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Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1879  Monday, 29 September 2003

From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Sep 2003 07:01:58 -0500
Subject: 14.1870 Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1870 Measure for Measure

Dana Wilson quotes, and asks:

>If my brother be condemned, I will unmake these
>ciphers, set the actors free, and let him find fault
>whose record is most fine.
>Measure for Measure, II,ii,30-40
>
>Can one suggest?

What text are you using?  G. B. Harrison's is as follows:

Isabel: I have a brother is condemned to die.
        I do beseech you, let it be his fault,
        And not my brother.

Prov.: [Aside] Heaven give thee moving graces!

Angelo: Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?
        Why, every fault's condemned ere it be done.
        Mine were the very cipher of a function
        To fine the faults whose fine stands in the record
[i.e, mine would be an office worth nothing to punish faults that were
already condemned.]

           MM,II, ii, 34-41.

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