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let us go.
Ant. S. Avoid then, fiend! what tell'st thou me Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold ais of supping ?
bands. Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress :
Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless, villain ! I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone.
Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at might not feel your blows. dinner,
Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd: and so is an ass. And I'll be gone, sii, and noi trouble you.
Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed ; you may prove Dro. S. Some devils ask but the paring of one's it by my long ears. I have served him from the A rush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin, [nail, hour of my nativity to this instant, and have A nut, a cherry-stone: but she, more covetous, nothing at his hands for my service but blows: Would have a chain.
when I am cold, he heats me with beating : when Master, be wise : an' if you give it her, (with it. I am warm, he cools me with beating, I am The devil will shake her chain, and fright us waked with it, when I sleep; raised with it,
Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain: when I sit; driven out of doors with it, when I I hope, you do not mean to cheat
go from home; welcomed home with it, when I Ant. S. Avaunt, thou witch ! come, Dromio, return; nay, I bear it on my shoulders, as a beg
gar wont her brat; and, I think, when he hath Dro. S. Fly pride, says the peacock: mistress, lamed me, I shall beg with it from door to door. that you know.
Enter Adriana, Luciana, and the Courlezun, with [ereunt Ant. S. and Dro. S.
Pinch, and others. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad, Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming Else would he never so demean himself:
yond A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats, Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your And for the same he promis'd me a chain; end; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, Both one, and other, he denies me now.
Beware the rope's end. The reason that I gather he is mad,
Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk? [beats him. (Besides this present instance of his rage,)
Cour. How say you now? is not your husband Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner,
Adr. His incivility confirms no less. — (inad? Of his own doors being shut against bis entrance. Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer ; Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits, Establish him in his true sense again, On purpose shut the doors against his way. And I will please you what you will demand. My way is now, to hie home to his house,
Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks! And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,
Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his extacy! He rush'd into my house, and took perforce, Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me fuel My ring away: this course I fittest choose;
your pulse. For forty ducats is too much to lose. [exit. Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your
[man, Enter Antipholus of Ephesus, and an Officer. Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within this Ant. E. Fear me not, man, I will not break To yield possession to my holy prayers, away ;
And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight; I'll give thee, ere I leave thec, so much money I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. [mad. To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.
Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not My wife is in a wayward mood to-day;
Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul! And will not ligbtly trust the messenger,
Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your That I should be attach'd in Ephesus:
customers? I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears. Did this companion with the saffron face
Enter Dromio of Ephesus, with a rope's end. Revel and feast it at my house to-day, Here comes my man; I think, he brings the money. Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, How now, sir? have you that I sent you for? And I denied to enter in my house ? (home, Dro. E.,
I warrant you, will pay Adr. husband, doth know, Dro. E. Why, sir, I gave the money for the Free from these slanders, and this open shame! rope.
[rope? Ant. E. I din'd at home! thou villain, what Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a
[bome. Dro. E, I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at
(bome? Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee shut out?
(shut out. Dro. E. To a rope's end, sir; and to that end Dro. E Perdy, your doors were lock'd, and you am I return'd.
Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there? Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you there. you.
[bcating hini. Ant. E. Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, Off. Good sir, be patient.
and scorn' me?
(scorn'd you Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am Dro. E. Certes, she did; the kitchen-vestal in adversity
Ant. E. And did not. I in rage depart from Off. Good now, hold thy tongue.
Dnes E Here's here's the money wou wemawhere would you had remain'a until this time,
Dro. E. In verity, you did ;-my bones bear And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it witness,
Good master doctor, see him safe conrey'd That since have felt the vigour of his rage. Home to my house.—0, most unbappy day!
Adr. Is't good to soothe him in these contraries? Ant. E. O, most unhappy strumpet !
Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein, Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy.
you. Ant. E. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith to Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost arrest me.
thou mad me? Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing ? be By Dromio here, who came in haste for it. Good master; cry, the devil. –
(mad, Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good-will Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they you might,
[me. But, surely, master, not a rag of money. [ducats? Adr. Go, bear him hence. --Sister, go you with
Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of [er. Pinch and Assists with Ant. E. and Dro. E. Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it.
Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did. Off
. One Angelo, a goldsmith; do you know him ? Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me wit- Adr. I know the man; what is the sum he That I was sent for nothing but a rope ! [ness, Off. Two hundred ducats.
[owes ? Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is pos- Adr. Say, how grows it due? I know it by their pale and deadly looks. (sess'd : Oft. Due for a chain, your husband had of bim. They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me
it not. forth to-day,
Cour. When as your husband, all in a rage, And why dost thou deny the bag of gold ?
to-day Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth. Came to my house, and took away my ring,
Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold; (The ring I saw upon his finger now) But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out. [both. Straight after, did I meet him with a chain.
Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false in Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it :
Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all; Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is, And art confederate with a damned pack,
I long to know the truth hereof at large. To make a loathsome abject scorn of me:
Enter Antipholus of_Syracuse, with his rapier But with these nails I'll pluck out these false eyes,
drawn ; and Dromio of Syracuse. That would behold me in this shameful sport. Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. [Pinch and his Assistants bind Ant. E. and Dro.E. Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's call Adr. O, bind him, bind birn, let him not come To bave them bound again.
(more help, (within him, Oft. Away, they'll kill us. Pinch. More company ;-the fiend is strong
[ereunt Officer, Adriana, and Luciana. Luc. Ah me, poor man, how pale and wan he Ant. S. I see, these witches are afraid of swords. looks!
[gaoler, thou, Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now Ant. E. What, wilt thou murder me? Thou
ran from you. I am thy prisoner; will you suffer them
Ant. S. Come to the Centaur ; fetch our stuff To make a rescue ?
from thence : Off. Masters, let him go;
I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him. Dro. S. Faith, stay here this night, they will
Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too. surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer? fair, gave us gold: methinks, they are such a Hast thou delight to see a wretched man
gentle nation, that, but for the mountain of mad Do outrage and displeasure to himself?
flesh that claims marriage of me, I could find in Of. He is my prisoner; if I let him go, my heart to stay here still, and turn witch. That debt he owes will be requir'd of me.
Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee; Bear mc forthwith unto his creditor,
Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. [exeunt. ACT V.
Enter Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse. Enter Menchant and Angelo.
Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have binder'd you; Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have. But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.Though most dishonestly he doth deny it. Signior Antipholus, I wonder much,
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the city? | That you would put me to this shame and trouble Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir,
And not without some scandal to yourself, Of credit infinite, highly belov’d,
With circumstance, and oaths, so to deny Second to none that lives here in the city ; This chain, which now you wear so openly; Flis word might bear my wealth at any time. Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he You have done wrong to this my honest friend; walks.
Wao but for staying on our controversy,
SCENE I. THE SAME.
Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day:
Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy op This chain you had of me, can you deny it?
braidings; Ant. S. I think, I had; I never did deny it. Unquiet meals make ill digestions, Mer. Yes, that you did, sir ; and forswore it Thereof the raging fire of fever bred; too.
[it? And what's a fever but a fit of madness? Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear Thou say'st his sports were hinder'd bythy brawls. Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth epsue, hear thee :
But moody and dull welancholy, Fie on thee, wretch ! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st (Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ;) To walk, where any honest men resort.
And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop Ant. S. Thou art a villain, to impeach me thus: Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life? I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty
In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. To be disturb’d, would mad or man, or beast : Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for agvillain. The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
(they draw. Have scarr'd thy husband from the use of wits. Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtezan, und others. Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and is mad:
wildly:Sorne get within him, take his sword away: Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof, — Dro. S. Run, master, run : for God's sake, Good people, enter, and lay hold on him. take a bouse,
Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. This is some priory ;-in, or we are spoil'd.
Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husereunt Antipholus S. and Dromio s. to the
band forth. priory.
Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary, Enter the Abbess.
And it shall privilege hinn from your bands, Abb. Be quiet, people: wherefore throng you Till I have brought him to his wits again, hither?
Or lose my labour in assaying it. Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence: Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, Diet bis sickness, for it is my office, And bear him home for his recovery.
