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Come, sir, did you set these women on to slander Lord Angelo?

Escalus, to disguised Duke
Come, sir, did you set these women on to slander
Lord Angelo? They have confessed you did.
Duke, as Friar
’Tis false.
Escalus
How? Know you where you are?

Laws for all faults,
But faults so countenanced that the strong statutes
Stand like the forfeits in a barber’s shop,
As much in mock as mark.

Duke, as Friar
Respect to your great place, and let the devil
Be sometime honored for his burning throne.
Where is the Duke? ’Tis he should hear me speak.
Escalus
The Duke’s in us, and we will hear you speak.
Look you speak justly.
Duke, as Friar
Boldly, at least.—But, O, poor souls,
Come you to seek the lamb here of the fox?
Good night to your redress. Is the Duke gone?
Then is your cause gone too. The Duke’s unjust
Thus to retort your manifest appeal,
And put your trial in the villain’s mouth
Which here you come to accuse.
Lucio
This is the rascal; this is he I spoke of.
Escalus, to disguised Duke
Why, thou unreverend and unhallowed friar,
Is ’t not enough thou hast suborned these women
To accuse this worthy man, but, in foul mouth
And in the witness of his proper ear,
To call him villain? And then to glance from him
To th’ Duke himself, to tax him with injustice?—
Take him hence. To th’ rack with him. We’ll touse him
Joint by joint, but we will know his purpose.
What? “Unjust”?
Duke, as Friar
Be not so hot. The Duke
Dare no more stretch this finger of mine than he
Dare rack his own. His subject am I not,
Nor here provincial. My business in this state
Made me a looker-on here in Vienna,
Where I have seen corruption boil and bubble
Till it o’errun the stew. Laws for all faults,
But faults so countenanced that the strong statutes
Stand like the forfeits in a barber’s shop,
As much in mock as mark.
Escalus
Slander to th’ state!
Away with him to prison.

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Act 5
Scene 1
Line 325

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