• Fields without the town.
    Enter DUKE VINCENTIO in his own habit, and FRIAR PETER

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    These letters at fit time deliver me[.]
    Giving letters
    The provost knows our purpose and our plot.
    The matter being afoot, keep your instruction,
    And hold you ever to our special drift;
    5Though sometimes you do blench from this to that,
    As cause doth minister. Go call at Flavius’ house,
    And tell him where I stay: give the like notice
    To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus,
    And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate;
    10But send me Flavius first.

    FRIAR PETER

    It shall be speeded well.
    Exit
    Enter VARRIUS

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    I thank thee, Varrius; thou hast made good haste:
    Come, we will walk. There’s other of our friends
    Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius.
    Exeunt
  • Fields outside the town.
    DUKE VINCENTIO enters in his own clothing, with FRIAR PETER.

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    At the right time, deliver these letters for me.
    Holding letters
    The provost knows about my plan. Once things get going, remember your orders and follow my lead, though sometimes you can deviate from the plan, if it seems appropriate. Go to Flavius’ house, and tell him where I’m staying. Inform Valentinus, Rowland, and Crassus, too, and ask them to bring the trumpeters to the gate. But send me Flavius first.

    FRIAR PETER

    I’ll do it right away.
    He exits.
    VARRIUS enters.

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    Thanks, Varrius, you got here fast. Let’s get going. More of our friends will be here soon, honorable Varrius.
    They exit.