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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 1 — Conclusion

— 5.1 — At the city gate stood Friar Peter, Isabella, and Mariana, who was veiled. Passing through the city gate were Duke Vincentio, Varrius, and some lords. Waiting for Duke Vincentio were Angelo and Escalus. Also present were the … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 5 & 6

— 4.5 — In the fields outside Vienna, Duke Vincentio, who was NOT disguised, and Friar Peter talked. “At the suitable time, deliver these letters for me,” Duke Vincentio said, handing Friar Peter some letters. Using the royal plural, he … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 4

— 4.4 — Angelo and Escalus talked in a room in Angelo’s house. Escalus said, “Every letter that Duke Vincentio has written has contradicted the letters we have previously received from him.” Claudio replied, “The letters are written in a … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 3

— 4.3 — In another room of the prison, Pompey said to himself, “I know as many people here as I did when I was in our house of the oldest profession. One would think it was Mistress Overdone’s own … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — The Provost and Pompey talked together in the prison. “Come here,” the Provost said to Pompey. “Can you cut off a man’s head?” “If the man is a bachelor, sir, I can, but if he is a … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — Mariana was in the farmhouse at St. Luke’s, listening to a boy sing this song: “Take, oh, take those lips away, “That so sweetly were forsworn; “And those eyes, the break of day, “Lights that do mislead … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 2

— 3.2 — Several people entered the room in which the disguised Duke Vincentio was standing: Elbow the Constable, Pompey the part-time pimp, and some law-enforcement officers. Elbow said to Pompey, “Unless we can stop you pimps from buying and … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 1

— 3.1 — In a room of the prison, Duke Vincentio, who was still disguised as a friar, talked to Claudio. Duke Vincentio asked, “So then you are hoping that Lord Angelo will pardon you?” “The miserable have no other … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 4

— 2.4 — In a room of his house, Angelo talked to himself. “When I want to pray and think, I pray and think on different subjects. Heaven gets my empty words, while my imagination, which does not hear my … Continue reading

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