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Luc. If thou art chang'd to aught, 'tis to an ass. Bal. Small cheer, and great welcome, makes a Dro. S. 'Tis true; she rides me, and I long for merry feast. grass.
Ant. E. Ay, to a niggardly host, and more 'Tis so, I am an ass; else it could never be,
sparing guest: But I should know her as well as she knows me. But though my cates3 be mean, take them in good _Adr. Come, come, no longer will I be a fool,
part; To put the finger in the eye and weep,
Belter cheer 'may you have, but not with better Whilst man, and master, laugh my woes to scorn.
heart. Come, sir, to dinner; Dromio, keep the gate : But, soft; my door is lock'd; Go bid them let us in. Husband, i'll dine above with you to-day,
Dro. E. Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely, GilAnd shrivel you of a thousand idle pranks :
lian, Jen'! Sirrah, if any ask you for your master,
| Dro. S. [Within.] Mome,“ malt-horse, capon, Say, he dines forth, and let no creature enter.
coxcomb, idiot, patch ! Come, sister :-Dromio, play the porter well. Either get thee from the door, or sit down at the Ani. s. Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell ?
hatch: Sleeping, or waking? mad, or well-advis'd ? Dost thou conjure for wenches, that thou call'st for Known unto these, and to myself disguis’d!
such store, I'll say as they say, and perséver so,
When one is one too many ? Go, get thee from the And in this mist at all adventures go.
door. Dro. S. Master, shall I be porter at the gate? | Dro. E. What patch is made our porter? My Adr. Ay; and let none enter, lest I break your master stays in the street. pate.
| Dro. S. Let him walk from whence he came, Luc. Come, come, Antipholus, we dine too late. lest he catch cold on's feet.
(Exeunt. Ant. E. Who talks within there ? ho, open the
Dro. S. Right, sir, I'll tell you when, an you'll ACT III.
tell me wherefore.
Ant. E. Wherefore? for my dinner ; I have not SCENE 1. The same. Enter Antipholus of! Dro. S. Nor to-day here you must not; come Ephesus, Dromio of Ephesus, Angelo, and Bal
again, when you may. thazar.
Ant. E. What art thou, that keep'st me out from Ant. E. Good signior Angelo, you must excuse
the house I owe? us all;
| Dro. S. The porter for this time, sir, and my My wife is shrewish, when I keep not hours :
* name is Dromio. Say, that I linger'd with you at your shop,
Dro. E. O villain, thou hast stolen both mine osTo see the making of her carkanet,
fice and my name; And that to-morrow you will bring it home.
The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle But here's a villain, that would face me down
blame. He met me on the mart; and that I beat him, I thou had'st been Dromio to-day in my place, And charg'd him with a thousand marks in gold; Thou would'st have chang'd thy face for a name, And that I did deny my wife and house :
or thy name for an ass. Thou drunkard, thou, what didst thou mean by Luce. [Within.] What a coil' is there ? Dromio. this?
who are those at the gate ? Dro. E, Say what you will, sir, but I know what Dro. E. Let my master in, Luce. I know:
Faith, no; he comes too late; That you beat me at the mart, I have your hand to And so tell your master.
O Lord, I must laugh: show: If the skin were parchment, and the blows you Have at you with a proverb.-Shall I set in my gave were ink,
staff? Your own hand-writing would tell you what I think.! Luce. Have at you with another : that's;-When? Ant. E. I think, thou art an ass.
can you tell ? Dro. E. Marry, so it doth appear
Dro. S. Ifthy name be call?d Luce, Luce, thou By the wrongs I suffer, and the blows I bear.
hast answer'd him well. I should kick, being kick’d; and, being at that pass,
Ant. E. Do you hear, you minion ? you'll let us You would keep from my heels, and beware of an
in, I hope ?
Luce. I thought to have ask'd you. Ant. E. You are sad, signior Balthazar: 'Pray
And you said, no. God, our cheer
Dro. E. So, come, help ; well struck; there
was blow for blow. May answer my good will, and your good welcome
Ant. E. Thou baggage, let me in. Bal. I hold your dainties cheap, sir, and your
"Can you tell for whose sake ? welcome dear.
Pro. E. Master, knock the door hard. Ant. E. O, signior Balthazar, either at flesh or!
Let him knock till it ache. fish,
Ant. E. You'll cry for this, minion, if I beat the A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty
door down. dish.
Luce. What needs all that, and a pair of stocks. Bal. Good meat, sir, is common; that every
in the town? churl affords.
