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this man,

And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,

Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his extacy. He rush'd into my house, and took perforce Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel My ring away: This course I fittest choose ;

your pulse. For forty ducats is too much to lose. [Erit. Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel SCENE IV.- The same.

your ear.

Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within Enter A stiptolus of Ephesus, and an OFFICER Ant. E. Fear me not, man, I will not break To yield possession to my holy prayers, away;

And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight; I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.

Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace, I ain My wife is in a wayward mood to-day:

not mad. And will not lightly trust the messenger, Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed That I should be attach'd in Ephesus:

soul ! I tell you, 'twill sound harsbly in her ears.- Ant. E. You minion you, are these your cusEnter DROMIO of Ephesus, with a rope's end.

tomers ? Here comes my man ; I think, he brings the Revel and feast it at my house to day,

Did this companion* with a saffron face money. How now, Sir? have you that I sent you for? | And I denied to enter in my house?

Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay

Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you din'd them all, * Ant. E. But where's the money?

at home, Dro. E. Why, Sir, I gave the money for the Where'would you had remain d until this time,

Free from these slanders, and this open shame! rope. Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a

Ant. E. I din'd at home! Thou villain, what

say'st thou? rope?

Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine Dro. E. i'll serve you, Sir, five hundred at the rato.

at home. Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee

Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I

shut out? home? Dro. E. To a rope's end, Sir; and to that

Dro. E. Perdy,t your doors werelock'd, and end am I return'd.

you shut out. Ant. E. And to that end, Sir, I will welcome

Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me

there? you.

[Beating him. Off. Good Sir, be patient.

Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revild you

there. Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in adversity:

Ant. E. Did not her kitchen maid rail, taunt,

and scorn me? Off. Good now, hold thy tongue. Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold bis

Dro. E. Certes, she did; the kitchen-yeshands.

tal scorn'd you. Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain !

Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from Dro. E. I would I were senseless, Sir, that

thence? I might not feel your blows.

Dro. E. In verity you did ;—my bones bear Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but

witness, blows, and so is an ass.

That since have felt the vigour of his rage. Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove

Adr. Is't good to soothe him in these conit by my long ears. I have serv'd him from

traries? the hour of nativity to this instant, and have Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his nothing at his hands for my service, but blows:

vein, when I am cold, he heats me with beating : And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy. when I am warm, he cools me with beating : Ant. E. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith I am waked with it, when I sleep; raised with

to arrest me. it, when I sit ; driven out of doors with it, Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, when I go from home; welcomed home with By Dromio here, who came in haste for it. it, when I return: nay, I bear it on my should- Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good-will ers, as a beggar wont her brat; and, I think,

you might, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it But surely, master, not a rag of money. from door to door.

Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse

of ducats? Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the COURTEZAN, with Pinch, and others.

Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it.

Luc. And I am wituess with her, that she Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming

did. yonder.

Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your

witness, end; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, That I was sent for nothing but a rope! Beware the rope's end.

Pinch. Mistress, both manand master is posAnt. E. Wilt thou still talk?

[Beats him.

sessd : Cour. How say you now? is not your hus- 1 know it by their pale and deadly looks : band mad?

They must be bound, and laid in some dark Adr. His incivility confirms no less.-Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; Establish him in his true sepse again,

Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me

forth to-day, And I will please you what you will demand. Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks! And why dost thou deny the bag of gold?

* Fellow. Correct them all.

A corruption of the French oath-pardieu. # Without a fable.

Certainly.

room.

come near me.

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 ;

Off. Away, they'll kill us. But I confess, Sir, that we were lock'd out.

(Ereunt OFFICBR, ADR. and Luc. Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false Ant. S. l see these witches are afraid of in both.

swords. Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, not 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 stuffs But with these nails l'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

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. S. 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

[Escent jailer, thou. I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them

ACT V.
To make a rescue?

SCENE 1.—The same.
Offi Masters, let him go;
He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him.

Enter MERCHANT and ANGELO.
Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is trantic too.

Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish* offiHast thou delight to see a wretched man [cer? Bu, i protest, he had the chain of me, (you ;

Ang. I am sorry, Sir, that I have hinder'd 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 Igo from thee:

Ang. Ol very reverent reputation, Sir, Bear me forthwith unto his creditor, [it. Of credit infinite, highly belovod, 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!

.uer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he Ant. E. O most unhappyt strumpet!

walks. Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond tur you.

Enter ANTIPROLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse. Ant. E. Out on thee villain! wherefore dost thou mad me?

Ang 'Tis so: and that self chain about his Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be which he foreswore, most monstrously, to have.

neck, Good master, cry, the devil.-Luc. God help, poor souls

, how idly do they Good Sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him. talk !

