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S. Ant. Araunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, fom'd home with it, when I return: nay, I bear
it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont lier brat; S. Dro. Fly pride, says the peacock: Mistress, and, I think, when he hath Tam’d me, I shall beg.
that you know [Ex. Ant. and Dro. with it from door to door. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholis is mad, 5 Enter Adriunii, Luciana, and the Courtezun, with Else would he never su demean himself:
a schoolmuster cullid much, and others. A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats,
E. Ant. Come, go along; my wife is coming And for the same he promis’d me a chain ;
yonder. Both one, and other, he denies me now.
E. Dro: Mistress, respice finem, re«pect your The reason that I gather he is mad,
10 end; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, (Besides this present instance of his rage) Beware the rope's-enil. Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner,
E. dut. Wilt thou still talk? [Beats Dro. of his own doors being shut against his entrance. Cour. How say you now? is not your husband Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits,
Adr. Ilis incivility confirms no les-:- (mad ? On purpose shut the doors against his way. 15 Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; My way is now, to hie home io bis house, Establish him in his true sense again, And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,
And I will please you what you wil demand. He rush'd into my house, and took perforce Luc. Ala, bow tiery and how sharp he looks! My ring away: This course I fittest chuse; Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his ecstasy! For forty ducats is too much to lose. [Erit.20 Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel SCENE IV,
[ear, E. Ant. There is my hand, and let it feel your The Street.
Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous’d within this Enter Antipholis of Ephesus, with a Jailor. To yield possession to my holy prayers, [man, E. Ant. Fear me not, man, I will not break away; 25 and to thy state of darkness hie thee strait; I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. [mad. To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.
E. ant. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not My wife is in a wayward mood to-day;
Adr.Oh,that thou wert not, poor distressed soul! And will not lightly trust the messenger,
E. Ant. You minion, you, are these your cusThat I should be attach'd in Ephesus:
30 Did this companion with the saliion face [tomers? I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears.
Revel and feast it at my house to-day, Enter Dromio of Ephesus, with a rope's-end.
Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, Here comes my man; I think he brings the money.
And I deny'd to enter in my house? How now, sir? have you that I sent you for?
Adr. Oh, husband, God doth know, you din'd E.Dro. Here's that, I warrant you will pay them 35 at home, E. Ant. But where's the money? [all. Where 'would you had remain’d until this time, E.Dro. Why, sir, I gave the money for the rope.
Free from these slanders and this open shame! E. Ant. Five hundredducats, villain, for a rope? E. ant. Din'd I at home? Thou villain, what E. Dro. I'll serve you,sir, tivehundred at the rate.
[home. E. Ant. Towhat end did I bid thee hie thee home: 40 E, Dro. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at
E. Dro. To a rope's-end, sir; and to that end E. Ant. Were not my dvors lock'd up, and I am I return'd.
[you shut out. E. Ant. And to that end, sir, I will welcome E. Dro. Perdy, your doors were lock’d, and you.
[Beats Dromio. E. Ant. And did not she herselfrevile me there? Offi. Good sir, be patient.
45 E. Dro. Sans fable, she herselirevil'd you there. E. Dro. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am
E. Ant. Did not her hitchen-maid rail, taunt, in adversity.
and scorn me? Offi. Good now, hold thy tongue.
E. Dro. Certes', she did; the kitchen vestal E, Dro. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his
scoru'd you. hands.
50 E. Ant. And did not lin rage depart from thence? E. Ant. Thou whoreson, senseless villain ! E. Dro. In verity you did; iny bones bear witness, E. Dro. I would I were senseless, sir, that I
That since have felt the vigour of his rage. might not feel your blows.
Adr. Is 't good to sooth him in these contraries? E. ant. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, Pinch. It is no slame; the fellow finds his vein, and so is an ass.
55 And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy. E. Dro. I am an ass, indeed: you may prove it,
E. Ant. Thou hast suborn’d the goldsmith to arret by my long ears. I have serv'd him from the hour Adr. Alas, I sent you money tv redeem yoni, [me. of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at By Dromio here, i ho caminbaste for it. (might, his hands for my service, but blows: when I am E. Dro. Money by me: Ileart and good will you cold, he heats me with beating ; when I am warm, 60 But, surely, master, not a rag of money. [ducăts ? he cools me with beating ; I am wak'd with it,
É. Ant. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of when I sleep; rais’d with it, when I sit; driven Adr. He came to me, and I deliverdit. out of doors with it, when I go from home; well Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did.
