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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure Translation Act 4, Scene 6

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Enter ISABELLA and MARIANA

ISABELLA

To speak so indirectly I am loath: I would say the truth; but to accuse him so, That is your part: yet I am advised to do it; He says, to veil full purpose.

ISABELLA

I hate to put it so bluntly. I want to tell the truth, but accusing him—that's your job. And yet, the friar said I should do it so as to keep our full plan a secret.

MARIANA

Be ruled by him.

MARIANA

Do what he says.

ISABELLA

Besides, he tells me that, if peradventure He speak against me on the adverse side, I should not think it strange; for 'tis a physic That's bitter to sweet end.

ISABELLA

Besides, he told me that if Angelo contradicts my accusation, it'll be fine. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but the end will be sweet.

MARIANA

I would Friar Peter—

MARIANA

I wish Friar Peter—

ISABELLA

O, peace! the friar is come.

ISABELLA

Oh, quiet! The friar is here.

Enter FRIAR PETER

FRIAR PETER

Come, I have found you out a stand most fit, Where you may have such vantage on the duke, He shall not pass you. Twice have the trumpets sounded; The generous and gravest citizens Have hent the gates, and very near upon The duke is entering: therefore, hence, away!

FRIAR PETER

Come on, I found you the perfect place to stand so that you can easily flag down the Duke. He won't pass you by. The trumpets have sounded twice. The wealthy, aristocratic citizens have opened up the gates, and the Duke will be entering soon. So hurry, get out of here!

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.