She continues to plead with him, and Lucio again tells her that she is too cold. She argues that Claudio would
have mercy on Angelo if the roles were reversed. Angelo tells Isabella to leave. Lucio tells Isabella to touch
Angelo more, and Angelo tells her that she is wasting her time. Angelo also argues that he would condemn even
his own relative in the same way. Isabella continues to argue, speaking more readily, and Lucio tells her that
Angelo is wavering. Angelo finally tells her that he will think about it, and that she should return tomorrow.
Isabella calls out, "Hark how I'll bribe you. . ." (II.ii.144), and Angelo grows interested, replying, "How?" (II.ii.147).
Isabella responds that she will pray for him, and Angelo again tells her to come back tomorrow. Lucio tells her to
obey, and Isabella agrees to return before noon.
The scene ends with a soliloquy in which Angelo realizes that he desires Isabella in a sexual way and ponders
why. He says, "Dost thou desire her foully for those things that make her good? Oh, let her brother live. . ."
, disguised as a friar, visits the prison, saying that he wants to visit the prisoners. Juliet enters, and the
Duke asks her if she repents her sin. She replies yes, and the Duke says he will help absolve her. He asks if she
loves the man that impregnated her, and she replies that she loves him as much as she loves herself. The Duke
figures out that their sexual encounter was consensual, and Juliet agrees. The Duke then tells her that she sinned
more than her lover, and she says that she repents it. The Duke tells her that he is going to visit Claudio, who
must die tomorrow, and Juliet expresses her sorrow.