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And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,
SCENE IV.--The same.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and un OFFICER. Ant. E. Fear me not, man, I will not break
I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money
Enter DROMI10 of Ephesus with a rope's end. Here comes my man; I think, he brings the
How now, Sir? have you that I sent you for? Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay them all.*
Ant. E. But where's the money?
Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a rope?
Dro. E. I'll serve you, Sir, five hundred at
Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee bie thee home?
Dro. E. To a rope's end, Sir; and to that end am I return'd.
Ant. E. And to that end, Sir, I will welcome [Beating him.
Off. Good Sir, be patient. Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in adversity.
Of. 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 is an ass.
Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove it by my long ears. I have serv'd him from the hour of 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, 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 COURTEZAN, 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?
Adr. His incivility confirms no less.Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; Establish him in his true sense again, And I will please you what you will demand. Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks!
* Correct them all.
Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his extacy Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your pulse.
Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your
Pinch. 1 charge thee, Satan, hous'd within
To yield possession to my holy prayers, -
Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed
Ant. E. You minion you, are these your customers?
Did this companion with a saffron face
Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you din'd
Where 'would you had remain'd until this time, Free from these slanders, and this open shame! Ant. E. I din'd 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 lock'd up, and I shut out?
Dro. E. Perdy, your doors were lock'd, and you shut out.
Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there?
Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you
Ant. E. Did not her kitchen maid rail, taunt, and scorn me?
Dro. E. Certes, she did; the kitchen-vestal scorn'd you.
Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from
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?
Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd 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 possess'd:
I know it by their pale and deadly looks: They must be bound, and laid in some dark
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,
I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them
Offi. 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* offiHast thou delight to see a wretched man [cer? Do outrage and displeasure to himself?
Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go, The debt he owes, will be requir'd of me. Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: Bear me forthwith unto his creditor, [it. And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd Home to my house. O most unhappy day! Ant. E. O most unhappy+ strumpet! Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for you.
Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost thou mad me?
Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be Good master; cry, the devil.[mad, 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? Offi. One Angelo, a goldsmith; Do you know him?
Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he
Adr. And come with naked swords; let's call more help,
To have them bound again.
[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
Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard.
SCENE I.-The same.
Enter MERCHANT and ANGELO.
Ang. I am sorry, Sir, that I have hinder'd But, I protest, he had the chain of me, [you; Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the city?
Ang. Of very reverend reputation, Sir, Of credit infinite, highly befov'd, His word might bear my wealth at any time. Second to none that lives here in the city; Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he walks.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse. Ang. "Tis so; and that self chain about his
Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have.
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 knowest, did
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
I'll prove mine honour, and mine honesty
Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, COURTEZAN, and
Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is mad :
Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his
Adr. To none of these, except it be the last; Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home.
Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Adr. Why, so I did.
Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.
Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?
Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary,
And it shall privilege him from your hands,
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
To make of him a formal man again:*
Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his
And never rise until my tears and prayers
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five:
Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let Comes this way to the melancholy vale;
Abb. Haply, in private.
Adr. And in assemblies too.
Abb. Ay, but not enough.
Adr. It was the copy of our conference:
Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.
Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was mad:
The venom clamours of a jealous woman Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy rail
And thereof comes it that his head is light. Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraidings:
Unquiet meals make ill digestions,
Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,
I. e. Close, grapple with him. te. Go into a house.
The place of death and sorry execution,
Ang. Upon what cause?
Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Who put unluckily into this bay
Against the laws and statutes of this town,
Ang. See, where they come; we will behold his death.
Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the abbey.
Enter DUKE attended; ÆGEON bare-headed;
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus,
Whom I made lord of me and all I had,
Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.
* I. e. To bring him back to his senses. + Part. Sad, Importunate. II. e. To take measures. 1 Know
He broke from those that had the guard of him;
And, with his mad attendant and himself, Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords,
Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
Duke. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in
And ever as it blazed, they threw on him
And that is false thou dost report to us.
Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you, That he is borne about invisible:
Even now we hous'd him in the abbey here; And now he's there, past thought of human
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Ephesus. Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, grant me justice!
Even for the service that long since I did thee, When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took
Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. Ege. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,
I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio,
Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that woman there.
She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife;
* 1. e. Successively, one after another.
Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the doors upon me,
While she with harlots feasted in my house. Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman, didst thou so?
Adr. No, my good lord;-myself, he, and my sister,
To-day did dine together: So befall my soul, As this is false, he burdens me withal!
Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on night,
But she tells to your highness simple truth! Ang. O perjur'd woman! They are both forIn this the madman justly chargeth them.
Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say;
Could witness it, for he was with me then;
I did obey; and sent my peasant home
go in person with me to my house. By the way we met
My wife, her sister, and a rabble more
Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder,
That he dined not at home but was lock'd out. Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no? Ang. He had, my lord: and when he ran in
These people saw the chain about his neck. Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of
Heard you confess you had the chain of him,
Harlot was a term of reproach applied to cheats among men as well as to wantons among women.
Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me:
Thou know'st, we parted: but perhaps, my son,
Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in the city,
Can witness with me that it is not so;
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup.
Cour. He did; and from my finger snatch'd that ring.
Ant. E. 'Tis true, my leige, this ring I had of her.
Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here?
Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your
Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the Abbess hither;
I think you are all mated, or stark mad. [Exit an Attendant.
Ege. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a word;
Haply I see a friend will save my life,
Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt.
Ege. Is not your name, Sir, call'd Antipholus ?
And is not that your bondman Dromio?
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords;
know me well.
Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. Ege. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you saw me last;
And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand Have written strange defeaturest in my face: But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? Ant. E. Neither.
Ege. Dromio, nor thou?
Dro. E. No, trust me, Sir, nor I.
Dro. E. Ay, Sir; but I am sure, I do not; and whatsoever a man denies, you are now bound to believe him.
Ege. Not know my voice! O, time's extre-
Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor
Ant. É, I never saw my father in my life. Ege. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy,
Enter the ABBESS, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracusan, and DROMIO Syracusan.
Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd. [All gather to see him. Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me.
Duke. One of these men is Genius to the
And so of these: Which is the natural man, And which the spirit? Who deciphers them? Dro. S. I, Sir, am Dromio; command him
Dro. E. I, Sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay. Ant. S. Ægeon, art thou not? or else his ghost?
Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound him here?
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his
And gain a husband by his liberty:-
Ege. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia;
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I, And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth And me they left with those of Epidamnum: By force took Dromio and my son from them, What then became of them, I cannot tell; I, to this fortune that you see me in.
Duke. Why, here begins his morning story right;*
These two Antipholuses, these two so like,
Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gra cious lord.
Dro. E. And I with him.
Ant. E. Brought to this town with that mos'
Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. Adr. Which of you two did dine with me
Ant. S. I, gentle mistress.
Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so;
The morning story is what Egeon tells the Duke In the first scene of this play