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

Updated September 23, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

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!


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