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Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this restraint?

Lucio
Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this restraint?
Claudio
From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty.Diacope
As surfeit is the father of much fast,Simile & Alliteration
So every scope by the immoderate use
Turns to restraint.Irony
Our natures do pursue,
Like rats that raven down their proper bane,
A thirsty evil,Simile & Catachresis
and when we drink, we die.Alliteration

I have great hope in that, for in her youth
There is a prone and speechless dialect
Such as move men.

Lucio
If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I
would send for certain of my creditors. And yet, to
say the truth, I had as lief have the foppery of
freedom as the mortality of imprisonment.Alliosis
 What’s
thy offense, Claudio?
Claudio
What but to speak of would offend again.
Lucio
What, is ’t murder?
Claudio
No.
Lucio
Lechery?
Claudio
Call it so.
Provost
Away, sir. You must go.
Claudio
One word, good friend.—Lucio, a word with you.
Lucio
A hundred, if they’ll do you any good. Is lechery
so looked after?
Claudio
Thus stands it with me: upon a true contract
I got possession of Julietta’s bed.Metonymy

You know the lady. She is fast my wife,
Save that we do the denunciation lack
Of outward order.Anastrophe
This we came not to
Only for propagation of a dower
Remaining in the coffer of her friends,
From whom we thought it meet to hide our love
Till time had made them for us. But it chances
The stealth of our most mutual entertainment
With character too gross is writ on Juliet.Metaphor

Lucio
With child, perhaps?Anapodoton
Claudio
Unhappily, even so.Anapodoton
And the new deputy now for the Duke—
Whether it be the fault and glimpse of newness,
Or whether that the body public be
MetaphorA horse whereon the governor doth ride,
Who, newly in the seat, that it may know
He can command, lets it straight feel the spur;Anaphora & Alliosis

Whether the tyranny be in his place
Or in his eminence that fills it up,Alliosis

I stagger in—but this new governor
Awakes me all the enrollèd penalties
Which have, like unscoured armor, hung by th’ wall
So long that nineteen zodiacs have gone round,
And none of them been worn;Simile
and for a name
Now puts the drowsy and neglected actPersonification
Freshly on me. ’Tis surely for a name.
Lucio
I warrant it is. And thy head stands so tickle on
thy shoulders that a milkmaid, if she be in love, may
sigh it off.Synecdoche & Adynaton
Send after the Duke and appeal to him.
Claudio
I have done so, but he’s not to be found.
I prithee, Lucio, do me this kind service:
This day my sister should the cloister enterAnastrophe
And there receive her approbation.
Acquaint her with the danger of my state;
Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends
To the strict deputy; bid herself assay him.
I have great hope in that, for in her youth
There is a prone and speechless dialectOxymoron
Such as move men. Besides, she hath prosperous art
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And well she can persuade.
Lucio
I pray she may, as well for the encouragement of
the like, which else would stand under grievous
imposition, as for the enjoying of thy life, who I
would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a
game of tick-tack.Metaphor
I’ll to her.
Claudio
I thank you, good friend Lucio.
Lucio
Within two hours.
Claudio
Come, officer, away.
 They exit.