[ble;

Signior Antipholus, I wonder much Adr. Go bear him hence.-Sister, go you

That you would put me to this shame and trouwith me.

And not without some scandal to yourself,

With circumstance, and vaths, so to deny [Ereunt Pinch and assistants with Ant.

This chain, which now you wear so openly: and DRO. Say now whose suit is he arrested at ?

Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith ; do you know You have done wrong to this my honest friend; him?

Who, but for staying on our controversy, Adr. I know the man : What is the sum he Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day : owes?

This chain you had of me, can you deny it? Ofi. Two hundred ducats.

Ant. S. I think, I had; I never did deny it. Adr. Say, how grows it due ?

Mer. Yes, that you did, Sir; and foreswore

it too. Offi. Due for a chain, your husband had o him.

Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or for

swear it? Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but hau it not.

Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did

hear thee : Cour. When as your husband, all in rage. Fie on thee, wretch ! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st

to-day Came to my house, and took away my ring,

To walk where any honest men resort. (The ring I saw upon his finger now,)

Ant. S, Thou art a villain, to impeach me

thus: Straight alter, did I meet him with a chain. Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it :

I'll prove mine honour, and my honesty Come, jailer, bring me where the goldsmith us,

Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. I long to know the truth hereof at large.

Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.

[They draw Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, COURTEZAN, and drawn, and Dromio of Syracuse.

others. Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose

Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; bd again.

is mad:

you hither?

Some get within him," take his sword away: Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?
Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof...
Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake, Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
take a house.

Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. This is some priory ;-In, or we are spoil'd. Ard. Then, let your servants bring my hus[ Exeunt Antiph. and Drumio to the Priory.

band forth. Enter the ABBESS.

Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanc

tuary, Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng And it shall privilege him from our hands, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband Or lose my labour in assaying it.

Till I have brought him to his wits again, hence :

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. Abb. How long hath this possession held with wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy

Till I have us'd the approved means i have, the man ! Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, To make of him a formal man again :*

prayers, and sad,

It is a branch and parcelt of mine oath, And much, much different from the man he A charitable duty o my order; But, till this afternoon, his passion was; Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Ne'er bruke into extremity of rage. Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by And illit doth beseem your holiness, [bere;

Aut. I will not hence, and leave my husband wreck at sea ?

To separate the husband and the wise. Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his

Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not Stray'd bis affection in unlawful love? (eye

have him.

[Exit. ABBESS. A sin prevailing much in youthful men, Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indig. Who gave their eyes the liberty oi 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, sume love, that drew him oft from And never rise until my tears and prayers hoine.

Have won his grace to come in person bither, Abb. You should for that have reprehended And take perforce my husband from the Abhim.

bess Adr. Why, so I did.

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five: Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.

Anvn I am sure, the duke himself in person Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let comes this way t the melancholy vale :

The place of death and sorryt execution, Abb. Haply, in private.

Behind the ditches of the abbey here. Adr. And in assemblies too.

Ang Upon what cause ? Abb. 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 fo: my urging it ; Beheaded publicly for his offence. Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

Ang See where they come; we will bebold 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

abbey. was 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 oth r officers. It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by tby rail

Duk. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, ing:

Iiany friend will pay the sum for bim, And thereof comes it that his head is light.

He shall not die, so much we tender him. Tbou say'st, his meat was suuc'd with thy up

Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the braidings:

Abbess! Unquiet meals make ill digestions,

Ditke. She is a virtuous and a reverendlady; Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;

It cannot be, thai 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, Sweet recreation barr’d, what doth epsue,

At your importantg letters,--this ill day But moody and dull melancholy,

A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; (Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ;) That desperately he hurried through the street And, at her heel , a huge infectious troop

(With bim bis 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 rush ng in their houses, bearing thence To be disturb’d, would mad or man, or beas! :i ings, jewels, any thing his rage did like. The consequence is then, thy jealous fits Unce did I get him bound, and sent him home, Have scar'd thy husband from these of wits.

Vhilst to take order|| for the wrongs I went, iuc. She never reprehended him but mildiy,

That here and there his fury had committed. When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and

Anon, I wots not by what strong escape, wildly, 1.e. Close grapple with him.

* !. e. To bring him back to his senses. † Part. Sad,

Importvaate. || 1. e. To take measures.

1 Koow. tie. Go into a bouse. * The theme,

me.

Sworn.

He broke from those that had the guard of Ant. E. This day, great dake, she shut the him;

doors upon me, And, with his mad attendant and himself, While she with harlots* feasted in'my house. Each one with ireful passion, with drawn Duke. A grievous fault; Say, woman, did'st swords,

thou so? Met us again, and, madlý bent on us,

Adr. No, my good lord ;-myself, he, and my Chas'd us away; till raising of more aid,

sister, We came again to bind them: then they fed To-day did dine together: So befall my soul, Into this abbey, whether 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 ou 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. O perjur'd woman! they are both for Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy comLet 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 distuib'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'u me out this day from dinner: To do him all the grace and good I could.- That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate,

her, 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,
Enter a SERVANT.

