Folio Comparision: Act II, Scene 1
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  Another thing to fall: I not deny,
The jury, passing on the prisoner's life
May in the sworn-twelve have a thief, or two
Guiltier than him they try; what's open made to justice,
That justice seizes; What knows the laws
That thieves do pass on thieves? 'Tis very pregnant,
The jewel that we find, we stoop and take't,
Because we see it; but what we do not see,
We tread upon, and never think of it.
You may not so extenuate his offence,
For I have had such faults; but rather tell me
When I, that censure him, do so offend,
Let mine own judgment pattern out my death,
And nothing come in partial. Sir, he must die.
   ESCALUS.  Be it as your wisdom will.  
   ANGELO.  Where is the provost?  
   PROVOST.  Here, if it like your honor.  
   ANGELO.  See that Claudio
Be executed by nine to-morrow morning,
Bring him his confessor, let him be prepared,
For that's the utmost of his pilgrimage.
   ESCALUS.  Well: heaven forgive him; and forgive us all:
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall:
Some run from brakes of ice, and answer none,
And some condemned for a fault alone.

Although Shakespeare provides relatively few stage directions, the dialogue is chockful of hints. A wonderful example of this is found in Angelo's line "Whre is the Provoft?" Angelo is on stage at this point conversing with Escalus. The Provost must enter upstage of Angelo while Angelo has his back turned to him. Also note Escalus' line, " Well heaven forgiue him; and forgiue vs all:" To whom is Escalus speaking? Is it an aside? And if it is to the audience, where is Angelo and what is he doing so that he doesn't hear Escalus? Compare the Folio version and the Interactive Shakespeare version of this scene to the video version of the Holy Cross production. Note the radical textual and staging differences. Does the Holy Cross version destroy the meaning of the scene or does it extrapolate upon it?

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