Abridged Measure for Measure/#13/Plan/Act 4, Scene 1

Mariana is on stage. Friar Lodowick enters. She says “No” when he asks if anyone has been there and asked for him. Isabella enters. Mariana exits. Lodowick asks her “What news from this good deputy?” She says “He hath a garden walled around with brick. There have I made my promise, upon the heavy middle of the night, to call upon him.” He asks her if she has agreed to anything else and she says “No, only to visit i’ th’ dark, and that my stay would be brief.” He says “I have not yet made known to Mariana a word of this.” Mariana enters. Lodowick introduces the women, both acknowledging that they trust him. He says to Mariana “Take then this your companion by the hand, who hath a story ready for your ear.” The two women walk aside. The women re-enter, Isabella saying “She’ll take the enterprise upon her, father, if you advise it.” He says “It is not only my consent but my wish too.” Isabella says to Mariana “When you depart from him, say soft and low, remember now my brother.” Mariana says “Fear me not.” They exit.

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