Abridged Measure for Measure/#5/Execution/Act 2, Scene 1

Angelo and Escalus are on stage, Escalus arguing that Claudio’s indiscretion should not lead to his imprisonment and to his death. Escalus suggests Angelo should “rather cut him a little than let him fall and bruise to death.” Escalus loses the argument, Angelo prophetically saying “when I that censure him do so offend, let mine own judgment pattern out my death.” Angelo ends their discussion, saying “Sir, he must die.” The Provost enters. An over-heatedly angry Angelo tells the Provost to “see that Claudio be executed by nine tomorrow morning.” Angelo exits. A Justice enters. Escalus says “It grieves me for the death of Claudio, but there’s no remedy.” The Justice says “Lord Angelo is severe.” Escalus says “It is but needful. But yet, poor Claudio. There is no remedy.” They exit.

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