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Ant. S. Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell ?
Sleeping or waking? mad, or, well-advis'd ?
Known unto these, and to myself disguis'd !
I'll say as they say, and perséver so,
And in this mist at all adventures go.

Dro. S. Master, shall I be porter at the gate ?
Adr, Ay; and let none enter, lest I break your

pate. Luc. Come, come, Antipholus, we dine too late.


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Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, DROMIO of

Ephesus, ANGELO, and BALTHAZAR. Ant. E. Good Signior Angelo, you must excuse

us all; My wife is shrewish, when I keep not hours : Say, that I linger'd with you at your shop, To see the making of her carkanet', And that to-morrow you will bring it home. But here's a villain, that would face me down He met me on the mart; and that I beat him. And charg’d him with a thousand marks in gold, And that I did deny my wife and house :Thou drunkard, thou, what didst thou mean by this ?

9 A necklace strung with pearls.

Dro. E. Say what you will, sir, but I know what

I know : That you

beat me at the mart, I have your hand to

show : If the skin were parchment, and the blows you gave

were ink, Your own handwriting would tell you what I think.

Ant. E. I think, thou art an ass.
Dro. E.

Marry, so it doth appear
By the wrongs I suffer, and the blows I bear.
I should kick, being kick'd ; and, being at that pass,
You would keep from my heels, and beware of an


Ant. E. You are sad, Signior Balthazar : 'Pray

heaven, our cheer May answer my good will, and your good welcome

here. Bal. I hold your dainties cheap, sir, and your

welcome dear. Ant. E. O, Signior Balthazar, either at flesh or

fish, A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty

dish. Bal. Good meat, sir, is common; that

affords. Ant. E. And welcome more common; for that's

nothing but words. Bal. Small cheer, and great welcome, makes a

every chur]

merry feast.

Ant. E. Ay, to a niggardly host, and more sparing

guest : But though my cates' be mean, take them in good

part; Better cheer may you have, but not with better

heart. But, soft ; my door is lock'd: Go bid them let us in.

· Dishes of meat.

Dro. E. Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely, Gillian,

Jen'! Dro. S. [Within.] Mome', malt-horse, capon,

coxcomb, idiot, patch 3 ! Either get thee from the door, or sit down at the

hatch: Dro. E. What patch is made our porter? My

master stays in the street. Dro. S. Let him walk from whence he came, lest

he catch cold on's feet. Ant. E. Who talks within there ? ho, open the

door. Dro. S. Right, sir, I'll tell you when, an you'll

tell me wherefóre. Ant. E. Wherefore ? for my dinner; I have not

din'd to-day. Dro. S. Nor to-day here you must not; come

again, when you may. Ant. E. What art thou, that keep’st me out from

the house I owe + ? Dro. S. The porter for this time, sir, and

my name is Dromio. Dro. E. O villain, thou hast stolen both mine

office and my name; The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle

blame. If thou had'st been Dromio to-day in my place, Thou would’st have chang'd thy face for a name, or

thy name for an ass. Luce. [Within.] What a coil is there ? Dromio,

who are those at the gate ? Dro. E. Let my master in, Luce. Luce.

Faith no; he comes too late ; And so tell your master. Dro. E.

O Lord, I must laugh:

3 Fool.

2 Blockhead. 4 I own, am owner of..

5 Bustle, tumult.

Have at you with a proverb:

Shall I set in my staff ? Luce. Have at you with another : that's,- -When?

can you tell ? Dro. S. If thy name be call'd Luce, Luce, thou

hast answer'd him well. Ant. E. Do you hear, you minion ? you'll let us

in, I hope ? Luce. I thought to have ask'd you. Dro. S.

And you said, no. Dro. E. So, come, help ; well struck ; there was

blow for blow.
Ant. E. Thou baggage, let me in.


tell for whose sake ? Dro. E. Master, knock the door hard. Luce.

Let him knock till it ake, Ant. E. You'll cry for this, minion, if I beat the

door down. Luce. What needs all that, and a pair of stocks in

the town? Adr. [Within.] Who is that at the door, that

keeps all this noise ? Dro. S. By my troth, your town is troubled with

unruly boys. Ant. E. Are you there, wife? you might have

come before. Adr. Your wife, sir knave! go, get you from the

door. Dro. E. If you went in pain, master, this knave

would Ang. Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome; we

would fain have either. Bal. In debating which was best, we shall partó

with neither. Dro. E. They stand at the door, master ; bid them

go sore.

welcome hither.

Take part.

Ant. E. There is something in the wind, that we

cannot get in. Dro. E. You would say so, master, if your gar

ments were thin. Your cake here is warm within; you stand here in

the cold : It would make a man mad as a buck, to be so bought

and sold. Ant. E. Go, fetch me something, I'll break ope Dro. S. Break any breaking here, and I'll break


knave's pate. Dro. E. Here's too much, out upon thee! I pray

thee, let me in. Dro. S. Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and fish

have no fin. Ant. E. Well, I'll break in; Go, borrow me a

the gate.


Dro. E. A crow without a feather; master, mean

you so ?

For å fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a

feather : If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck a crow to

gether. Ant. E. Go, get thee gone, fetch me an iron

Bal. Have patience, sir; 0, let it not be so;
Herein you war against your reputation,
And draw within the


of suspect The unviolated honour of

wife. Once this, — Your long experience of her wisdom, Her sober virtue, years, and modesty, Plead on her part some cause to you And doubt not, sir, but she will well excuse Why at this time the doors are made against you. Be rul'd by me; depart in patience, And let us to the Tiger all to dinner :



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