Angelo - Who will believe thee, Isabel? From the point of her entry, we can sense a shift in the mood on the scene. He then asks his sister to agree to Angelo's terms in order to save his life. The Caesar comment might also be a jab at Elbow, who is as far from being heroic and competent as is possible for an officer of the law. The Provost knows our purpose and our plot. Good counselors lack no clients.
Bawd is he doubtless, and of antiquity too. It hath not moved him at all. Then is your cause gone too. Isabella, Claudio's sister, is about to enter a nunnery when her brother is arrested. The duke is very strangely gone from hence; Bore many gentlemen, myself being one, In hand and hope of action: but we do learn By those that know the very nerves of state, His givings-out were of an infinite distance From his true-meant design.
The duke has put the pieces together. Pompey - I am as well acquainted here as I was in our house of profession: one would think it were Mistress Overdone's own house, for here be many of her old customers. My holy sir, none better knows than you How I have ever loved the life removed And held in idle price to haunt assemblies Where youth, and cost, and witless bravery keeps. Both characters are of considerable significance within the play, so it is interesting to note how their actions will shape the remainder of the plot. Angelo is left in charge by the Duke, who pretends to leave town but instead dresses as a friar to observe the goings-on in his absence.
The assault that Angelo hath made to you, fortune hath conveyed to my understanding. O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side! Thus fail not to do your office, as you will answer it at your peril. That Angelo's a murderer; is 't not strange? You know this course is common. I shall crave your forbearance a little. His child is a year a quarter old. And, which is more, within these three days his head to be chopped off. Yet reason dares her no, For my authority bears of a credent bulk, That no particular scandal once can touch But it confounds the breather.
I find I seek to die, and seeking death find life. Love her, Angelo: I have confess'd her and I know her virtue. A word of admiration for the tracking shots of characters walking down the endless streets of Vienna. Though in the first scene Angelo has shown reluctance to take the power that he is offered, the dramatic impression is of an immediate enactment of those long dormant laws. In both cases, he is still disguised as a friar. I do make myself believe that you may most uprighteously do a poor wronged lady a merited benefit, redeem your brother from the angry law, do no stain to your own gracious person, and much please the absent duke, if peradventure he shall ever return to have hearing of this business. When she refuses and threatens to reveal him, he explains that no one will believe her because of his position and reputation.
She is to marry the Duke. The Duke forms a plan by which Isabella will agree to have sex with the Angelo, but then Mariana will go in her place. He would not, but by gift of my chaste body to his desirous, intemperate lust, release my brother; and after much debate, my sisterly remorse overcomes mine honor, and I did yield to him. Her child is a year and a quarter old. O Isabel, will you not lend a knee? Your sense pursues not mine.
Isabella is left to contemplate a very important decision. I am so out of love with life that I will sue to be rid of it. I do bring in here two notorious benefactors. This outward-sainted deputy is yet a devil. Therefore prepare yourself to death.
I do beseech you let it be his fault and not my brother. Now, pious sir, you will demand of me why I do this. First, for this woman, to vindicate this worthy nobleman, her shall you hear disapproved to her face till she herself confess it. But I do bend my speech To one that can my part in him advertise; Hold therefore, Angelo:— In our remove be thou at full ourself; Mortality and mercy in Vienna Live in thy tongue and heart: old Escalus, Though first in question, is thy secondary. However, for this day's shooting, the street set was constructed in a circle hugging the four walls of the studio, with cameras and cast walking around inside it. According to Susan Willis's book, Colley was the 32nd actor approached for the part, the first choice being Alec Guinness, but then you can't always get what you want. Why dost thou ask again? Virginity, assaults thereon and reputations at stake are once again pivotal questions.
He also likes things simple. He refuses, but suggests that there might be some way to change his mind. Master Froth, I would not have you acquainted with tapsters; they will drain you. To the love I have in doing good, a remedy presents itself. Duke - Be absolute for death; either death or life Shall thereby be the sweeter. You may not so extenuate his offence For I have had such faults; but rather tell me, When I, that censure him, do so offend, Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, And nothing come in partial.
Reason thus with life: If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would keep: a breath thou art, Servile to all the skyey influences, That dost this habitation, where thou keep'st, Hourly afflict: merely, thou art death's fool; For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun And yet runn'st toward him still. But, just then the Duke, dressed as the friar, asks for a word with Isabella. And why meet him at the gates and deliver our authorities there? The only sympathetic friend Isabella has is a priest who, in actuality, is the Duke in disguise. Claudio, whom here you have warrant to execute, is no greater forfeit to the law than Angelo, who hath sentenced him. Lucio, a friend, takes this news to the convent where Isabella, Claudio's sister, is about to become a nun.