Measure for Measure

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Angelo and Escalus
disvouch (v.) disavow, contradict, refuse to acknowledge


Every letter he hath writ hath disvouched other.


In most uneven and distracted manner. His
distracted (adj.) 1 perplexed, confused, agitated
uneven (adj.) irregular, erratic

actions show much like to madness. Pray heaven his

wisdom be not tainted. And why meet him at the gates,
taint (v.) 6 lose vigour, become weak, wither

and reliver our authorities there?
reliver (v.) restore, hand over, give up again


I guess not.


And why should we proclaim it in an hour before

his entering, that if any crave redress of injustice, they
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require

should exhibit their petitions in the street?
exhibit (v.) 1 submit for inspection, produce for consideration, propose


He shows his reason for that – to have a dispatch
dispatch, despatch (n.) 2 prompt settlement, speedy handling

of complaints, and to deliver us from devices hereafter,
deliver (v.) 3 free, release, liberate
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick

which shall then have no power to stand against us.


Well, I beseech you let it be proclaimed.

Betimes i'th' morn I'll call you at your house.
betimes (adv.) 1 early in the morning, at an early hour
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

Give notice to such men of sort and suit
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank
suit (n.) 3 court attendance, personal retinue

As are to meet him.


                         I shall, sir. Fare you well.


Good night.

Exit Escalus

This deed unshapes me quite, makes me unpregnant
unpregnant (adj.) unready, uninclined, unreceptive
unshape (v.) deform, disfigure, destroy

And dull to all proceedings. A deflowered maid,
dull (adj.) 1 dead, lifeless, sluggish, inactive

And by an eminent body that enforced
body (n.) 6 person, individual

The law against it! But that her tender shame

Will not proclaim against her maiden loss,

How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares her no,
tongue (v.) 1 reproach, censure, berate

For my authority bears of a credent bulk
bulk (n.) 2 weight, magnitude, capacity
credent (adj.) 2 believable, credible, trustworthy

That no particular scandal once can touch
particular (adj.) 1 personal, special, private

But it confounds the breather. He should have lived,
breather (n.) 2 speaker, utterer
confound (v.) 5 discomfit, defeat, put to shame

Save that his riotous youth with dangerous sense
sense (n.) 7 opinion, view, judgement

Might in the times to come have ta'en revenge,

By so receiving a dishonoured life

With ransom of such shame. Would yet he had lived.

Alack, when once our grace we have forgot,

Nothing goes right. We would, and we would not.


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