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Expresseth his full tilth and husbandry.
Isab. Some one with child by him ?-My cousin Juliet? Lucio. Is she your cousin ?
Isab. Adoptedly; as school-maids change their names,
Lucio. This is the point.
brother. Isab. Doth he so seek his life?
Lucio. Has censur'd him
Isab. Alas! what poor ability's in me
Lucio. Assay the power you have.
Lucio. Our doubts are traitors,
As they themselves would owe them.
Isab. I'll see what I can do.
Isab. I will about it straight;
Lucro. I take my leave of you.
ACT II. SCENE I.-A Hall in Angelo's House. Enter ANGELO,
Escalus, a Justice, Provost, Oficers, and other Attendants.
Escal. Ay, but yet
had a most poble father.
life Err'd in this point which now you censure him, And pull’d the law upon you.
Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, Another thing to fall. I not deny, The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two Guiltier than him they try : What's open made to justice, That justice seizes. What know the laws, That thieves do pass on thieves ? 'Tis very pregnant, The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it,
. The abbess, or prioress. JOHNSON
Because we see it; but what we do not see,
Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.
Ang. See that Claudio
Enter Elbow, FROTH, Clown, Officers, &c. Elb. Come, bring them away: if these be good people in a common-weal, that do nothing but use their abuses in common houses, I know no law; bring them away.
Ang. How now, sir! What's your name ? and what's the matter?
Elb. If it please your honour, I am the poor duke's constable, and my name is Elbow ; I do lean upon justice, sir, and do bring in here before your good honour two notorious benefactors.
Ang. Benefactors? Well; what benefactors are they? are they not malefactors ?
Elb. If it please your honour, I know not well what they are : but precise villains they are, that I am sure of; and void of all profanation in the world, that good christians ought to have.
Escal. This comes off well ; here's a wise officer.
Ang. Go to: What quality are they of ? Elbow is your name? Why dost thou not speak, Elbow?
Clown. He cannot, sir ; he's out at elbow. Ang. What are you, sir ? Eib. He, sir? a tapster, sir; parcel-bawd ; one that (3) 'Tis plain that we must act with bad, as with good; we punish the faults, as we take the advantages that lie in our way, and what we do not see we cannot notes
fal i. e. because, by reason that I have bad such fau
serves a bad woman ; whose house, sir, was, as they say, pluck'd down in the suburbs ; and now she professes a hot-house, which, I think, is a very ill house too.
Escal. How know you that ?
Elb. My wife, sir, whom I detest before heaven and your honour,
Escal. How! thy wife ?
Elb. Ay, sir; whom, I thank heaven, is an honest woman,
Escal. Dost thou detest her therefore ?
Elb. I say, sir, I will detest myself also, as well as she, that this house, if it be not a bawd's house, it is pity of her life, for it is a naughty house.
Escal. How dost thou know that, constable ?
Elb. Marry, sir, by my wife ; who, if she had been a woman cardinally given, might have been accused in fornication, adultery, and all uncleanliness there.
Escal. By the woman's means ?
Elb. Ay, sir, by mistress Over-done's means : but as she spit in his face, so she defied him.
Clown. Sir, if it please your honour, this is not so
Elb. Prove it before these varlets here, thou honourable man, prove it. Escal. Do you hear how he misplaces ?
[TO ANG. Clown. Sir, she came in great with child ; and longing (saving your honour's reverence,) for stew'd prunes ; sir, we had but two in the house, which at that very distant time stood, as it were, in a fruit-dish, a dish of some three-pence ; your honours have seen such dishes; they are not China dishes, but very good dishes.
Escal. Go to, go to; no matter for the dish, sir.
Clown. No, indeed, sir, not of a pin ; you are therein in the right: but, to the point : As I say, this mistress Elbow, being, as I say, with child, and being great belly'd, and longing, as I said, for prunes ; and having but two in the dish, as I said, master Froth here, this ing eaten the rest, as I said, and, as I say, paying for them very honestly ;-for, as you know, master Froth, I could not give you three-pence again.
Froth. No, indeed.
Clown. Very well : you being then, if you be remember'd, cracking the stones of the foresaid prunes. Froth. Ay, so I did, indeed.  A hot-house, is an English name for a bagnio.
very man, hay.
Clown. Why, very well : I telling you then, if you remember'd, that such a one, and such a one, were past cure of the thing you wot of, unless they kept very good diet, as I told you.
Froth. All this is true.
Escal. Come, you are a tedious fool : to the purpose. What was, done to Elbow's wife, that he hath cause to complain of ? Come me to what was done to her.
Clown. Sir, your honour cannot come to that yet.
Clown. Sir, but you shall come to it by your honour's leave : And, I beseech you, look into master Froth here, sir; a man of fourscore pound a year ; whose father died at Hallowmas :-Was't not at Hallowmas, master Froth ?
Froth. All-hollond eve.
Clown. Why, very well ; I hope here be truths : He, sir, sitting, as I say, in a lower chair, sir ;-'twas in the Bunch of Grapes, where, indeed, you have a delight to sit : Have you not ?
Froth. I have so ; because it is an open room, and good for winter.
Clown. Why, very well then ;-I hope here be truths.
Ang. This will last out a night in Russia, When nights are longest there : I'll take my leave, And leave you to the hearing of the cause ; Hoping, you'll find good cause to whip them all. Escal. I think no less : Good morrow to your lordship.
[Exit AnGELO. Now, sir, come on : What was done to Elbow's wife, once more ?
Clown. Once, sir ? there was nothing done to her once. Elb. I beseech you, sir, ask him what this man did to
Clown. I beseech your honour, ask me.
Clown. I beseech you, sir, look in this gentleman's face : -Good master Froth, look upon his honour ; 'tis for a good purpose :-Doth your honour mark his face ?
Escal. Ay, sir, very well.