Promising to bring it to the Porcupine,
Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save

Where Balthazar and I did dine together. yourself!

Our dinner done, and he not coming thither, My master and his man are both broke loose, I went to seek him: in the street I met him; Beaten the maids a-row,* and bound the doc- And in his company, that gentleman (down, tor,

There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me whose beard they have singed off with brands That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, of fire ;

Which, God he knows, I saw not : for the And ever as it blazed, they threw on him He did arrest me with an officer. (which Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair: I did obey; and sent my peasant home My master preaches patience to him, while For certain ducats: he with none return'd. His man with scissars nicks himţ like a fool : Then tairly I bespoke the officer, And, sure, unless you send some present help, To go in person with me to my house. Between them they will kill the conjurer. By the way we met Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man My wife, her sister, and a rabble more are here ;

Of vile confederates ; along with them And that is false thou dost report to us. They brought one Pinch; a hungry lean-fac'è

Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; A mere anatomy, a mountebank, (villain, I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it. A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller; He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, To scorch your face, and to disfigure you: A living dead man : this pernicious slave,

[Cry within. Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer; Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress; fly, be gone. And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse, Duke Come, stand by me, fear nothing : And with no face, as 'tweré, outfacing me, Guard with halberts.

Cries out, I was possess’d: then altogether Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you, They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence; That he is borne about invisible :

And in a dark and dankish vault at home Even now we hous'd him in the abbey here ; There left me and my man, both bound togeAnd now he's there, past thought of human

ther;

Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dronio of Ephesus. I gain'd my freedom, and immediately Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, Ran hither to your grace: whom I beseech grant me justice !

To give me ample satisfaction Even for the service that long since I did thee, For these deep shames and great indignities. When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness Deep scars to save thy life: even for the blood

with him ; That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. That he din'd not at home but was lock'd out, Age. Unless the fear of death doth make Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no me dote,

Ang. He had, my lord; and when he ran in I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio,

here, Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that These people saw the chain about his neck. womam there.

Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of She whom thou giv'st to me to be my wife;

mine That hath abused and dishonour'd me. Heard you confess you had the chain of him, Even in the strength and heighth of injury ! After you first foreswore it on the mart, Beyond imagination is the wrong,

And thereupon I drew my sword on you; That she this day hath shameless thrown on me. And then you fed into this abbey here, Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me From whence, I think you are come by miracle. just.

Ant. E. I never came within these abbey * !. e. Successively, one after another.

walls, II... Cuts bis hair close.

* Harlot was a term of reproach applied to checals among mea as well as to wantons among wonen.

reason.

the city,

[ly:

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!

son, And this is false, you burden me withal. Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in

this! 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 Syracussa in my life. been ;

Duke. I tell thee, Syracussan, twenty years If he were mad, he would not plead so cold- Have I been patron to Antipholos, You say he dined at home; the goldsmith here During which time he n'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 Syracusan. that ring Ant. E. 'Tis true, my leige, this ring had I

Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much of her. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey

wrong'd.

(All gather to see him.

Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes de here?

ceive me. Cour. As gure, my leige, 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 (Exit an Attendanı.

away. Æge. Most mighty duke, 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 bouud him, I will loose his Æge. Is not your name, Sir, callid Anti

bonds, pholus ?

And gain a husband by his liberty :And is not that your bondman Dromio ?

Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man
Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, That had'st a wife once call'd Æmilia,
Sir,

That bore thee at a burden two fair sons:
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords; | O, 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 ;

If thou art she, tell me, where is that son Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, Sir, by That floated with thee on the fatal rast? you;

Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I, For lately we were bound as you are now. And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; 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. What then became of them, I cannot tell; Æge. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you 1, 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

right;* 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, JÆge. 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 ; Ant. $. No, Sir, not I; I came from Syracuse. and whatsoever a man denies, you are now Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which bound to belive him.

is which Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extre- Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gra. mity!

(tongue,

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 most Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares?

famous warrior Though now this grained face of mine be hid Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. In sap-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.
My wasting lamp some fading glimmer left, Adr. And are you not my husband ?
My dull deaf ears a little use to hear :

Ant. E. No, I say nay to that.
All these old witnesses (I cannot err,)

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. E. I never saw my father in my life.

Did call me brother:- What I told you then, JEge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, I hope, I shall have leisure to make good; boy,

If this be not a dream, I see, and hear. * Confounded. † Alteration of features. • The morning story is what Ægeon leils the Duke

me.

Furrowed, lined.

the first scene of this play.

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