A police officer, often charged with enforcing sex laws. Dull and prone to speaking in malapropisms (i.e. saying words that don't mean what he thinks they do), Elbow is a humorous character and serves as a sharp contrast to Pompey, depicting the law as somewhat less clever than those who break it.
Elbow Character Timeline in Measure for Measure
The timeline below shows where the character Elbow appears in Measure for Measure. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 1
...and forgive us all!” he says; “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall." Elbow, the constable, enters, escorting Pompey and another man affiliated with the brothel, Froth. Angelo asks... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2