Adr. (Wilhin.] Who is that at the door, that Ant. E. And welcome more common; for that's
keeps all this noise ? nothing but words.
Dro. S. By my troth, your town is troubled with
unruly boys. (1) Absolve. (2) A necklace strung with pearls. 15) Dishes of meat, (4) Blockhead. (5) Foole (6) Town, am owner of, (7) Bustle, tumulto :
That you know what you what dias
Ant. E. Are you there, wife? you might have Pretty and witty; wild, and, yet too, gentle ; come before.
| There will we dine : this woman that I mcall, Adr. Your wise, sir knare? go, get you from My wise (bul, I protest, without desert,) the door.
Hath oftentimes upbraided me withal; Dro. E. If you went in pain, master, this knave To her will we to dinner.-Get you home, would go sore.
And fetch the chain; by this, I know, 'tis made: Ang. Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome; Bring it, I pray you, to the Porcupine; we would sain have either.
For There's the house; that chain will I bestow Bal. In debating which was best, we shall part' (Be it for nothing but to spite my wife,) with neither.
Upon mine hostess there: good sir, make haste: Dro. E. They stand at the door, master; bid Since mine own doors refuse to entertain me, them welcome hither.
I'll knock elsewhere, to see if they'll disdain me. Ant. E. There is something in the wind, that we Ang. I'll meet you at that place, some hour cannot get in.
hence. Dro. E. You would say so, master, if your Ant. E. Do so: This jest shall cost me some garments were thin.
(Ereuni. Your cake here is warm within ; you stand here in the cold:
SCENE II.-The sanie. Enler Luciana, and It would make a man mad as a buck, to be so
Antipholus of Syracuse. bought and sold.? Ant. E. Go, fetch me somcthing, I'll break ope Luc. And may it be that you have quile forgot the gate.
A husband's ofiice? Shall, Antipholus, hate, Dro. S. Break any breaking here, and I'll break Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs: rot? your knave's pate.
Shail love, in building, grow so ruinate? Dro. E. A man may break a word with you, if you did wed my sister for her wealth, sir: and words are but wind;
Then, for her wealth's sake, use her with more Ay, and break it in your face, so he break it not
Or, if you like clscwhere, do it by stralth; Dro. S. It seems, thou wantest breaking: Out Mude your false love with some show of blind upon thee, hind!
ness : Dro. E. Here's' too much, out upon thce! I Let not my sister read it in your eye; pray thee, let me in.
Be not thy tongue thy own shanic's orator; Dro. S. Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty; fish have no fin.
Apparel vice like virtuc's harbinger: Ant. E. Well, I'll break in ; Go borrow me a Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted; crow.
Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint; Dro. E. A crow without a feather; master, Be secret-false: What need she be acquainted ? mean you so ?
| What simple thicf brags of his own attaint ? For a fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a 'Tis double wrongs, to truant with your bed, feather:
| And let her read it in thy looks at board: If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck a crow Shame hath a bastard lime, well managed; together.
Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. Ant. E. Go, get thce gone, fetch me an iron Alas, poor women! make us but believe, crow.
Being compact of credit, that you love us ; Bal. Have patience, sir; 0, let it not be so; Though others have the arm, show us the slecre; Herein you war against your reputation,
We in your motion turn, and you may move us, And draw within the compass of suspect
Then, gentle brother, get you in again ; The unviolated honour of your wife.
Comfort my sister, cheer her, call her wife: Once this, -Your long experience of her wisdom, 'Tis holy sport to be a little vain," Her sober virtue, years, and modesty,
When the swect breath of Nattery conquers strife, Plead on her part some cause to you unknown; | Ant. S. Sweet mistress (what your name is else, And doubt not, sir, that she will well excuse
I know not,
Less, in your knowledge, and your grace, you show And let us to the Tiger all to dinner :
not, And, about evening, come yourself alone,
Than our earth's wonder; more than earth divme. To know the reason of this strange restraint. Teach me, deir creature, how to think and speak: Ir by strofir hand you offer to break in,
Lay open to my earthly gross conceit, Now in the stirring passage of the day,
Smother'd in errors, feeble, shallow, weak, A vulgar somment will be made on it;
The folded meaning of your word's deceit. And that suppos'd by the common rout
Against my soul's pure truth why labour you, Against your yet ungalled estimation,
To make it wander in an unknown field ? That may with foul intrusion enter in,
Are you a god ? would you create me new ?
