least moral of all writers, (says Hazlitt); for morality (commonly so called) is made up of antipathies; and his talent consisted in sympathy with human nature, in all its shapes, degrees, depressions, and elevations. The object of the pedantic moralist is to find out the bad in every thing: his was to show that "there is some soul of goodness in things evil."' With reference to the representation of such scenes on the stage, Schlegel observes: 'It is certainly to be wished that decency should be observed on all public occasions, and consequently also on the stage; but even in this It is possible to go too far. That censorious spirit, which scents out impurity in every sally of a bold and vivacious description, is at best but an ambiguous criterion of purity of morals; and there is frequently concealed under this hypocrisy the consciousness of an impure imagination. The determination to tolerate nothing which has the least reference to the sensual relation between the two sexes may be carried to a pitch extremely oppressive to a dramatic poet, and injurious to the boldness and freedom of his composition. If considerations of such a nature were to be attended to, many of the happiest parts of the plays of Shakepeare — for example, in Measure for Measure and All's Well that Ends Well — which are handled with a due regard to decency, must be set aside for their impropriety.'"
140. Heaven shield my mother play'd my father fair" God grant that thou wert not my father's true son!" (Schmidt).
141. Wilderness. Wildness. Slip of wilderness = wild slip. Steevens quotes Old Fortunatus 1600: "But I in wilderness totter'd out my youth," etc.
142. Defiance. Indignant refusal. Cf. defy = refuse, spurn; as in K. John, iii. 4. 23: "No, I defy all counsel, all redress," etc.
148. A trade. "A custom, a practice, an established habit" (Johnson).
160. Assay. Trial, test.
165. Do not satisfy, etc. "Do not feed your resolution — or sustain your courage — with hopes that are groundless" (Clarke). Schmidt paraphrases it thus: "Do not set yourself at ease, do not gratify yourself, who were just now resolved to die, with false hopes." Hanmer changes satisfy to "falsify," and H. to "qualify" (= abate, weaken).
170. Hold you there. "There rest" (ii. 3. 36 above), remain in that frame of mind.
176. In good time. "A la bonne heure, so be it, very well" (Steevens).
178. The goodness that is cheap, etc. "The goodness which, when associated with beauty, is held cheap, does not remain long so associated; but grace, being the very life of your features, must continue to preserve their beauty" (V.).
183. How will you, etc. The Var. of 1821 has "would" for will; not noted in the Camb. ed.
185. Resolve. Inform, answer. Cf. Rich. III. p. 224.
189. Discover. Uncover, expose; as in Lear, ii. 1.68: "I threaten'd to discover him," etc.
191. He made trial of you only. That is, he will say so.
194. Uprighteously. "Uprightly" (Pope's reading), righteously; used by S. only here.
203. Miscarried. Was lost. Cf. M. of V. ii. 8. 29: "there miscarried a vessel of our country;" Id. iii. 2. 318: "my ships have all miscarried," etc.
206. She should this Angelo, etc. Pope "corrected" she to "her." Cf. Gr. III.
207. By oath. The 1st folio omits by, which the 2nd supplies. Nuptial. The plural is not found in the 1st folio. It occurs in the later folios in Temp. v. 1. 308, M. N. D. I. i. 125, v. 1. 75; and in the quartos in 0th. ii. 2. 8. Cf. Temp. p. 143.
208. Limit. "Appointed time" (Malone).
209. Wracked. The only form in the early eds. Cf. C. of E. p. 144, note on Wrack of sea.
214. Combinate. Contracted, betrothed; the only instance of the word in S.
219. In few. In short. See on i. 4. 39 above.
Bestowed her on her own lamentation. "Left her to her sorrows" (Malone).
221. Tears. The later folios misprint "ears."
234. Refer yourself to. "Have recourse to, betake yourself to" (Steevens).
239. Stead up your appointment. That is, keep it in your stead. We have already had the verb in i. 4. 17 above.
243. Foiled. The early eds. have "scaled," which has been explained as = "weighed," and by others as = "stripped" or "unmasked." We have little hesitation in accepting White's emendation of foiled.
252. Grange. A solitary farm-house. Cf. Oth. i. i. 106:

"What tell'st thou me of robbing? This is Venice;
My house is not a grange."

Measure for Measure, Act 3, Scene 2


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