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Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's forth.
call more help, Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no To have them bound again. gold;
Offi. Away, they'll kill But I confess, Sir, that we were lockd out.
[Exeunt OFFICER, ADR, and Luc. Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false Ant. s. I see these witches are afraid of in both.
swords. Ant. E. Dissembling barlot, thou art false in Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now And art confederate with a damned pack, [all; | ran from you. To make a loathsome abject scorn of me:
Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff But with these nails I'll pluck out these false
from thence: eyes,
I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. That would behold in me this shameful'sport. Dro. S. Faith, stay here this night, they will [Pinch and his assistants bind ANT. and surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us DROMIO.
fair, give us gold: methinks, they are such a · Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad , come near me.
flesh that claims marriage of me, I could find Pinch. More company ;-the fiend is strong in my heart to stay here still, and turn witch. within him.
Ant. $. I will not stay to-night for all the Luc. Ah me, poor man, how pale and wan
town; he looks!
Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou
(Exeunt. jailer, thou, I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them
SCENE I.--The same.
Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too.
til Ang. I am sorry, Sir, that I have hinder'd Hast thou delight to see a wretched man (cer?
But, I protest, he had the chain of me, (you; Do outrage and displeasure to himself?
Though most dishonestly he doth deny it." Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the The debt he owes, will be requir'd of me.
city ? Adr. I will discharge thee,ere I go from thee:
Ang. Of very reverend reputation, Sir, Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,
Of credit infinite, highly belov'd, And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay
Second to none that lives here in the city; Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd
His word might bear my wealth at any time. Home to my house.-0 most unhappy day!
Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he Ant. E. () most unhappyt strumpet!
walks. Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bondi Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse.
for you. Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost! Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his thou mad me?
neck, Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be which he forswore, most monstrously, to have. Goed master; cry, the devil.
imad, Good Sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him. Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they | Signior Antipholus, I wonder much [ble; talk !
That you would put me to this shame and trouAdr. Go bear him hence.--Sister, go you And not without some scandal to yourself, with me.
With circumstance, and oaths, so to deny Ereunt Pinch and assistants with ANT. This chain, which now you wear so openly: and DRO.
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Say now, whose suit is he arrested at ?
You have done wrong to this my honest friend; Offi. One Angelo, a goldsmith; Do you know Who, but for staying on our controversy, him?
Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day : Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he This chain yon had of me, can you deny it? owes?
Ant. s. I think, I had; I never did deny it. Offi. Two hundred ducats.
Mer. Yes, that you did, Sir; and forswore Adr. Say, how grows it due?
it too. Offi. Due for a chain, your husband had of Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forhim.
swear it? Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did had it not.
hear thee: Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st to-day
To walk where any honest men resort. Came to my house, and took away my ring, Ant. S. Thou art a villain, to impeach me The ring I saw upon his finger now,)
thus: Straight after, did I meet him with a chain. I'll prove mine honour, and mine honesty
Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it: Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. Come, jailer, bring me where the goldsmith is,' Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain, I long to know the truth hereof at large.
[They draw. Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, COURTEZAN, and drawn, and DROMIO of Syracuse.
others. uc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for Gud's sake; again.
he is mad :* Foolish. + Unhappy for unlucky, i. e. inischierous.
Some get within him, take his sword away: Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?
Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. This is some priory ;-In, or we are spoil'd. | Adr. Then, let your servants bring my hus. [Excunt ANTIPH. und Dromio to the Priory.
Abb. Neither; he took this place for sancEnter the ABBESS.
tuary, Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng And it shall privilege him from your hands, you hither?
Till I have brought him to his wits again, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband Or lose my labour in assaying ito
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, Diet his sickness, for it is my office, And bear him home for his recovery.
And will have no attorney but myself; Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. And therefore let me have him home with me. Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, him.
Till I have us'd the approved means I have, Abb. How long hath this possession held the | With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy man?
prayers, Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, To make of him'a formal man again:* and sad,
It is a branch and parcelt of mine oath, And much, much different from the man he | A charitable duty of my order; But, till this afternoon, his passion (was; Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Ne'ér brake into extremity of rage.
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck And ill it doth beseem your holiness, [here; at sea ?
To separate the husband and the wife. Buried some dear friend? Hath not else bis | Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not Stray'd his affection in unlawful love? [eye
í Exit ABBESS, A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,
Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indige Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
nity Which of these sorrows is he subject to?
Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his Adr. To none of these, except it be the last;
feet, Namely, some love, that drew him oft from | And never rise until my tears and prayers home.
Have won his grace to come in person hither, Abb. You should for that have reprehended | And take perforce my husband from the Abhim.
Less, Adr. Why, so I did.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five: Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.
Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let Comes this way to the melancholy vale; me.
The place of death and sorry execution, 4bb. Haply, in private.
Behind the ditches of the abbey here. Adr. And in assemblies too.
Ang. Upon what cause? 16b, Ay, but not enough.
Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Adr. It was the copyt of our conference: Who put unluckily into this bay In bed, he slept not for my urging it;
Against the laws and statutes of this town, At board, he fed not for my urging it;
Beheaded publicly for his offence. Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
Ang. See, where they come; we will behold In company, I often glanced it;
his death. Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.
Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was
abbey. mad: The venom clamours of a jealous woman
Enter Duke attended; ÆGEON bare-headed; Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.
with the Headsman and other Officers. It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy rail
Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly,
If any friend will pay the sum for him, And thereof comes it that his head is light. I
He shall not die, so much we tender him. Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy up
Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the braidings:
Abbess! Unquiet meals make ill digestions,
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;
It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, Thou say'st, his sports were hinder'd by thy
my husband, brawls:
Whom I made lord of me and all I had, eet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,
| At your importantg letters,--this ill day t moody and dull melancholy,
A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; insman to grim and comfortless despair;)
That desperately he hurried through the street ; Ind, at her heels, a huge infectious troop (With him his bondman, all as mad as he,) of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?
Doing displeasure to the citizens in food, in sport, and life-preserving rest
By rushing in their houses, bearing thence To be disturb'd, would mad or man, or beast: 1
Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like. The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.
Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went, Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, | That here and there his fury had committed. When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and | Anon, I wote not by what strong escape,
wildly, . l.e. Close, grapple with him.
* I. e. To bring him back to his senses. + Part 1 Sad. 1. . Go into a house. The theme.
$ Importunate, ll.e. To take measures. T Keow
Ho broke from those that had the guard of Ant. E. This day, great dure, she suut the him;
doors upon me, And, with his mail attendant and himself, while she with harlots* feasted in my house. Each one with iraful passion, with drawn Duke. A grievous fault : Say, woman, didst swords,
thou so? Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
Adr. No, my good lord ;-.myself, hc, and my Chas'd us away; till raising of more aid, We came again to bind them: then they fled To-day did dine together: So befall my soul, Into this abbey, whither we pursued them; As this is false, he burdens me withal! And here the abbess shuts the gates on us, | Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep 01 And will not suffer us to fetch him out,
night, Nor send him forth, that we may bear him | But she tells to your highness simple truth! hence.
(mand, Ang. () perjur'd woman! They are both for Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy com
sworn. Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for In this the madman justly chargeth them. help.
| Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say: Duke. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine, my wars;
| Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, And I to thee engag'd a prince's word, Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. When thou didst make him master of thy bed, This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner: To do him all the grace and good I could. Thal goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate, And bid the lady abbess come to me;
Could witness it, for he was with me then; I will determine this, before I stir.
Who parted with me to go fetch a chain,
Promising to bring it to the Porcupine,
Where Balthazar and I did dine together. Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save Our dinner done, and he not coming thither, yourself!
I went to seek hita : in the street I met him; My master and his man are both broke loos,
And in his company, that gentleman, [down, Beaten the maids a-row," and bound the doc
There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me tor,
That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, Whose beard they have singed off with brands
Wnich, God he knows, I saw not: for the of fire;
He did arrest me with an officer. (which, And ever as it blazed, they threw on him
I did obey; and sent my peasant home Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair:
For certain ducats: he with none return'd. My master preaches patience to him, while
Then fairly I bespoke the officer, His man with scissars nicks himt like a fool :
To go in person with me to my house. And, sure, unless you send some present help,
By the way we met Between them they will kill the conjurer.
My wife, her sister, and a rabble more Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man
Of vile confederates ; along with them are here;
They brought one Pinch; a hungry lean-tac'd And that is false thou dost report to us.
A mere anatomy, a mountebank, (villain, Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller ; I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it. | A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, | A living dead man: this pernicious slave, To scorch your face, and to disfigure you :
Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer;
Uhin. | And, gazing in mine eves, feeling iny pulse, Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress; ily, be gone. And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me, Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing: Cries out, I was possess'd: then altogether Guard with halberts.
They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence; Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you,
And in a dark and dankish vault at home That he is borne about invisible:
| There left me and my man, both bound toEven now we hous'd him in the abbey here;
. - gether; And now he's there, past thought of human Till gpawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, reason.
I gain'd my freedom, and immediately Enter ANTIPUOLUS and DROMIO of Ephesus.) Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, ! For these deep shames and great indignities.
To give me ample satisfaction grant me justice!
Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness Even for the service that long since I did thee,
with him; When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took
That he dined not at home but was lock'd out. Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood
Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no! That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice.
Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,
These people saw the chain about his neck. I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio, Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that
Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of
mine woman there,
Heard you confess you had the chain of him, She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife;
After you first foreswore it on the mart,
And, thereupon, I drew my swcrii on you;
And then you fled into this abbey here,
From whence, I think you are come by miracle.
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me
walls, just. ·le. Successively, one after another.
* Harlot was a term of reproach applied to chests among + Je uts his bail close.
I men as well as to wantons among women.
Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me: 'Thou know'st, we parted : but perhaps, my I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!
SOD, And this is false, you'burden me withal. Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Duke. Wby, what an intricate impeach is Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in
the city, I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup. Can witness with me that it is not so; If here you hous'd him, here he would have I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life. been;
(ly:-| Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years If he were mad, he would not plead so cold. Have I been patron to Antipholus, You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa: Denies that saying:-Sirrah, what say you? |I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote. Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcupine.
