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Most bounteous sir, [Kneeling.
His act did not o'ertake his bad intent,
And must be buried but as an intent
That perish'd by the way: thoughts are no subjects;
Merely, my lord.
Duke. Your suit's unprofitable; stand up, I say. 460
Duke. For which I do discharge you of your office :
Give up your keys.
Pardon me, noble lord :
His name is Barnardine. Duke. I would thou hadst done so by Claudio. Go fetch him hither; let me look upon him.
469. advice, reflection.
Escal. I am sorry, one so learned and so wise
Ang. I am sorry that such sorrow I procure :
Re-enter PROVOst, with Barnardine, ClaudIO
Duke. Which is that Barnardine?
But, for those earthly faults, I quit them all;
I leave him to your hand. What muffled fellow's that?
Prov. This is another prisoner that I saved, Who should have died when Claudio lost his
As like almost to Claudio as himself.
[Unmuffles Claudio. Duke. [To Isabella] If he be like your brother, for his sake
Is he pardon'd; and, for your lovely sake,
490. advise him, give him spiritual counsel.
497. Give me your hand, etc. The imperatives are not abso
lute, but express the condition by which Claudio will become his brother: 'provided that you give,' etc.
He is my brother too: but fitter time for that.
I find an apt remission in myself;
And yet here's one in place I cannot pardon.
One all of luxury, an ass, a madman ;
Lucio. 'Faith, my lord, I spoke it but according to the trick. If you will hang me for it, you 510 may; but I had rather it would please you I might be whipt.
Duke. Whipt first, sir, and hanged after.
Lucio. I beseech your highness, do not marry 520 me to a whore. Your highness said even now, I made you a duke: good my lord, do not recompense me in making me a cuckold.
Duke. Upon mine honour, thou shalt marry her.
501. quits you well, brings you in a good return.
503. apt remission, readiness to pardon.
506. luxury, licentiousness.
510. trick, fashion.
526. forfeits, penalties. Lucio is therefore not (as is often supposed) whipt and hanged,' any more than Angelo is beheaded.
Lucio. Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to death, whipping, and hanging.
Duke. Slandering a prince deserves it. [Exeunt Officers with Lucio. She, Claudio, that you wrong'd, look you restore. Joy to you, Mariana ! Love her, Angelo : I have confess'd her and I know her virtue. Thanks, good friend Escalus, for thy much good
There's more behind that is more gratulate.
535. gratulate, gratifying.