But if that I am I, then well I know,
Far more, far more, to you do I decline.
To drown me in thy sister's Rood of tears;
Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote: (1) Have part. (2) A proverbial phrase. 13)e. Made fast. (4) By this time. |(6) i.e. Being made altogether of credulity. (5) Love-springs are young plants or shoots of love.|(7)Yain, is light of tongue, (8) Mermaid Tor siren,
Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs, 1 Dro. S. No, sir, 'tis in grain ; Noah's flood could And as a bed I'll take thee, and there lic; not do it.
And, in that glorious supposition, think | Ant. S. What's her name?
Let love, being light, be drowned if she sink! quarters, that is, an ell and three quarters, will
| Dro. S. No longer from head to foot, than from Luc. It is a fault that springeth from your eye. hip to hip: she is spherical, like a globe; I could Ant. $. For gazing on your beams, fair sun, find out countries in her.. being by.
| Ant. S. In what part of her body stands Ireland ? Luc. Gaze where you should, and that will clear Dro. S. Marry, sir, in her buttocks; I found it your sight.
out by the bogs. Anl. S. As good to wink, sweet love, as look on Ani. S. Where Scotland ?
1. Dro. S. I found it by the barrenness; hard, in Luc. Why call you me love? call my sister so. the palm of the hand. Ant. S. Thy sister's sister.
Ant. S. Where France ? Luc.
That's my sister. Dro. $. In her forehead ; arm'd and reverted, Ant. s.
No; making war against her hair. It is thyself, mine own self's better part;
Ant. S. Where England ? Mine eye's clear eye, my dear heart's dearer heart;l Dro. S. I look'd for the chalky cliffs, but I could My food, my fortune, and my sweet hope's aim. Trind no whiteness in them: but I guess it stood in My sole earth's heaven, and my heaven's claim. her chin, by the salt rheum that ran between
Luc. All this my sister is, or else should be. France and it.
Int. S. Call thyself sister, sweet, for I aim thee: Ant. S. Where Spain ? Thce will I love, and with thee lead my life; | Dro. S. Faith, I saw it not; but I felt it, hot in Thou hast no husband yet, nor I no wife :
her breath. Give me thy hand.
Ant. S. Where America, the Indies ? Luc.
0, soft, sir, hold you still; Dro. S. 0, sir, upon her nose, all o'er embellish'd I'll fetch my sister, to get her good will.
with rubics, carbuncles, sapphires, declining their
Erit Luciana. rich aspect to the hot breath of Spain; who sent Enler, from the house of Antipholus of Ephesus,
whole armadas of carracks to be ballast at her nose.
Ant. S. Where stood Belgia, the Netherlands ? Dromio of Syracuse.
1 Dro, S. O, sir, I did not look so low. To conAnt. S. Why, how now, Dromio? where runn'st clude, this drudge, or divincr, laid claim to me; thou so last ?
call'd me Dromio ; swore, I was assur'd' to her; Dro. S. Do you know me, sir? am I Dromio ? am told me what privy marks I had about me, as the I your mın ? am I myself?
mark of my shoulder, the mole in my neck, the Ant. S. Thou art Dronnio, thou art my man, great wart on my lest arm, that I, amazed, ran thou art thyself.
from her as a witch: and, I think, if my breast had Dro. S. I am an ass, I am a woman's man, and not been made of faith, and my heart of steel, she besides myself.
had transform'd me to a curtail-dog, and made me Ant. s.' What woman's man? and how besides turn i'the wheel. thyself?
Sni. S. Go, hie thee presently, post to the road; Dro. S. Marry, sir, besides myself, I am due to And if the wind blow any way from shore, a woman; one that claims me, one that haunts me, I will not harbour in this town to-night. one that will have me.
ir any bark put forth, come to the mart, Ant, S. What claim lays she to thec?
Where I will walk, till thou return to me. Dro. S. Marry, sir, such claim as you would lay If every one know us, and we know none, to your horse; and she would have me as a beast: 'Tis time, I think, to irudge, pack, and be gone. not that, I being a beast, she would have me; but. Dro. S. As from a bear a man would run for life, that she, being a very bcastly creature, lays claim So fly I from her that would be my wile. Exil. to me.
| Ani. S. There's none but witches do inhabit here; Ant. S. What is shc?
And therefore, 'tis high time that I were hence. Dro. S. A very reverent body; ay, such a one She, that doth call me husband, even my soul as a man may not speak of, without he say, sir Doth for a wife abhor: but her fair sister, reverence: I have but lean luck in the match, and Possess'd with such a gentle sovereign grace, yet is she a wondrous fat marriage.