Enter the ABBESS, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracusan, Cour. He did; and from my finger snatch'd
and DROMIO Syracusen. that ring. Ant. E. "Tis true, my leige, this ring I had
Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much of her.
wrong'd. [All gather to see him. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey
Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes dehere?
ceive me. Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your
Duke. One of these men is Genius to the grace.
other; Duke. Why, this is strange:-Go call the
And so of these: Which is the natural man, Abbess hither;
And which the spirit? Who deciphers them? I think you are all mated,* or stark mad. Dro. S. I, Sir, am Dromio; command him [Erit an Attendant.
away. Æge. Most mighty dake, vouchsafe me speak
Dro, E. I, Sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay. a word;
Ant. S. Ægeon, art thou not? or else his Haply I see a friend will save my life,
ghost ? And pay the sum that may deliver me.
Dro. S. o, my old master! who hath bound Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou
him here? wilt.
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his Æge. Is not your name, Sir, callid Anti
bonds, pholus ?
And gain a husband by his liberty :Aud is not that your bondman Dromio? Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man
call'd mi . Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman,
That hore thee at a burden two fair sons: But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords; 10, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak, Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.
| And speak unto the same Æmilia! Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember
Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia ; me.
If thou art sbe, tell me, where is that son Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, Sir, by
That floated with thee on the fatal raft?
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I, you;
And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; For lately we were bound as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient, are you, Sir?
But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth Æge. Why look you strange on me? you
By force took Dromio and my son from them, know me well.
And me they left with those of Epidamnum: Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. I What then became of them, I cannot tell; Oh! grief hat
chano'd me since van 11, to this fortune that you see me in. saw me last;
Duke. Why, here begins his morning story And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand Have written strange defeaturest in my face:
These two Antipholuses, these two so like, But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? And these two Dromios, one in semblance,-? Ant. E. Neither.
Besides her urging of her wreck at sea,Æge. Dromio, nor thou ?
These are the parents to these children, Dro. E. No, trust me, Sir, nor I.
Which accidentally are met together. Æge. I am sure, thou dost.
Antipholus, thou cam'st from Corinth first. Dro. E. Ay, Sir; but I am sure, I do not; i Ant. S. No, Sir, not I; I came from Syracuse and whatsoever a man denies, you are now
Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not wbich bound to believe him.
is which Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extre Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gra
cious lord. Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor
Dro. E. And I with him. In seven short years, that here my only son Ant. E. Brought to this town with that mos Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares?
famous warrior Though now this grainedt face of mine be hid | Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. In sad-consuming winter's drizzled snow
Adr. Which of you two did dine with me And all the conduits of my blood froze up;
to-day? Yet hath my night of life some memory,
Ant. S. I, gentle mistress.
Ant. E. No, I'say nay to that.
i Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so; Tell me, thou art my son Antipholus.
And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here, Ant. É, I never saw my father in my life. Did call me brother:- What I told you then. Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, I bope, I shall have leisure to make good:
It'luis be not a drean, I see, and bear.
+ Alteration of festures
* The morning story is what Ægeon tells the Dukcia the first scene of this play
Ang. That is the chain, Sir, which you had | Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me; of me.
| After so long grief, such nativity! Ant. 8. I think it be, Sir; 1 deny it not. Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at thh Ant. E. And you, Sir, for this chain arrest
feast. ed me.
[Exeunt DUKE, ABBES, ÆGEON, COURTE Ang. I think I did, Sir; I deny it not.
ZAN, MERCHANT, ANGELO, and Atten Adr. I sent you money, Sir, to be your bail,
dants. By Dromio; but I think he brought it not. Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from Dro. E. No, none by me.
shipboard ? Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thon you,
embark'd? And Dromió my man did bring them me: Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at host, Sir, ir I see, we still did meet each other's man,
the Centaur. And I was ta'en for him, and he for me,
Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master, And thereupon these Errors are arose.
Dromio: Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father Come, go with us: we'll look to that anon:
Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him. Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his
[Exeunt ANTIPHOLUS S. and E. ADE life.
and Luc. Corr. Sir, I must have that diamond from Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's you.
house, Ant. Ě. There, take it; and much thanks for That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner; my good cheer.'
She now shall be my sister, not my wife. Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the Dro. E. Methinks, you are my glass, and no To go with us into the abbey here, (pains
my brother: And hear at large discoursed all our for- | I see by you, I am a sweet-faced youth. tunes:
Will you walk in to see their gossipping? And all that are assembled in this place,
Dro. S. Not I, Sir; you are my elder. That by this sympathized one day's error Dro. E. That's a question: how shall we try Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company,
it? And we shall make full satisfaction.
Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior: 61 Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail then, lead thou first. Of you, my sons; nor, till this present hour, | Dro. E. Nay, then thus :
'sther My beavy burdens are delivered :
We came into the world, like brother and bro The duke, my husband, and my children both, And now let's go hand in hand, not one be And you the calendars of their nativity,