• Another room in the same.
    Enter Provost and a Servant

    SERVANT

    He’s hearing of a cause; he will come straight
    I’ll tell him of you.

    PROVOST

    Pray you, do.
    Exit Servant
    I’ll know
    5His pleasure; may be he will relent. Alas,
    He hath but as offended in a dream!
    All sects, all ages smack of this vice; and he
    To die for’t!
    Enter ANGELO

    ANGELO

    Now, what’s the matter. Provost?

    PROVOST

    10Is it your will Claudio shall die tomorrow?

    ANGELO

    Did not I tell thee yea? Hadst thou not order?
    Why dost thou ask again?

    PROVOST

    Lest I might be too rash:
    Under your good correction, I have seen,
    15When, after execution, judgment hath
    Repented o’er his doom.

    ANGELO

    Go to; let that be mine:
    Do you your office, or give up your place,
    And you shall well be spared.
  • Another room in ANGELO’s house.
    The Provost and a servant enter.

    SERVANT

    He’s listening to a case. He’ll come at once, when I tell him you’re here.

    PROVOST

    Please do.
    The Servant exits.
    I’ll ask him his intentions; maybe he’ll relent. Claudio didn’t consciously commit a crime. People of every class and age indulge in this vice—and he’s going to die for it!
    ANGELO enters.

    ANGELO

    Now, what’s the matter, Provost?

    PROVOST

    Do you want Claudio to die tomorrow?

    ANGELO

    Did I not tell you yes? Don’t you have your orders? Why do you ask again?

    PROVOST

    In case I might be too rash. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve seen judges regret imposing the death sentence after the execution.

    ANGELO

    Enough—that’s my problem. Do your job, or resign your position. We can easily do without you.