! That is, certainly.
come near me,
E. Dro. God, and the rope-maker, bear me E. Dro. Will you be bound for nothing be mad, That I was sent for nothing but a rope! (witveis, Good master ; cry, the devil.--
tik! Pinch. Mistress, both manandmasterispossess'u; Luc. God he p, poor souls, how idly do they I know it by their pale and deadly looks:
Adr. Gobearhimnence. Sister, go you with me. They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. 5 [Excunt Pinch, Antipholis, Dromin, sc.
E. Ant. Sav, wherefore didst thou lock me forth Sav now, whose suit is he arrested at? [him? And why dost thou deny the bag of gold? (to-day, Oji
. One Angelo, a go'dsmith; do you know Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth. Ädr. I know the man: What is the sum he E.Dro. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no golei; Olli. Two hundred ducats.
(owes? · But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out. (both. 10 Adr. Say, how grows it due? Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st fa se in
Olji. Due tor a chain, your husband had of himn. E. Ant. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in Adr. Ile didi bespeak a chain for me, but had And art contederate with a damned pack,
[day To make a loathsome abject scorn of me: [eves,
Cour. Whun as your husband all in rage tua But with these nails l'il pluck out these false 15 Came to my house, and took away my ring, That would behold me in this shameful sport. (The ring I saw upon his finger now) Enter 3 or 4, and offer to bind him: he strikes. Strait after, did I meet him with a chain. Air. Oh, bind him, bind him, let him not Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it.
[in him. Come, jailor, bring me where the goldsmith is, Pinch. More company;--thefiend is strongwith-20 1 long to know the truth hereof at large. Luc. Ay m«, poor man, how pale and wan hel Enter Antipholis of Syracuse, ruith his rapien looks!
druien, und Drömio of Syracuse. E. Ant. What will you murder me: Thou jailor. Luc. Goul, for thy mercy! they are loose again. I am thy prisoner; wilt thou sutier them
Adr. And come with naked swords; let's call To make a rescue?
more help, Ofi. Masters, let him go:
To have them bound again. Le is my prisoner, and you shall not have him. Olli. Away, they'll kill us. [They run out.
Pin l. Go, bind this iman, for he is frantic too. Manent Antiphilis and Dromio.
Adr. Wbat wilt thou do, thou peevish' officer : S. Ant. I see these witches are afraid of swords. Hast thou delight to see a wretched man 30 S. Dro. She, that would be your wife, now ran Do outrage and displeasure to himself?
off. He is my prisoner; if I let him go, S. Ant. Come to the Centaur ; fetch our stuff The debt he owes will be requir’d of me.
from thence: Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,
35 S. Dro. Faith, stay here this night, they will [They bind Antipholis and Dromio. surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay
it. fair, give us gold: metlinks, they are such a gentle Good master doctor, see bim safe.convey'd nation, that but for the mountain of madnesh Home to my house. -Oh, most unhappy day! that claims marriage of me, I could find in my E. Ant. Oh, most unhappy strumpet! (you. 40 heart to stay here still
, and turn witch. E. Dro. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for S. Ant. I will not stay to-night for all the town; E. Ant. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost Therefore away to get our stuif aboard. thou mad me?
A CT V.
Mor. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, be walks. A Street, before a Priory.
Enter Antipholis and Dromio of Syracuse,
Ang: "Tis so; and that selt chain about his neck, Enter the Merchant and Angelo.
Which lie forswore, most monstrously, to have. Ang. IAM sorry, sir, that I have hainder'd you; 35 Good sir, craw near to me, I'll speak to him.
But, I protest, he had the chain of me, Signior Antipholis, I wonder much Though most dishonestly be doth deny it. [city : That you would put me to this shame and trouble;
Mr. How is the man esteem'd here in the And not without some scandal to yourself,
Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir: With circunstance, and oaths, so to deny Of credit intimite, highly belov'd,
60 This chain, which now you wear so openly: Secoud to none that lives here in the city; Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Ilis word might bear my wealth at any time. You have done wrong to this my honest friend;
* Foolish. * Unhappy here signifies mischierous.
Who Who, but for staying on our controversy, Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day:
It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing: This chain you had of me, can you deny it? And theretore comes it, that his head is light.
S. Ant. I think, I had;' I never did deny it. Thou say’st his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraid-
Thou say’st his sports were binder'd by thy brawls:
10 But moody and Jull melancholy, S. Ant. Thou art a villain to impeach me thus: Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ; I'll prove mine honour and my honesty
And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life? Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest
[They druz. 15 To be disturb’d, would mad or man or beast: Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courteran, and others. The consequence is then, thiy jealous tits Adri. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he Have scard thy husband from the use of wits. is mad :
Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, Some get within him, take his sword away:
When he demeau'dhimselfrough,rude and wildly. Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. 20 Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? S. Drv. Run, master, run; for God's sake, Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.take a house.
