[Exeunt DUKE VINCENTIO and Provost]
CLAUDIO: Now, sister, what's the comfort?
ISABELLA: Why, 
As all comforts are; most good, most good indeed.
Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven,
Intends you for his swift ambassador,
Where you shall be an everlasting leiger:
Therefore your best appointment make with speed; 
To-morrow you set on.
CLAUDIO: Is there no remedy?
ISABELLA: None, but such remedy as, to save a head,
To cleave a heart in twain.
CLAUDIO: But is there any? 
ISABELLA: Yes, brother, you may live:
There is a devilish mercy in the judge,
If you'll implore it, that will free your life,
But fetter you till death.
CLAUDIO: Perpetual durance? 
ISABELLA: Ay, just; perpetual durance, a restraint,
Though all the world's vastidity you had,
To a determined scope.
CLAUDIO: But in what nature?
ISABELLA: In such a one as, you consenting to't, 
Would bark your honour from that trunk you bear,
And leave you naked.
CLAUDIO: Let me know the point.
ISABELLA: O, I do fear thee, Claudio; and I quake,
Lest thou a feverous life shouldst entertain, 
And six or seven winters more respect
Than a perpetual honour. Darest thou die?
The sense of death is most in apprehension;
And the poor beetle, that we tread upon,
In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great 
As when a giant dies.
CLAUDIO: Why give you me this shame?
Think you I can a resolution fetch
From flowery tenderness? If I must die,
I will encounter darkness as a bride, 
And hug it in mine arms.
ISABELLA: There spake my brother; there my father's grave
Did utter forth a voice. Yes, thou must die:
Thou art too noble to conserve a life
In base appliances. This outward-sainted deputy, 
Whose settled visage and deliberate word
Nips youth i' the head and follies doth emmew
As falcon doth the fowl, is yet a devil
His filth within being cast, he would appear
A pond as deep as hell. 
CLAUDIO: The prenzie Angelo!
ISABELLA: O, 'tis the cunning livery of hell,
The damned'st body to invest and cover
In prenzie guards! Dost thou think, Claudio?
If I would yield him my virginity, 
Thou mightst be freed.
CLAUDIO: O heavens! it cannot be.
ISABELLA: Yes, he would give't thee, from this rank offence,
So to offend him still. This night's the time
That I should do what I abhor to name, 
Or else thou diest to-morrow.
CLAUDIO: Thou shalt not do't.
ISABELLA: O, were it but my life,
I'ld throw it down for your deliverance
As frankly as a pin. 
CLAUDIO: Thanks, dear Isabel.
ISABELLA: Be ready, Claudio, for your death tomorrow.
CLAUDIO: Yes. Has he affections in him,
That thus can make him bite the law by the nose,
When he would force it? Sure, it is no sin, 
Or of the deadly seven, it is the least.
ISABELLA: Which is the least?
CLAUDIO: If it were damnable, he being so wise,
Why would he for the momentary trick
Be perdurably fined? O Isabel! 
ISABELLA: What says my brother?
CLAUDIO: Death is a fearful thing.
ISABELLA: And shamed life a hateful.
CLAUDIO: Ay, but to die, and go we know not where;
To lie in cold obstruction and to rot; 
This sensible warm motion to become
A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit
To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside
In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice;
To be imprison'd in the viewless winds, 
And blown with restless violence round about
The pendent world; or to be worse than worst
Of those that lawless and incertain thought
Imagine howling: 'tis too horrible!
The weariest and most loathed worldly life 
That age, ache, penury and imprisonment
Can lay on nature is a paradise
To what we fear of death.
ISABELLA: Alas, alas!