Measure for Measure Translation Table of Contents
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Act 1, Scene 1
Duke Vincentio decides to leave Vienna for a while, and appoints Angelo to rule in his place.
Act 1, Scene 2
Lucio learns that Mistress Overdone's brothel is going to be shut down, and that Claudio is sentenced to death.
Act 1, Scene 3
The Duke convinces a friar to lend him his clothes as a disguise.
Act 1, Scene 4
Lucio tells Claudio's sister Isabella that Claudio has been sentenced to death. She goes to ask Angelo to spare Claudio.
Act 2, Scene 1
Assisted by Escalus and the bumbling constable Elbow, Angelo harshly judges Pompey and Froth.
Act 2, Scene 2
The Provost objects to Angelo's judgment. Isabella asks Angelo to pardon her brother. Angelo becomes attracted to her.
Act 2, Scene 3
Disguised as a friar, The Duke hears the confession of Juliet, Claudio's pregnant girlfriend.
Act 2, Scene 4
Angelo and Isabella debate if sex is really a crime. He asks her to sleep with him in exchange for Claudio's freedom.
Act 3, Scene 1
Isabella reports Angelo's request to Claudio. The Duke plots to trick Angelo into sleeping with his own fiancée.
Act 3, Scene 2
Pompey and Mistress Overdone are taken to prison. Lucio annoys the disguised Duke by telling tall tales about himself.
Act 4, Scene 1
The disguised Duke introduces Isabella to Angelo's one-time fiancée, Mariana, and explains a plot.
Act 4, Scene 2
When Angelo doesn't pardon Claudio, the Duke instructs the provost to send Barnadine's head to Angelo as a decoy.
Act 4, Scene 3
Barnadine resists; another head is sent. The Duke tells Isabella that Claudio died. She will publicly accuse Angelo.
Act 4, Scene 4
Angelo receives a letter telling him to meet the Duke outside the city gates to give up his power. He becomes nervous.
Act 4, Scene 5
The Duke asks a friar to send letters to his friends in the city.
Act 4, Scene 6
Isabella and Mariana prepare to stop the Duke on his procession through town so that they can publicly accuse Angelo.
Act 5, Scene 1
The Duke's plot comes together: Angelo marries Mariana, Claudio and Juliet are pardoned, and the Duke marries Isabella.