Measure for Measure Contents
- Shakespeare, William
- 1564 - 1582: William Shakespeare's Stratford Beginnings
- 1582 - 1592: William Shakespeare's Marriage, Parenthood and Early Occupation
- 1592 - 1594: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 1
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 2
- 1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 3
- 1611 - 1616: William Shakespeare - Back to Stratford
- Social / political context
- Religious / philosophical context
- The Theatre
- Act I
- Act II
- Act III
- Act IV
- Act V
The moated grange
In Act III sc i, the disguised Duke tells Isabella the story of Angelo's rejected fiancée, Mariana, who lives in an area called ‘Saint Luke's' in a ‘moated grange' – that is, a country house surrounded by a moat:
- This setting suggests removal from society, and reflects Mariana's feelings of isolation and rejection
- When we first meet her, she says she has ‘sat here all day', another indication that she has little to do except think of her sadness
- She is listening to a song reflecting her situation, where ‘seals of love' were ‘seal'd in vain.'
However, unlike Isabella, she has not chosen to enter a nunnery:
- Although it is five years since Angelo abandoned her, she still loves him - the Duke tells Isabella in Act III sc i that instead of quenching Mariana's feelings for Angelo, his treatment of her has made Mariana's love ‘more violent and unruly'
- The moated grange is a temporary retreat, not the permanent enclosure and withdrawal that Isabella seeks in the nunnery.
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