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Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer?
Hast thou delight to see a wretched man
Do outrage and displeasure to himself?

Off

. He is my prisoner; if I let him go, The debt he owes will be required of me. Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I

from thee;

go
Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,
And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it.
Good master doctor, see him safe conveyed
Home to my house.—0 most unhappy day!

Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet!
Dro. E. Master, I am here entered in bond for you.
Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! Wherefore dost thou

mad me? Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? Be mad, Good master; cry, the devil.

Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk ! Adr. Go, bear him hence.—Sister, go you with [Exeunt Pinch and Assistants, with Ant.

and DRO. Say now, whose suit is he arrested at?

Of. One Angelo, a goldsmith. Do you know him? Adr. I know the man.

What is the sum he owes ? Off. Two hundred ducats. Adr.

Say, how grows it due ? Off. Due for a chain your husband had of him. Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it

Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to-day Came to my house, and took away my ring, (The ring I saw upon his finger now,) Straight after, did I meet him with a chain.

Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it.Come, jailer, bring me where the goldsmith is; I long to know the truth hereof at large.

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1 Unhappy for unlucky, i. e. mischievous.

Enter Antipholus of Syracuse, with his rapier drawn,

and Dromio of Syracuse. Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's call more

help, To have them bound again. Off Away, they'll kill us.

[Exeunt Officer, Adr., and Luc. Ant. S. I see, these witches are afraid of swords. Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now ran

from you.

Ant. S. Come to the Centaur ; fetch our stuff from

thence. I long that we were safe and sound aboard.

Dro. S. Faith, stay here this night; they will surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us fair, give us gold. Methinks they are such a gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh that claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to stay here still, and turn witch.

Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the town; Therefore away, to get our stuff

aboard. [Exeunt.

ACT V.

SCENE I. The same.

Enter Merchant and ANGELO.
Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have hindered you;
But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.

Mer. How is the man esteemed here in the city ?

1 i. e. baggage. Stuff is the genuine old English word for all movables.

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Ang. Of very reverend reputation, sir,
Of credit infinite, highly beloved,
Second to none that lives here in the city ;
His word might bear my wealth at any time.

Mer. Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks.

Enter AntiPHOLUS and Dromio of Syracuse.
Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck,
Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have.
Good sir, draw near to me; I'll speak to him.
Seignior Antipholus, I wonder much
That you would put me to this shame and trouble ;
And not without some scandal to yourself,
With circumstance, and oaths, so to deny
This chain, which now you wear so openly.
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
You have done wrong to this my honest friend ;
Who, but for staying on our controversy,
Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day.
This chain you had of me ; can you deny it?

Ant. S. I think I had; I never did deny it.
Mer. Yes, that you did, sir; and forswore it too.
Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it?
Mer. These ears of mine, thou know'st, did hear

thee.
Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st
To walk where any honest men resort.

Ant. S. Thou art a villain to impeach me thus.
I'll prove mine honor and mine honesty
Against thee presently, if thou dar’st stand.
Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.

[They draw. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, Courtesan, and others. Adr. Hold; hurt him not, for God's sake; he is

mad;

Some get within him,' take his sword away;
Bind Dronnio too, and bear them to my house.

I i. e. close, grapple with him.

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Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake, take a

house. This is some priory ;-in, or we are spoiled.

(Exeunt Antiph. and Dro. to the priory.

Enter the Abbess.

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Abb. Be quiet, people ; wherefore throng you hither?

Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence.
Let us come in, that we may bind him fast,
And bear him home for his recovery.

Ang. I knew he was not in his perfect wits.
Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him.
Abb. How long hath this possession held the man?

Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad,
And much different from the man he was ;
But, till this afternoon, his passion
Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck of sea? Buried some dear friend ? Hath not else his

eye
Strayed his affection in unlawful love?
A sin prevailing much in youthful men,
Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
Which of these sorrows is he subject to ?

Adr. To none of these, except it be the last;
Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home.

Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Adr. Why, so I did.
Abb.

Ay, but not rough enough.
Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let me.
Abb. Haply, in private.
Adr.

And in assemblies too.
Abb. Ay, but not enough.

Adr. It was the copy of our conference.
In bed, he slept not for my urging it;
At board, he fed not for my urging it;

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1 i. e. go into a house: we still say that a dog takes the water.

2 Copy in the present instance is probably copie, plenty, copious source, an old Latinism, many times used by Ben Jonson. The word is spelled copie in the folio; and in King Henry V., where it means pattern, example, it is spelled copy.

Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
In company, I often glanced it;
Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was mad.
The venom clamors of a jealous woman
Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.
It seems his sleeps were hindered by thy railing;
And thereof comes it that his head is light.
Thou say'st his meat was sauced with thy upbraidings;
Unquiet meals make ill digestions,
Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;
And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
Thou say'st his sports were hindered by thy brawls;
Sweet recreation barred, what doth ensue,
But moody and dull melancholy,
(Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair,)
And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop
Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?
In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest,
To be disturbed, would mad or man or beast;
The consequence is, then, thy jealous fits
Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.

Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, When he demeaned himself rough, rude, and wildly. Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?

Ádr. She did betray me to my own reproof.-
Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
Abb. No, not a creature enters in my

house. Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husband forth

Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary,
And it shall privilege him from your hands,
Till I have brought him to his wits again,
Or lose my labor in assaying it.

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
And will have no attorney' but myself;
And therefore let me have him home with me.

Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir,
Till I have used the approved means I have,

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