Measure for Measure


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Angelo and Escalus
disvouch (v.) disavow, contradict, refuse to acknowledge


ESCALUS

Every letter he hath writ hath disvouched other.


ANGELO

In most uneven and distracted manner. His
distracted (adj.) 1 perplexed, confused, agitated
uneven (adj.) irregular, erratic

actions show much like to madness. Pray heaven his

wisdom be not tainted. And why meet him at the gates,
taint (v.) 6 lose vigour, become weak, wither

and reliver our authorities there?
reliver (v.) restore, hand over, give up again


ESCALUS

I guess not.


ANGELO

And why should we proclaim it in an hour before

his entering, that if any crave redress of injustice, they
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require

should exhibit their petitions in the street?
exhibit (v.) 1 submit for inspection, produce for consideration, propose


ESCALUS

He shows his reason for that – to have a dispatch
dispatch, despatch (n.) 2 prompt settlement, speedy handling

of complaints, and to deliver us from devices hereafter,
deliver (v.) 3 free, release, liberate
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick

which shall then have no power to stand against us.


ANGELO

Well, I beseech you let it be proclaimed.

Betimes i'th' morn I'll call you at your house.
betimes (adv.) 1 early in the morning, at an early hour
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

Give notice to such men of sort and suit
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank
suit (n.) 3 court attendance, personal retinue

As are to meet him.


ESCALUS

                         I shall, sir. Fare you well.


ANGELO

Good night.

Exit Escalus

This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant
unpregnant (adj.) unready, uninclined, unreceptive
unshape (v.) deform, disfigure, destroy

And dull to all proceedings. A deflowered maid,
dull (adj.) 1 dead, lifeless, sluggish, inactive

And by an eminent body that enforced
body (n.) 6 person, individual

The law against it! But that her tender shame

Will not proclaim against her maiden loss,

How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares her no,
tongue (v.) 1 reproach, censure, berate

For my authority bears of a credent bulk
bulk (n.) 2 weight, magnitude, capacity
credent (adj.) 2 believable, credible, trustworthy

That no particular scandal once can touch
particular (adj.) 1 personal, special, private

But it confounds the breather. He should have lived,
breather (n.) 2 speaker, utterer
confound (v.) 5 discomfit, defeat, put to shame

Save that his riotous youth with dangerous sense
sense (n.) 7 opinion, view, judgement

Might in the times to come have ta'en revenge,

By so receiving a dishonoured life

With ransom of such shame. Would yet he had lived.

Alack, when once our grace we have forgot,

Nothing goes right. We would, and we would not.

Exit

 
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