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I went To this pernicious caitiff deputy

Isabella
I went
To this pernicious caitiff deputy—
Duke
That’s somewhat madly spoken.
Isabella
Pardon it;
The phrase is to the matter.
Duke
Mended again. The matter; proceed.

He would not, but by gift of my chaste body
To his concupiscible intemperate lust,
Release my brother

Isabella
In brief, to set the needless process by:
How I persuaded, how I prayed and kneeled,
How he refelled 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 honor,
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
This is most likely!
Isabella
O, that it were as like as it is true!
Duke
By heaven, fond wretch, thou know’st not what thou speak’st,
Or else thou art suborned against his honor
In hateful practice. First, his integrity
Stands without blemish; next, it imports no reason
That with such vehemency he should pursue
Faults proper to himself. If he had so offended,
He would have weighed thy brother by himself
And not have cut him off. Someone hath set you on.
Confess the truth, and say by whose advice
Thou cam’st here to complain.
Isabella
And is this all?
Then, O you blessèd ministers above,
Keep me in patience, and with ripened time
Unfold the evil which is here wrapped up
In countenance. Heaven shield your Grace from woe,
As I, thus wronged, hence unbelievèd go.
Duke
I know you’d fain be gone.—An officer!
 An Officer comes forward.
To prison with her. Shall we thus permit
A blasting and a scandalous breath to fall
On him so near us? This needs must be a practice.—
Who knew of your intent and coming hither?
Isabella
One that I would were here, Friar Lodowick.

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Act 5
Scene 1
Line 105

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