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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure Translation Act 4, Scene 5

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Enter DUKE VINCENTIO in his own habit, and FRIAR PETER

DUKE VINCENTIO

These letters at fit time deliver me. The provost knows our purpose and our plot. The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, And hold you ever to our special drift; Though sometimes you do blench from this to that, As cause doth minister. Go call at Flavius' house, And tell him where I stay: give the like notice To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus, And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; But send me Flavius first.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Deliver these letters for me at the appropriate time. The provost knows all about our ideas and the plan. While the plan is underway, remember your instructions and stick to what I told you—even if you have to go back and forth a little as the situation demands. Go to Flavius' house and tell him where I'm hiding. Also tell Valentinus, Rowland, and Crassus—and tell them to bring their trumpets to the gate. But send me Flavius first.

FRIAR PETER

It shall be speeded well.

FRIAR PETER

I'll do it as quickly as possible.

Exit

Enter VARRIUS

DUKE VINCENTIO

I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good haste: Come, we will walk. There's other of our friends Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Thank you, Varrius. You've made good time. Come on; we'll take a walk. There are other friends of mine that will come to see us soon, dear Varrius.

Exeunt

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About the Translator: Bailey Sincox

Bailey Sincox is a PhD student in English at Harvard University, where she researches the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Her teaching experience includes accessible online courses with edX on Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice. She holds a Master's from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's from Duke University.