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A room in a prison.
A room in a prison.
Enter, severally, DUKE VINCENTIO disguised as a friar, and Provost
DUKE VINCENTIO, disguised as a friar, and the Provost enter from opposite directions.

DUKE VINCENTIO
Hail to you, provost! so I think you are.
DUKE VINCENTIO
Hello, Provost—I think that’s who you are.

PROVOST
I am the provost. What’s your will, good friar?
PROVOST
I am the provost. What do you want, good friar?



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DUKE VINCENTIO
Bound by my charity and my blest order,
I come to visit the afflicted spirits
Here in the prison. Do me the common right
To let me see them and to make me know
The nature of their crimes, that I may minister
To them accordingly.
DUKE VINCENTIO
My sense of charity and my religious order make it my duty to come visit the troubled souls here in prison. Grant me the clergy’s usual right to see them, and tell me the nature of their crimes, so I may minister to them accordingly.

PROVOST
I would do more than that, if more were needful.
PROVOST
I’d do more than that, if it were needed.
Enter JULIET
JULIET enters.
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Look, here comes one: a gentlewoman of mine,
Who, falling in the flaws of her own youth,
Hath blister’d her report: she is with child;
And he that got it, sentenced; a young man
More fit to do another such offence
Than die for this.
Look, here comes one: a gentlewoman in my charge who, by giving in to her youthful passion, has ruined her reputation. She’s pregnant, and the child’s father is sentenced to death. He’s just a young man, who deserves the chance to make more babies, rather than to die for this one.

DUKE VINCENTIO
When must he die?
DUKE VINCENTIO
When must he die?

PROVOST
As I do think, to-morrow.
PROVOST
Tomorrow, I think.
To JULIET
(to JULIET)

I have provided for you: stay awhile,
And you shall be conducted.
I’ve gotten accommodations for you. Wait here, and you’ll be escorted to them.