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Sex in the City: Measure for Measure We have strict statutes and most biting

Sex in the City: Measure for Measure We have strict statutes and most biting laws, The needful bits and curbs to headstrong weeds, Which for this fourteen years we have let slip; Even like an o’ergrown lion in a cave That goes not out to prey. Now, as fond fathers, Having bound up the threat’ning twigs of birch Only to stick it in their children’s sight For terror, not to use, in time the rod More mocked becomes than feared: so our decrees, Dead to infliction, to themselves are dead: And Liberty plucks Justice by the nose, The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart Goes all decorum. (Duke Vincentio, 1. 3. 19 -31)

My business in this state Made me a looker-on here in Vienna, Where I

My business in this state Made me a looker-on here in Vienna, Where I have seen corruption boil and bubble Till it o’errun the stew; laws for all faults, But faults so countenanced that the strong statutes Stand like the forfeits in a barber’s shop, As much in mock as mark. (Vincentio disguised as Friar, 5. 1. 310 -16).

Mind the Gap: Six Memos for Measure 1. Date: 1603/1604: Othello, Venice, ‘bed trick’

Mind the Gap: Six Memos for Measure 1. Date: 1603/1604: Othello, Venice, ‘bed trick’ 2. Language: ‘precise’: ‘four things to do with a word: OED, LEME, Concordance, EEBO’ ‘Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, / Nothing goes right: we would and we would not’ (4. 4. 31 -32). Opening scene: Subsequent scenes: government, science, institutions, laws, justice diseases, dolours, dollars elected to supply, figure, deputation, stamped restraint/liberty; surfeit/fast test, scruple face/speak; speak/face spirits, nature, soul, virtues blood/appetite/mind/natural edge pregnant, warp, leavened, quick condition fault/condemned/forfeit: pardon/mercy/grac lent/terror: dressed/love; will/pleasure; mortality/ e mercy: tongue/heart; enforce/qualify; art/practice remedy/redemption ‘Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, suspected/respected; justice/iniquity Not light them for themselves. ’ ‘She speaks, and tis such sense

Slogans, epigrams, proverbs, rhetorical questions, one-liners: ‘There went but a pair of shears between

Slogans, epigrams, proverbs, rhetorical questions, one-liners: ‘There went but a pair of shears between us’ (1. 2. 26) ‘Grace is grace, despite of all controversy’ (1. 2. 23) ‘Our natures do pursue, Like rats that ravin down their proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink we die’ (1. 2. 108 -110). ‘We must not make a scarecrow of the law’ ((2. 1. 1). ‘Is it a lawful trade? ’ ‘If the law would allow it’ (2. 1. 201). ‘Does your worship mean to geld and spay all the youth of the city? … they will to’t then’ (2. 1. 205, 207). ‘The tempter or the tempted, who sins most, ha? ’ (2. 2. 168) ‘Blood thou art blood’ (2. 4. 15). ‘More than our brother is our chastity’ (2. 4. 185). ‘Go to, sir, you weigh equally. A feather will turn the scale’ (4. 2. 23). ‘He who the sword of heaven will bear Must be as holy as severe’ (3. 1. 480 -82) ‘The law cries out / … “An Angelo for a Claudio”: death for

A play built on male identity crisis? Vincentio ‘I love the people, / But

A play built on male identity crisis? Vincentio ‘I love the people, / But do not like to stage me to their eyes’ (1. 1. 68 -69). ‘Believe not that the dribbling dart of love / Can pierce a complete bosom…I have ever loved the life removed/…I have delivered to Lord Angelo/…My absolute power and place here in Vienna’ (1. 3. 213). ‘We have strict statutes … / Which … we have let slip’ (1. 3. 19, 21). ‘Sith twas my fault to give the people scope, Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall them For what I bid them do – for we bid this be done When evil deeds have their permissive pass And not their punishment’ (1. 3. 35 -39). ‘I will … / Visit both prince and people. Therefore … / Supply me with the habit…’ ‘Hence shall we see / If power change purpose, what our seemers be’ (1. 3. 44 -54). ‘the old fantastical duke of dark corners’; ‘He had some feeling of the sport, he knew the service’; ‘his use was to put a ducat in her clack dish’; he ‘would have dark deeds darkly answered’; ‘The Duke, I say to thee again, would eat mutton on Fridays’ (3. 1. passim). ‘This is his pardon … Now sir, what news? ’ (4. 2. 100, 106).

