A room in ANGELO's house.
Enter ANGELO and ESCALUS
Every letter he hath writ hath disvouched other.
In most uneven and distracted manner. His actions
show much like to madness: pray heaven his wisdom
not tainted! And why meet him at the gates, and
redeliver our authorities there
I guess not.
And why should we proclaim it in an hour before his
entering, that if any crave redress of injustice,
should exhibit their petitions in the street?
He shows his reason for that: to have a dispatch of
complaints, and to deliver us from devices
which shall then have no power to stand
Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaimed betimes
i' the morn; I'll call you at your house: give
notice to such
men of sort and suit as are to meet
I shall, sir. Fare you well.
This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant
And dull to all proceedings. A deflower'd maid!
by an eminent body that enforced
The law against it! But that her tender shame
Will not proclaim against
her maiden loss,
How might she tongue me! Yet reason dares her no;
For my authority bears of a credent
That no particular scandal once can touch
But it confounds the breather. He should have lived,
that riotous youth, with dangerous sense,
Might in the times to come have ta'en revenge,
By so receiving
a dishonour'd life
With ransom of such shame. Would yet he had lived!
A lack, when once our grace we
Nothing goes right: we would, and we would not.
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