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Men. Tra. O Jupiter!
Mes. Peace, what exclaiming is this? How old were
Men. Cit. About seven yeare old: for even then I 485 shedde teeth, and since that time I never heard of
anie of my kindred.
Mess. Had ye never a brother?
Men. Cit. Yes, as I remember, I heard them say, we
were two Twinnes.
Men. Tra. O Fortune!
Mess. Tush, can ye not be quiet? Were ye both of
Men. Cit. Nay, (as I think) they cald my brother,
Men. Tra. It is he, what need further proofe? O brother, brother, let me embrace thee!
Men. Cit. Sir, if this be true, I am wonderfully glad : but how is it that ye are called Menechmus?
Men. Tra. When it was tolde us that you and our father 500
were both dead, our Graundsire (in memorie of my
Men. Cit. 'Tis verie like he would do so indeed.
let me aske ye one question more: what was
Men. Tra. Theusimarche.
Men. Cit. Brother, the most welcome man to mee, that the world holdeth.
Men. Tra. I joy, and ten thousand joyes the more, having taken so long travaile and huge paines to seeke 510 you.
Mess. See now, how all this matter comes about. This it was that the Gentlewoman had ye in to dinner, thinking it had bene he.
Men. Cit. True it is I willed a dinner to be provided for 515
me heere this morning; and I also brought hither
Men. Tra. Is not this the same, brother?
Men. Tra. This woman met me; had me in to dinner;
Men. Cit. Indeed she took ye for mee: and I believe I have bene as straungely handled by occasion of 525 your comming.
Mess. You shall have time inough to laugh at all these matters hereafter. Do ye remember maister, what
ye promised me?
Men. Cit. Brother, I will intreate you to performe your 530 promise to Messenio; he is worthie of it.
Men. Tra. I am content.
Mess. Io Tryumphe.
Men. Tra. Brother, will ye now go with me to Syracusis? Men. Cit. So soone as I can sell away such goods as I 535 possesse here in Epidamnum, I will go with you.
Men. Tra. Thanks, my good brother.
Men. Cit. Messenio, plaie thou the Crier for me, and
What day shall your sale be?
Men. Cit. This day sennight.
Mess. All men, women and children in Epidamnum,
or elsewhere, that will repaire to Menechmus house
ground and all; so they bring readie money. Will
Men. Cit. Yea, but I think no bodie will bid money for
Mess. Thus Gentlemen we take our leaves, and if we have pleasde, we require a Plaudite.
The References are to the Notes
basting, dry, 33.
bay (boy F 1), 119.
beard singed, 110.
become disloyalty, 57.
better part, 38, 60.
bob (F 1 sob), 85.
blood, drop of, 89.
bought and sold, 52.
boy (F 1) for bay, 118.
buy out, 13.
attraction, loss of final or initial letter cates, 48.
by, 118, 123.
chalky cliffs, 64.
changed (world), 41.
children (trisyllabic), 121.