Angelo: ‘Let there be some more test made of my metal Before so noble

Angelo: ‘Let there be some more test made of my metal Before so noble and so great a figure Be stamped upon it’ (1. 1. 47 -49). ‘They say this Angelo was not made by man and woman, after ‘… the new deputy now for the Duke – this downright way of creation. Is’t Whether that the body public be true, think you? Some report a A horse whereon the governor doth ride sea maid spawned him, some that Who, newly in the seat, that it may know he was begot between two He can command, lets it straight feel the spur, Whether the tyranny be in his place, stockfishes. But it is certain that Or in his eminence that fills it up – when he makes water his urine is I stagger in. But this new governor … for a name congealed ice. That I know to be Now puts the drowsy and neglected act true. And he is a motion Freshly on me. ’Tis surely for a name’ (1. 2. 134 -148). ungenertive; that’s infallible’ (3. 1. 349 -356). ‘What’s thy offence, Claudio? ‘Lord Angelo is precise. Murder? … Lechery? … Is Stands at a guard with envy, scarce confesses lechery so looked after? … I That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone’ (1. 3. 50 -53) would be sorry [thy life] should thus be foolishly lost at a game ‘What’s this, what’s this? … What, do I love her? / of … tick-tack’ O cunning enemy, that, to catch (1. 2. 181) a saint/With saints dost bait thy hook!. . . / Never could the strumpet, / With all her double vigour – art and nature – once stir my temper; but this virtuous maid /Subdues me quite. Ever til now When men were fond, I smiled, and wondered how’ (2. 2. 165 – 191).

Claudio ‘Whence comes this restraint? ’ ‘From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty’ (1.

Claudio ‘Whence comes this restraint? ’ ‘From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty’ (1. 2. 104 – 105). ‘Thus stands it with me. Upon a true contract, I got possession of Julietta’s bed. You know the lady; she is fast my wife, Save that we do the denunciation lack Of outward order … But it chances The stealth of our most mutual entertainment With character too gross is writ on Juliet’ (1. 2. 122 -132). ‘I prithee Lucio, do me this kind service. This day my sister should the cloister enter. And there receive her approbation. Now sister, what’s the comfort? Acquaint her with my state. Is there no remedy? … Implore her in my voice that she make friends Thou shalt not do it! … To the strict deputy. Bid herself assay him. Sure it is no sin, / Or of the deadly I have great hope in that, for in her youth seven it is the least … There is a prone and speechless dialect Death is a fearful thing… Such as move men. Beside, she hath To lie in cold obstruction and to prosperous art rot… When she will play with reason and discourse Sweet sister, let me live!

The woman’s part: Housewives/Hussies Julietta (traitor): ‘It chances / The stealth of our most

The woman’s part: Housewives/Hussies Julietta (traitor): ‘It chances / The stealth of our most mutual entertainment / With character too gross is writ on Juliet’ (1. 2. 130 -132). (prison) Isabella (nunnery) Mrs Overdone (‘nunnery’) Trial/Test: ‘Assay him’ Redemption? do? ’ Substitute? Forfeit? Deputy? Stand-in? Head v. Head? Marianna (none-ery) (doubles Julietta? ) ‘What would you

Dramaturgy: A play of two halves 1. Talk/Argue/Split hairs/debate 2. Plot Hand-over (1. 1)

Dramaturgy: A play of two halves 1. Talk/Argue/Split hairs/debate 2. Plot Hand-over (1. 1) Angelo Mariana/Isabella/‘Friar’ Moated grange (4. 1) Arrest (1. 2) Claudio Disguise (1. 3) Duke Provost/‘Fria Release (1. 4) Isabella ‘Bed trick’ Prison (4. 2) Abhorson/Pompey, ‘Head trick’ (Barnardine, Ragozine) Trial (2. 1) Pompey Bum Prison (4. 3) ‘Trial’ (2. 2) Angelo v. Isabella Re-entry (4. 4, 4. 5, 4. 6) Prison (2. 3) Duke (5. 1. 1 -532) Return, Revelation, and …. ? ‘Re-trial’ (2. 4) Angelo v. Isabella Prison (3. 1. 1 -502) Duke/Claudio; Claudio/Isabella;