Goor people, enter, and lay hold on him. This is some priory;-In, or we are spoild. Abb. No, not a creature enter in my house.
[Exeunt to the priory. Adr. Then, let your servants bring my huso Enter Lady Abbess.
band forth. Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng you Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary, hither?
[hence: And it shall privilege bim from your hands, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband Till I have brought him to his wits again, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, Or lose my labour in assaying it. And bear him home for his recovery.
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. Diet bis sickness, for it is my office; Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him. And will have no attorney but myself; Abb. How long hath this possession held the
And therefore let ine have him bome with me. man?
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, Ads. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad, 35 Till I have us’d the approved means I have, And much, much different from the man he was; With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, But, till this afternoon, his passion
To make of him a formal man again :
Abb. Hath he not lost mich wealth by wreck at A charitable duty of my order;
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,
And ill it doth beseem your holiness, [here; Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing. To separate the husband and the wife. [him. Which of these sorrows is he subject to?
Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have Adr. To none of these, except it be the last; 45 Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity. Namely, some love that drew him oft from home.
[Erit Abbess. Abb. You should for that have reprehended Adr. Come, g?; I will fall prostrate at his feet, Adr. Why, so I did.
And never rise until my tears and prayers Abb. Ay, but not rough enough. (me. Have won his grace to come in person hither, Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let 50 And take perforce my husband from the abbess. Abb. Haply in private.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five; Adr. And in assemblies too.
Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Abb. But not enough.
Comes this way to the melancholy vale: Adr. It was the copy' of our conference: The place of death and sorry' execution, In bed, he slept not for my urging it;
155 Behind ditches of the abbey here, At board, he fed not for my urging it;
Ang. Upon what cause ? Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, In company, I often glanc'd at it;
Who put unluckily into this bay
Abb. And therefore came it that the man was 60 Beheaded publickly for his offence. [death. The venom clamours of a jealous woman
Ang. See, where they come; we will bebold his .' That is, the theme, or subject. ? i. e. restored to his senses. Sorry here means lamented, as Egeon was not to be executed for any crine, but by tbe decree to prevent the traffic between Syra. cuse and Ephesus.
Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the To scorch your face, and to disfigure you: abbey.
Cry within Enter the Dicke, and Ægeon bare-h:aded; rith Ilark, hark, I hear him, mistress; fly, begone. the headsmun and other officers.
Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing: Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, 5
Guard with halberds. If any friend will pay the sum for him,
Adr. Ahme, it is my husband! Witness you, He shall not lie, so imuch we tender him.' That he is borne about invisible: Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the Even now we hous’d himn in the abbey here; abbess!
And now he's there,past thought of human reason. Duke. She is a virtuous and reverend lady; 110 Entor Antipholis, and Dromio, of Ephesus. It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. E. Ant. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, grant Adr. May it please your grace,Intipholis, my
me justice! husband,
Even for the service that long since I did thee, Whom I made lord of me and all I had,
When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took At your important' letters,—this ill day 15 Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood A most outrageous fit cf madness took him; That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. That desperately he hurry'd through the street, Aigron. Unless the fear of death doth mahe me (With him his bondman all as mad as he) I see my son Antipholis and Dromio. [dote, Doing displeasure to the citizens,
E. Ant. Justice, sweet prince, against that By rushiag in their houses, bearing thence
woman there, Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like. She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife; Once did I get him bound, and sent him home,
That bath abused and dishonour'd me,
25 That she this day hath shameless thrown on me. He broke from those that had the guard of him: Duke. Discover how and thou shalt sind me just. And, with his maci attendant and hidiselt,
E. Int. This day, great duke,she shut the doors Each one with iretul passion, with drawu swords,
upon me, Met us agam, and, madly bent on us,
Whilst she with harlots' feasted in my house. Chas'd us away; till, raising of more aid, 30 Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman, didst We came again to bind them: then they fled
(sister, Into this abbey, whither we pursu'd them;
Adr. No, my good lord ;--myself, he, and my And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,
To-day did dine together: So betal my soul, And will not suiler us to fetch him out,
As this is false, he burdens me withal ! Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence, 35 Luc. Ne'er may Ilook on day, nor sleep on night, Therefore, most gracious dluke with thycommand, But she tells to your highness simple truth! Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for Aug. () perjur'd women! They are both for. help.
(wars: In this the madman justly chargeth them. [sworn. Duke. Long since thy husband seri'd me in my E. int. My lige, I am advised what I say; And I to thee engag’dla prince's word,
40 Neither disturb'd with the eilect of wine, When thou didst make him master of thy bedl, Nor beády-rash, provok'd with raging ire, To do lim ail the grace and good I could. - Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate, This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner: And bid the lady abbess come to me;
That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with I will determine this, before I stir.
