Measure for Measure - Act 3, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 2 Summary

Elbow enters leading Pompey to jail again. When the Duke is told Pompey makes his money from prostitution, he condemns him for being wicked. Lucio enters and teases Pompey about being arrested again. He asks how Mistress Overdone is doing, and Pompey tells him that she no longer has any prostitutes working for her, and has a venereal disease herself. Lucio tells Pompey he deserves to go to jail, and says he will not pay Pompey's bail this time.

Pompey is led off to jail and Lucio asks the disguised Duke if he knows any news of the Duke. The Duke/friar says he has none. Lucio laments the Duke's absence because Angelo is being so strict. The Duke/friar replies that strictness is needed to restore order, to which Lucio replies that Angelo "was not made by man and woman," i.e...

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