William Shakespeare: Measure for Measure, Act IV, Scene VI

Scene VI

Street near the city gate

Enter Isabella and Mariana


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.


Be ruled by him.


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.


I would Friar Peter—


O, peace! the friar is come.

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!