And will have no attorney but myself; Ang. I knew he was not in his perfect wits.
And therefore let me have him home with me. | Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him. Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, Abb. How long hath this possession held the Till I have us'd the approved means I have,
With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, Adr. This week he hath been beavy, sour, sad, To make of him a formal man again ; And much, much different from the man he was; It is a branch and parcel of mine oath, But, till this afternoon, his passion
A charitable duty of my order ; Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.
Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck Adr. I will not berice, and leave my husband at sea ?
here; Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his eye and ill it doth beseem your holiness, Stay'd his efection in unlawful love ?
To separate the husband and the wife. A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,
Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
[exit Abbcss. Which of these sorrows is he subject to?
Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity. Adr. To none of these, except it be the last; Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, Namely, some love, tbat drew him oft from home. And never rise until my tears and prayers
Abb. You should for that have reprehended Have won his grace to come in person hither, Adr. Wby, so I did,
[him. And take perforce my husband from the abbess. Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five: Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let me. Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Abb. Haply, in private.
Comes this way to the melancholy vale, Adr. And in assemblies too.
The place of death and sorry execution
Behind the ditches of the abbey here.
Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan incrchant, At board, he fed not for my urging it;
Who put unluckily into this bay Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
Against the laws and statutes of this town, In company, I often glanc'd it;
Beheaded publicly for his offence. Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.
Ang. See, where they come; we will behold Abb. And thereof came it that the man was mad:
[abbey. The.venom clamours of a jealous woman
Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. Enter Duke, attended; Ægeon, bare-hcadcd; with It seems, bis sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing :
the Headsman' and other Oficers. And thereof comes it, that his head is light. Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly,
If any friend will pay the sum for him,
That he is borne about invisible : He shall not dic, so much we tender him.
Even now we hous'd him in the abbey here; Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, agaiost the And
now he's there, past thought of human reason abbess!
Enter Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus. Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; Ant E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, groni It cannot be, that she bath done thee wrong.
me justice! Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, Even for the service that long since I did thee, my husband,
When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took Whom I made lord of me and all I had,
Deep scars to save thy life ; even for the blood At your important letters,—this ill day
That then I lost for thee, dow grant me justice. A most outrageous fit of madness took him; Ege. Unless the fear of death doth make me That desperately he hurried through the street,
dote, (With him his bondman, all as mad as he,) I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio. Doing displeasure to the citizens
Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that By rushing 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, Whilst to take order for the wrongs, I went, Even in the strength and height of injury ! That here and there his fury had committed. Beyond imagination is the wrong, Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,
That she this day hath shameless thrown on mt. He broke from those that had the guard of him; Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me And, with his mad attendant and himself,
just. Each one with ireful passion, with drawn sworus, Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
doors upon me, Chas'd us away; till, raising of more aid, While she, with barlots, feasted in my house. We came again to bind them : then they fled Duke. A grievous fault : say, woman, didst Into this abbey, whither we pursued them;
[sister, And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,
Adr. No, my good lord ;-myself, he, and my And will not suffer us to fetch him out,
To-day did dine together : so befal my soul, Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence. As this is false, he burdens me withal ! (night, Therefore, most gracious dube, with thy command, Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for But she tells to your highness simple truth! help.
Ang. O perjur'd woman! They are both for Duke. Long since, thy husband servd me in my wars;
In this the madman justly chargeth them. And I to thee engag'd a prince's word,
Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say; When thou didst make him master of thy bed, Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine, si in To do him all the grace and good I could. Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate, Albeit, my wrongs might make some wiser mad And bid the lady abbess come to me;
This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner. I will determine this before I stir.
That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with her, Enter a Servant.
Could witness it, for he was with me then; i Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, I? yourself!
Promising to bring it to the Porcupine, die A My master and his man are both broke loose, Where Balthazar and I did dine together. n 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 I went to seek bim: in the street I met him;
And in his company, that gentleman. And ever as it blaz'd, they threw on him There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me down, Great pails of puddled mire to quench the bair: That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, My master preaches patience to him, while Which, God he knows, I saw not: for the which His man with scissars nicks him like a fool : He did arrest me with an officer. And, sure, unless you send some present help, I did obey; and sent my peasant bome Between them they will kill the conjurer, For certain ducats : be with none return'd. Adr. Peace, fool, thy, master and his man are Then fairly I bespoke the officer, here;
To go in person with me to my house. And that is false, thou dost report to us.
