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Turns to restraint: Our natures do pursue,
Lucio. If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for certain of my creditors : And yet, to say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment. What's thy offence, Claudio ?
Claud. What, but to speak of, would offend again.
Lucio. With child, perhaps ?
Claud. Unhappily, even so; And the new deputy now for the duke Awakes me all the enrolled penalties, Which have, like unscour'd armour, hung by the wall So long, that fourteen zodiacks have gone round, And none of them been worn : and, for a name, Now puts the drowsy and neglected act Freshly on me :~'t is, surely, for a name.
Lucio. I warrant, it is: and thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milk-maid, if she be in love, may sigh it off.
Claud. I pr’ythee, Lucio, do me this kind service : This day my sister should the cloister enter, And there receive her approbation: Acquaint her with the danger of my state ; Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends To the strict deputy ; bid herself assay him; I have great hope in that: sor in her youth There is a prone and speechless dialect, Such as moves men; beside, she hath prosperous art When she will play with reason and discourse, And well she can persuade.
Lucio. I pray, she may: as well for the encouragement of the like, as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of ticktack. I'll to her.
Claud. I thank you, good friend Lucio.
[Exeunt Provost, Claudio, FREDERICK, Leo
POLD, the Iwo Appuritors,- and Lucio.
Enter ISABELLA, and FRANCISCA.
Isab. Yes, truely: I speak not as desiring more;
[Lucio without. Lucio. (Ringing without.) Ho! Peace be in this place!
Isah. Who's that which calls?
Fran. It is a man's voice: Gentle Isabella, Turn you the key, and know his business of him; You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn:
When you have vow'd, you must not speak with
men, But in the presence of the prioress. Lucio. (Ringing without.) Peace be in this place!
[Exit FrancisCA. Isab. Who is 't that calls ? (Opens the door.]
Enter Lucio. Lucio. Hail, virgin, if you be ; as those cheek-roses Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me, As bring me to the sight of Isabella, A novice of this place, and the fair sister To her unhappy brother Claudio ?
Isab. Why her unhappy brother ? Let me ask; The rather, for I now must make
know I am that Isabella, and his sister. Lucio. Gentle and fair, your brother kindly greets
you: Not to be weary with you, he's in prison.
Isab. Woe me! For what?
Lucio. For that, which, if myself might be his judge,
Isab. My cousin Juliet?
Lucio. This is the point.
Falls into forfeit; he arrests him on it';
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,
Isab. I'll see what I can do.
Isab. I will about it straight;
Lucio. I take my leave of you.
[Exeunt ISABELLA, and Lucio.
Escal. Ay, but yet
Ang. 'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,
Escal. Be it as your wisdom will.
Ang. See that Claudio