Of such enchanting presence and discourse, Ant. s. How dost thou mean," a fat marriage ? (Hath almost made me traitor to myself :
Dro. S. Marry, sir, she's the kitchen-wcnch, and But, lest myself be guilty to sell-wrong, all grease; and I know not what use to put hér to, l'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song. but to make a lamp of her, and run from her by her own light. I warrant, her rags, and the tallow
Enter Angelo. in them, will burn a Poland winter: if she lives Ang. Master Antipholus ? till doomsday, she'll burn a weck longer than the Anl. S. Ay, that's my name. whole world.'
| Ang. I know it well, sir : Lo, here is the chain ; Ant. S. What complexion is she of?
I thought to have ta’en you at the Porcupine: Dro. S. Swart,2 like my shoe, but her face no- The chain unfinish'd made me stay thus long. thing like so clean kept; For why ? she sweats, a Ant. S. What is your will, that I shall do with man may go over shoes in the grime of it.
this ? Ant. S. That's a fault that water will mend. Ang. What please yourself, sir; I have made
it for you. (1) i. e. Confounded. (2) Swarthy. (3) Large ships. (4) Allianced.
(5) A turn-spit.
Ant. S. Made it for me, sir ? I bespoke it not. | Ang. Then you will bring the chain lo ler fourAng. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times you
Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not Go home with it, and please your wife withal;
time enough. And soon at supper-time I'll visit you,
Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain about And then receive my money for the chain.
you? Ant. S. I pray you, sir, receive the money now;l Ant. E. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have; For fear you ne'er see chain, nor money, more. Or else you may return without your money. Ang. You are a merry man, sir ; fare you well. | Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the
chain : Ant. S. What I should think of this, I cannot tell; Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman, But this I think, there's no man is so vain, And I, lo blame, have held him here too long. That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain.
Ani. E. Good lord, you usc this dalliance to I see, a man here needs not live by shills,
Mer. The hour steals on; I pray you, sir, des
palch. Ang. You hear, how he importunes me; tbo
Ant. E. Why, give it to my wife, and felch your SCENE I.–The same. Enter a Merchant, An money. gelo, and an Officer,
Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you
even now; • Mer. You know, since Pentecost the sum is due, Either send the chain, or send me by some token. And since I have not much importun'd you; | Ant. E. Fie ! now you run this humour out of Nor now I had not, but that I am bound
breath: To Persia, and want guilders' for my voyage: Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me see it. Therefore make present satisfaction,
| Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance; Or I'll attach you by this oflicer.
Good sir, say, whe'r you'll answer me, or no; Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to you, If not, I'll leave him to the officer. Is growing to me by Antipholus :
Ant. E. I answer you! What should I answer And, in the instant that I met with you,
you ? He had of me a chain ; at five o'clock,
Ang. The money, that you owe me for the chain. I shall receive the money for the same:
Ani. E. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house, Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since. I will discharge my bond, and thank you too.' Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong me much
to say so. Enter Antipholus of Ephesus, and Dromio of
Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it: Ephesus.
Consider, how it stands upon my credit. Off. That labour may you save; see where hel Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit. comes.
Off. I do ; and charge you in the duke's name, Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house, gol thou
| Ang. This touches me in reputation :And buy a rope's end ; that will I bestow
Either consent to pay this sum for me, Among my wife and her confederates,
Or I attach you by this ollicer. For locking me out of my doors by day.
Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had But soft, I see the goldsmith :-get thee gone; Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou dar'st. Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me.
| Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer; Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy I would not spare my brother in this case, a rope!
TErit Dromio. If he should scorn me so apparently. Ant. E. A man is well holp up, that trusts to 00. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit. you:
Ant. E. I do obey thec, till I give thee bail:I promised your presence, and the chain;
But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear But neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me: As all the metal in your shop will answer. Belike, you thought our love would last too long, I ng. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, If it were chain'd together; and therefore came not./To your notorious shame, I doubt it not. Ang. Saving your mcrry humour, here's the note,
Enter Dromio of Syracuse. How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat; The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion ; ' Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum, Which doth amount to three odd ducats more That stays but till her owner comes aboard, Than I stand debted to this gentleman ;
And then, sir, bears away: our franghlage,* sir, I pray you, see him presently discharg'd,
I have convey'd aboard, and I have bought
Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all,
peevish sheep, Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof;
What ship of Epidamnum stays for me? Perchance, I will be there as soon as you. Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire wallage..
