« PreviousContinue »
Master, be wise; an if you give it her,
Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain;
Ant. S. Avaunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, let us go. Dro. S. Fly pride, says the peacock. Mistress, that you know.
[Exeunt Ant. and Dro. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad; Else would he never so demean himself. A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats, And for the same he promised me a chain; Both one, and other, he denies me now. The reason that I gather he is mad, (Besides this present instance of his rage,) Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner, Of his own doors being shut against his entrance. Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits, On purpose shut the doors against his way. My way is now to hie home to his house, And tell his wife, that, being lunatic, He rushed into my house, and took perforce My ring away. This course I fittest choose; For forty ducats is too much to lose.
SCENE IV. The same. Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and an Officer. Ant. E. Fear me not, man; I will not break away; I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for. My wife is in a wayward mood to-day, And will not lightly trust the messenger, That I should be attached in Ephesus. I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears.
Enter DROMIO of Ephesus, with a rope's end.
Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay them all.
Dro. E. To a rope's end, sir; and to that end am I returned.
18 an ass.
Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome you.
[Beating him. Off. Good sir, be patient. Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in adversity. Off. Good now, hold thy tongue. Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his hands. Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain!
Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I might not feel your blows.
Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so
Dro. E. I am an ass indeed; you may prove it by my long ears. I have served him from the hour of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service, but blows. When I am cold, he heats me with beating; when I am warm, he cools me with beating; I am waked with it, when I sleep; raised with it, when I sit; driven out of doors with it, when I go from home; welcomed home with it, when I return. Nay, I bear it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat; and, I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from door to door. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the Courtesan, with PINCH,
and others. Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming yonder.
Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your end; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, Beware the rope's end. Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ?
[Beats him. Cour. How say you now? is not your husband mad?
Adr. His incivility confirms no less.-
Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks!,
Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, housed within this man,
Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not mad.
Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut,
Adr. O husband, God doth know you dined at home,
Ant. E. Dined at home! Thou villain, what say'st thou! Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at home. Ant. E. Were not my doors locked up, and I shut out? Dro. E. Perdy, your doors were locked, and you shut
out. Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there? Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself reviled you there. Ant. E. Did not her kitchen maid rail, taunt, and scorn
me ? Dro. E. Certes, she did ; the kitchen-vestal scorned
you. Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from thence ?
Dro. E. In verity you did ; - my bones bear witness, That since have felt the vigor of his rage.
Adr. Is’t good to soothe him in these contraries?
Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein, And, yielding to him, humors well his frenzy.
Ant. E. Thou hast suborned the goldsmith to arrest me.
Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, By Dromio here, who came in haste for it.
Dro. E. Money by me! Heart and good-will you might, But, surely, master, not a rag of money.
Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of ducats ?
Dro. E. God and the rope-maker bear me witness,
Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is possessed ; I know it by their pale and deadly looks. They must be bound, and laid in some dark room.
Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth to-day, And why dost thou deny the bag of gold?
Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth.
Dro. E. And, gentle master, I received no gold; But I confess, sir, that we were locked out.
Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false in both.
Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all;
[Pinch and his Assistants bind Ant. and Dro. Adr. O, bind him, bind him; let him not come near me. Pinch. More company ;-the fiend is strong within him. Luc. Ah me, poor man, how pale and wan he looks!
Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou jailer, thou,
Masters, let him go;
Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too.
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer ?
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 go from thee;
Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet!
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 me.
[Exeunt Pinch and Assistants, with Ant. and Dro. Say now, whose suit is he arrested at?
Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith. Do you know him?
Say, how grows it due ?
Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to-day
Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it.
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. $. I will not stay to-night for all the town; Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. The same.
Enter Merchant and ANGELO.
Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have hindered you;
Mer. How is the man esteemed here in the city ?
Ang. Of very reverend reputation, sir,
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse.