5. MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Problem Plays ?. Comedies ?. Dark Comedies ?. Drammi dialettici?. The Provost , runs the prison, and is responsible for carrying out all of Angelo's orders . Elbow , a simple constable Abhorson , an executioner Barnardine , a prisoner. The Duke Vincentio
The Provost, runs the prison, and is responsible for carrying out all of Angelo's orders.
Elbow, a simpleconstable
Abhorson, an executioner
Barnardine, a prisoner
The Duke Vincentio
Varrius, a friend of The Duke
Escalus, a lord
Justice, a friend of Escalus
Angelo, rules in the Duke's absence
Juliet, Claudio's lover/unofficial bride, pregnant with his child
Isabella, a novicenun
Lucio, a debauched lord
Froth, a gentleman of fourscore pound a year
FriarThomas, a friar
Friar Peter, anotherfriar
Francisca, a nun
Mistress Overdone, a prostitute who runs a brothel
Pompey, a bawd and "tapster" (pimp/bartender) who works for Mistress Overdone
King of HUNGARY
Thou art always figuring diseases in me; but thou art full of error; I am sound.
Nay, not as one would say, healthy; but so sound as things that are hollow: thy bones are hollow; impiety has made a feast of thee.
Non fai che contare le mie malattie; ma
ti sbagli: io sono sano.
Mica sano come un pesce, ma come una
campana, che è vuota dentro; come sono
le tue ossa, spolpate dai tuoi bagordi.
Enter MARIANA and a Boy (Boy sings)
Take, O, take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn:
But my kisses bring again, bring again;
Seals of love, but sealed in vain, sealed in vain.
Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away:
Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
Hath often still'd my brawling discontent.
Exit Boy. Enter DUKE VINCENTIO disguised as before
I cry you mercy, sir; and well could wish
You had not found me here so musical:
Let me excuse me, and believe me so,
My mirth it much displeased, but pleased my woe.
'Tis good; though music oft hath such a charm
To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
I pray, you, tell me, hath any body inquired
for me here to-day? much upon this time have
I promised here to meet.