(2) Accruing (3) I shallo (4) Freight, cargo. (5) Silly. (6) Carriage.
can I tell:
"ad, which 'rested him, that
Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for alone, whose hard heart is button'd up with steel; rope;
A fiend, a fairy, pitiless and rough; And told thee to wbat purpose and what end. A wolf, nay, worse, a fellow all in buff';5 Dro. S. You sent me, sir, for a rope's end as A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper, one that counsoon :
termands You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands; Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more leisure, A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dry-foot And teach your ears to listen with more heed. To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight :
One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk
to hell. That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry,
Adr. Why, man, what is the matter ? There is a purse of ducats : let her send it;
Dro. S. I do not know the matter : he is 'rested Tell her, I am arrested in the street,
on the case. And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave; be gone. Adr. What, is he arrested ? tell me, at whose suit. On, officer, to prison till it come.
Dro. S. I know not at whose suit he is arrested, [Ereunt Mer. Ang. Off, and Ant. E.
well; Dro. S. To Adriana! that is where he din'd, But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband: She is too big, hope, for me to compass.
Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the moThither I must, although against my will,
ney in the desk ? For servants must their masters' minds fulfil. (Ex. dr. Go fetch it, sister. - This I wonder at, SCENE II.-The same. Enter Adriana and that he, unknown to me, should be in debt:
[Exit Luciana. Luciana.
Tell me, was he arrested on a band ?" Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee sc?
Dro. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing; Might'st thou perceive austerely in his eye A chain, a chain; do you not hear it ring? That he did plead in earnest, yea cr no?
Idr. What, the chain ? Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily? | Dro. S. No, no, the bell: 'tis time, that I were What observation mad'st thou in this case,
gone. or his heart's meteors tilting in his face ? 1' It was two ere I left hiin, and now the clock strikes Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right.
one, Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more my Adr. The hours come back! that did I never hear. spite.
Dro. S. (yes, if any hour meet a sergeant, Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger here.
a'turns back for very fear. Adr. And true he swore, though yet forsworn Adr. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost he were,
thou reason! Luc. Then pleaded I for you.
Dro. S. Time is a very bankrupt, and owes more Adr. And what said he?
than he's worth to season. Luc, That love I begg'd for you, he begg'd of me. Nay, he's a thief too: Have you not heard men say, Adr. With what persuasion did he tempt thy That time comes stealing on by night and day? love?
IC he be in debt, and theft, and a sergeant in the way, Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day?
move. First he did praise my beauty; then, my speech.
Enter Luciana. Adr. Did'st speak him fair?
Adr. Go, Dromio ; there's the money, bear it Luc. Have patience, I beseech.
straight; Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, told me still;
And bring thy master home immediately.My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.] Come, sister; I am press'd down with conceit;8 He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Conceit, my comfort, and my injury. [E.ceuni. Ill-fac'd, worse-bodied, shapeless every where;
i Vicious, ungentle, foolioli, blunt, unkind;
SCENE III.-The same. Enter Antipholus of Sugmatical in making, worse in mind.
Syracusc. Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one?! Ant. S. There's not a man I meet, but doth No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone.
salute me Adr. Ah! but I think him better than I say, As if I were their well-acquainted friend;
And yet would herein others' eyes were worse : (And every one doth call me in my name. Far from her nest the lapwing cries away;* Some tender money to me, some invite me; My heart prays for him, though my tongue do Some other give me thanks for kindnesses, curse.
Some offer me connmodities to buy :
Even now a tailor cail'e 10e in his shop,
And show'd me sills that he had bought for me, Dro. S. Here, go; the desk, the purse; sweet And, therewithal, took measure of my body. now, make haste.
Sure, these are but imaginary wiles, Luc. How hust thou lost thy breath?
| And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here. Dro. S.
By running fast. Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio? is he well?
Enter Dromio of Syracuse. Dro. 8. No, he's in tartar limbo, worse than hell: Dro. S. Master, here's the gold you sent me for: A devil in an everlasting garment hath him, What, have you got the picture of old Adam new
apparell’d? (1) An allusion to the redness of the northern lights likened to the appearance of armies.
(5) The officers in those days were clad in buff, (2) Dry, witbered.
which is also a cant expression for a inan's skin. (3) Marked by nature with deformity.
(6) Hell was the cant term for prison. (4) Who crieth most where her nest is not. I (7) i. e. Bond (8) Fanciful conception,