• A room in a prison.
    Enter, severally, DUKE VINCENTIO disguised as a friar, and Provost

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    Hail to you, provost! so I think you are.

    PROVOST

    I am the provost. What’s your will, good friar?

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    Bound by my charity and my blest order,
    I come to visit the afflicted spirits
    5Here in the prison. Do me the common right
    To let me see them and to make me know
    The nature of their crimes, that I may minister
    To them accordingly.

    PROVOST

    I would do more than that, if more were needful.
    Enter JULIET
    10Look, here comes one: a gentlewoman of mine,
    Who, falling in the flaws of her own youth,
    Hath blister’d her report: she is with child;
    And he that got it, sentenced; a young man
    More fit to do another such offence
    15Than die for this.

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    When must he die?

    PROVOST

    As I do think, to-morrow.
    To JULIET
    I have provided for you: stay awhile,
    And you shall be conducted.
  • A room in a prison.
    DUKE VINCENTIO, disguised as a friar, and the Provost enter from opposite directions.

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    Hello, Provost—I think that’s who you are.

    PROVOST

    I am the provost. What do you want, good friar?

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    My sense of charity and my religious order make it my duty to come visit the troubled souls here in prison. Grant me the clergy’s usual right to see them, and tell me the nature of their crimes, so I may minister to them accordingly.

    PROVOST

    I’d do more than that, if it were needed.
    JULIET enters.
    Look, here comes one: a gentlewoman in my charge who, by giving in to her youthful passion, has ruined her reputation. She’s pregnant, and the child’s father is sentenced to death. He’s just a young man, who deserves the chance to make more babies, rather than to die for this one.

    DUKE VINCENTIO

    When must he die?

    PROVOST

    Tomorrow, I think.
    (to JULIET)
    I’ve gotten accommodations for you. Wait here, and you’ll be escorted to them.