45 Could witness it, for he was with me then, [her, Enter a blessenger.
Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, Mess.O mistress,inistress,shit and save yourself! Promising to bring it to the Porcupine, My master and his man are both broke loose! Where Balthazar and I did dine together. Beaten the maids a row, and bound the doctor, Our dinner done, and he not coming thither, Whose beard they have sing’d off with brands of 50 I went to seek him: in the street I met him; And ever as it blaz’d, they threw on him [tire; And in his company, that gentleman. Great päils of puddled mire to quench the hair: There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me down, My master preaches patience to him, and the That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, His man with scissars nicks him like a fool. [while! Which, God he knows, I saw not: for the which, And, sure, imless you send some present help, 551le did arrest me with an oflicer. Between them they will kill the conjurer. [here; I did obey; and sent my peasant home
Alr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are For certain ducats: he with none return'd. And that is false, thou dost report to us.
Then fairly I bespoke the officer. Vess. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true : To go in person with me to my house, I have not breath'd almost, since I did seit. 60 By the way we met my wife, her sister, and lle cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, Arabble more of vile confederates;
· Perhaps we should read importunate. 2 i. e. to take measures. 3 i. e, one after another, • Hurlois here means circuts.
Along with them
(villain, E. Dro. Ourselves we do remember, şir, by They brought one Pinch; a hungry lean-fac’d For lately we were bound, as you are now. [you; A meer anatomy, a mountebank,
You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir ? A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-telier;
Ægton. Why look you strange on me? you A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, 5
know me well. A living dead-man: this pernicious slave,
E. int. I never saw you in my life, 'till now. Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer;
Ægcon. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you And, gazing in my eyes, feeling my pulse,
saw me last; And with no-face, as it were, out-facing ine, And careful hours, with time's deformed hand Cries out, I was possess'd: then all together 10 Have written strange defeatures in my face: They fell upon me, bound nie, bore me thence; But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? And in a dark and dankish vault at home [ther; E. Ant. Neither. There left me and my man, both bound toge. Egeon. Dromio, nor thou? Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, E. Dro. No, trust me, sir, nor I. I gain'd my freedom, and immediately 15 Ageon. I am sure thou dost. Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech E. Dro. Ay, sir? To give me ample satisfaction
But I am sure, I do not; and whatsoever For these deep shames and great indignities. I man denies, you are now bound to believe him. Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with Egeon. Not know my voice! Oh, time's ex
tremity! That he din'd not at home, but was lock'd out. Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue
Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no? In seven short years, that here my only son ing. He had, my lord: and when he ran in Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares? here,
Though now this grained' face of mine be hid These people saw the chain about his neck. 25 In sap-consuming winter's drizled snow,
Vlor. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine And all the conduits of my blood froze up; Heard you cùniess, you had the chain of him, Yet hath my night of life some memory, After you first forswore it on the mart,
My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left,
E. Ant. I never came within these abbey-walls, E. Ant. I never saw my father in my life.
Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is this! E. Ant. The duke, and all that know ine in I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup. Can witness with me that it is not so; [the city, If here you hous'd him, here he would have been; I ne'er saw Syracusa in my
life. If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly:- Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years You say, he Jin’d at home; the goldsmith here 40 Have I been patron to Antipholis, Denies that saying:-Sirrah, what say you? During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa: E. Dro. Sir, hi din'd with her tere, at the I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote. Porcupine.
[ring. Enter the Abbess, with Antipholis Syracusan, Cour. Hedid; and from my finger snatch'd that
and Dromio Syracusan. E. Ant. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of 45 Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much ber.
wrong' [All gather to see him. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Adr.I seetwo husbands,ormine eyes deceive me. Cour. Assure, my liege, as I do see your grace.
Duke. One of these men is Genius to the other; Duke. Why, this is strange:-Go call the ab- And so of these: Which is the natural man, bess bither;
50 And which the spirit? who deciphers them? I think you are all mated', or stark mad.
S. Dro. I, sir, am Dromio; conimand him away. [Exit one to the Abbess. E. Dro. I, sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay. Ageon. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak S. Ant. Ægeon, art thou not > or else his ghost? Haply, I see a friend, will save my life, [a word; S. Dro. O, my old master! who hath bound And pay the sum that may deliver me.
[bonds, Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt. Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his
Ægeon. Is not your name, sir, call’d Antipholis: And gain a husband by his liberty :-
E. Dro. Within this hour I was his bond-man, That hadst a wife once call'd Æmilia,
Igeon. I am sure, you both of you remember! And speak unto the same Æmilia!