• Enter DUKE, SENATORS, and OFFICERS

    DUKE

    There’s no composition in this news
    That gives them credit.

    FIRST SENATOR

    Indeed, they are disproportioned.
    My letters say a hundred and seven galleys.

    DUKE

    5And mine a hundred and forty.

    SECOND SENATOR

        And mine, two hundred.
    But though they jump not on a just account—
    As in these cases, where the aim reports
    'Tis oft with difference—yet do they all confirm
    A Turkish fleet, and bearing up to Cyprus.

    DUKE

    10Nay, it is possible enough to judgment.
    I do not so secure me in the error,
    But the main article I do approve
    In fearful sense.

    SAILOR

    (within)
        What, ho, what, ho, what, ho!

    OFFICER

    15A messenger from the galleys.
    Enter SAILOR

    DUKE

    Now, what’s the business?

    SAILOR

    The Turkish preparation makes for Rhodes,
    So was I bid report here to the state
    By Signior Angelo.
  • The DUKE enters with SENATORS and OFFICERS.

    DUKE

    These reports are inconsistent. You can’t trust them.

    FIRST SENATOR

    It’s true, they’re inconsistent. My letters say there are a hundred and seven ships.

    DUKE

    And mine say a hundred and forty.

    SECOND SENATOR

    And mine say two hundred. But often in these cases, reports are just estimates. The important thing is that they all say a Turkish fleet is approaching Cyprus.

    DUKE

    Yes, we get the idea. The inconsistency doesn’t make me think that the reports are all wrong. I have no doubt about what they’re basically saying, and it’s frightening.

    SAILOR

    (offstage) Hello! Hey, hello!

    OFFICER

    It’s a messenger from the warships.
    A SAILOR enters.

    DUKE

    Why are you here?

    SAILOR

    Signor Angelo told me to come here and tell you that the Turkish fleet is heading for Rhodes, not Cyprus.