Passage: Measure for Measure, 5.1.89-119

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ISABELLA: This gentleman told somewhat of my tale,--
LUCIO: Right.                                                                      [90]
DUKE VINCENTIO: It may be right; but you are i' the wrong
To speak before your time. Proceed.
ISABELLA: I went
To this pernicious caitiff deputy,--
DUKE VINCENTIO: That's somewhat madly spoken.
ISABELLA: Pardon it;
The phrase is to the matter.
DUKE VINCENTIO: Mended again. The matter; proceed.
ISABELLA: In brief, to set the needless process by,
How I persuaded, how I pray'd, and kneel'd,
How he refell'd me, and how I replied,--
For this was of much length,--the vile conclusion          [100]
I now begin with grief and shame to utter:
He would not, but by gift of my chaste body
To his concupiscible intemperate lust,
Release my brother; and, after much debatement,
My sisterly remorse confutes mine honour,
And I did yield to him: but the next morn betimes,
His purpose surfeiting, he sends a warrant
For my poor brother's head.
DUKE VINCENTIO: This is most likely!

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