- ISABELLA: This gentleman told somewhat of my tale,--
- LUCIO: Right. 
- 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 
- 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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