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Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not

mad. Adr. O that thou wert not, poor, distressed soul ! Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your custom



Did this companion with a saffron face

2 Revel and feast it at my house to-day, Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, And I denied to enter in my house? Adr. O husband, God doth know you dined at

home, Where 'would, you had remained until this time, Free from these slanders, and this open shame! 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


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 wit

ness, 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.

Ani. E. Thou hast suborned the goldsmith to arrest 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


1 "A customer was a familiar, an intimate, a customary haunter of any place."

2 Companion is a word of contempt, anciently used as we now use fellou. 3 A corruption of the common French oath, par dieu.

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might, But, surely, master, not a rag


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

ducats ? Adr. He came to me, and I delivered it. Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did.

Dro. E. God and the rope-maker bear me witness, That I was sent for nothing but a rope !

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

Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all;
And art confederate with a damned pack,
To make a loathsome, abject scorn of me;
But with these nails I'll pluck out these false eyes,
That would behold in me this shameful sport.

[Pinch and his Assistants bind Ant. and Dro. Adr. 0, bind him, bind him ; let him not come near


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,

I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them
To make a rescue ?

Masters, let him go;
He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him.

Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too.

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;
Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,
And, knowing how the debt

I will


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 Punch and Assistants, with Ant.

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

Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith. Do you know him?
Adr. I know the man. What is the sum he owes ?
Off. Two hundred ducats.

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


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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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.



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.

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

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'I 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 Promio too, and bear them to my house.

1 i. e. close, grapple with him.

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