Enter ISABELLA and FRANCISCA
And have you nuns no farther privileges?
Are not these large enough?
Yes, truly; I speak not as desiring more;
But rather wishing a more strict restraint
5Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of Saint Clare.
[Within] Ho! Peace be in this place!
Who’s that which calls?
It is a man’s voice. Gentle Isabella,
Turn you the key, and know his business of him;
10You may, I may not; you are yet unsworn.
When you have vow’d, you must not speak with men
But in the presence of the priore
Then, if you speak, you must not show your face,
Or, if you show your face, you must not speak.
15He calls again; I pray you, answer him.
Peace and prosperity! Who is’t that calls
Hail, virgin, if you be, as those cheek-roses
Proclaim you are no less! Can you so stead me
As bring me to the sight of Isabella,
20A novice of this place and the fair sister
To her unhappy brother Claudio?