Execute the deed

We are indebted to Evans (111) for this explanation. “To execute a deed is to sign, seal and deliver the legal document. To sign speaks for itself. To seal is to impress your own personal seal … on sealing wax … (you then) place the forefinger of your right hand on the seal and say ‘I deliver this as my act and deed.’ Until you do that the deed has no legal effect. If you are a tenor or soprano you may sing the words.” The modern meaning is simply to sign a legal document with the intention of being bound by its contents (142).

Act I