By the way we met Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; My wife, her sister, and a rabble more! I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it. Of vile confederates ; along with them He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, They brought one Pinch, a hungry lcan-fac'd To scorch your face, and to disfigure you : A mere anatomy, a mountebank, !404 [villain,
(cry within. A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller ; Hark, bark I bear him, mistress ; fly, be gone. A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing : A living dead man: this pernicious slave, guard with halberds.
Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer; Aur. Ah, it is my husband! Witness you And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse,
And with no face, as 'twere, out-facing me,
Ant. E. Neither.
Ege. I am sure, thou dost.
to believe him. Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extremity! To give me ample satisfaction
Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue, For these deep shames and great indignities. In seven short years, that here my only son Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares ? with him,
Though now this grained face of mine be hid That he din'd not at home, but was lock'd out. In sap consuming winter's drizzled snow,'1
Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no? And all the conduits of my blood froze up; Ang. He had, my lord'; and when he ran in Yet hath my night of life some memory, here,
My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left, These people saw the chain about his neck. [mine My dull deaf ears a little use to hear
Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of All these old witnesses (I cannot err) Heard you confess you had the chain of him, Tell me, thou art my son Antipholus. After you first forswore it on the mart,
Ant. E. I never saw my father in my life. And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you; Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, And then you Aled into this abbey here,
Thou know'st, we parted: but, perhaps, my son, From whence, I think, you are come by, miracle. Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery.
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey walls, Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me: Can witness with me that it is not so ; (the city. I never saw the chain, so help me heaven! I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life. And this is false, you burden me withal.
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years Duke. What an intricate impeach is this ! Have I been patron to Antipholus I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup." During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa : If here
hous'd him, here he would have been; I see, thy age and danger make thee dote. Da If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly: Re-enter the Abbess, with Antipholus, SyracuYou say, he din'd at home; the goldsmith here
and Dromio, Syracusan. Denies that saying :-sirrah, what say you ? Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there at the wrong’d. OT 7. In [all gather to see him. Porcupine.
(that ring. Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive Cour. He did, and from my finger snatch'd Ant. E. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of Duke. One of these men is genius to the other; her.
And so of these : which is the natural man, Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? And which the spirit? Who deciphers them ? Cour. Assure, my liege, as I do see your grace. Dro. S. I, sir, am Dromio;y.command him Duke. Why, this is strange: go call the abbess
away. ' hither;
Dro. E. I, sir, am Dromio ; pray let me stay. I think, you all are mated, or stark-mad.
Ant. S. Ægeon, art thou not? or else his ghost ?
[exit an Attendant. Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak him here? Haply, I see a friend will save my life, [a word; Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonde, And pay the sum that may deliver me.
And gain a husband by his liberty :Duke. Speak freely, Syracasan, what thou wilt. Speak, old Ægeon, if thou beʼst the man,
Æge. Is not your name, sir, called Antipholus ; That hadst a wife once call’d Æmilia, And is not that your bondman, Dromio ? (sir, That bore thee at a burden two fair sons :
Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, 0, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak, But be, I thank bim, gnaw'd in two my cords ; And speak unto the same Æmilia !
Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember If thou art she, tell me, where is that son, Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by That floated with thee on the fatal raft? you ;
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I, For lately we were bound, as you are now.
And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir ? But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know By force took Dromio, and my son from them, me well.
And me they left with those of Epidamnum: Ant. E. I never saw you in my life till now. What then became of them, I cannot tell; Ege. O! grief hath chang'd me, since you saw 1, to this fortune that you see me in. [right me last;
Duke. Why, here begins this morning story And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand, These two Antipholus's, these two so like, Have written strange defeatures in my face : And these two Dromio's, one in semblance, But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voicc ? Besides her urging of her wreck at 62ye