The street before the prison.
Enter, on one side, DUKE VINCENTIO disguised as before; on the other, ELBOW, and Officers with POMPEY
Nay, if there be no remedy for it, but that you will
needs buy and sell men and women like beasts, we
have all the world drink brown and white bastard.
O heavens! what stuff is here
'Twas never merry world since, of two usuries, the
merriest was put down, and the worser allowed by
of law a furred gown to keep him warm; and
furred with fox and lamb-skins too, to signify, that
richer than innocency, stands for the facing.
Come your way, sir. 'Bless you, good father friar.
And you, good brother father. What offence hath
this man made you, sir?
Marry, sir, he hath offended the law: and, sir, we
take him to be a thief too, sir; for we have found
him, sir, a strange picklock, which we have
sent to the deputy.
Fie, sirrah! a bawd, a wicked bawd!
The evil that thou causest to be done,
That is thy means to live. Do
thou but think
What 'tis to cram a maw or clothe a back
From such a filthy vice: say to thyself,
abominable and beastly touches
I drink, I eat, array myself, and live.
Canst thou believe thy living is a
So stinkingly depending? Go mend, go mend.
Indeed, it does stink in some sort, sir; but yet,
sir, I would prove
Nay, if the devil have given thee proofs for sin,
Thou wilt prove his. Take him to prison, officer:
and instruction must both work
Ere this rude beast will profit.
He must before the deputy, sir; he has given him
warning: the deputy cannot abide a whoremaster: if
a whoremonger, and comes before him, he were
as good go a mile on his errand.
That we were all, as some would seem to be,
From our faults, as faults from seeming, free!
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