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Ant. S. Where England ?

Dro. S. I look'd for the chalky cliffs, but I could find no whiteness in them. But I guess, it stood in her chin, by the salt rheum that ran between France and it.

Ant. S. Where Spain ?.

Dro. S. 'Faith, I saw it not; but I felt it hot in her breath.

Ant. S. Where America, the Indies ? Dro. S. Oh, sir, upon her nose, all o'er embellish'd with rubies, carbuncles, sapphires, declining their rich aspect to the hot breath of Spain; who sent whole armadas of carracks to be ballast at her nose.

Ant. S. Where stood Belgia, the Netherlands ?

Dro. S. Oh, sir, I did not look so low. To conclude, this drudge, or diviner, laid claim to me; 'call’d me Dromio; swore, I was assur'd to her; told me what privy marks I had about me, as the mark of my shoulder, the mole in my neck, the great wart on my left arm, that I, amazed, ran from her as a witch: and, I think, If my breast had not been made of faith, and my

heart of steel, She had transform' me to a curtail-dog, and made

me turn i' the wheel. Ant. S. Go, hie thee presently, post to the road; And if the wind blow any way from shore, I will not harbour in this town to-night. If any bark put forth, come to the Mart, Where I will walk, till thou return to me. If every one knows us, and we know none, 'Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack, and be gone.

Dro. S. As from a bear a man would run for life, So fly I from her that would be my wife. [Eait.

Ant. S. There's none but witches do inhabit here; And therefore 'tis high time that I were hence. She that doth call me husband, even my soul Doth for a wife abhor; but her fair sister, Possess'd with such a gentle sovereign grace,


for you.

Of such enchanting presence and discourse,
Hath almost made me traitor to myself.
But, lest myself be guilty to self-wrong,
I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song.

Ang. Master Antipholus ?
Ant. s.

Ay, that's my name. Ang. I know it well, sir. Lo, here is the chain. I thought to have ta’en you at the Porpentine; The chain unfinish'd made me stay thus long.

Ant. S. What is your will, that I shall do with this?
Ang. What please yourself, sir; I have made it
Ant. S. Made it for me, sir! I bespoke it not.
Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times you

Go home with it, and please your wife withal;
And soon at supper-time I'll visit you,
And then receive my money for the chain.

Ant. S. I pray you, sir, receive the money now,
For fear you ne'er see chain, nor money,
Ang. You are a merry man, sir; fare you well.

[Erit. Ant. S. What I should think of this, I cannot tell; But this I think, there's no man is so vain, That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain. I see, a man here needs not live by shifts, When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. I'll to the Mart, and there for Dromio stay ; If any ship put out, then straight away. [Eait.



SCENE I. A Public Place.
Enter u Merchant, Angelo, and an Officer.

OU know, since Pentecost the sum is due,
And since I have not much importun'd you,
Nor now I had not, but that I am bound

To Persia, and want guilders for my voyage.
Therefore make present satisfaction,
Or I'll attach you by this officer.

Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to you,
Is growing to me by Antipholus;
And, in the instant that I met with you,
He had of me a chain. At five o'clock,
I shall receive the inoney for the same.
Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house,
I will discharge my bond, and thank you too.
Enter Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of

Ephesus from the Courtezan's.
Off. That labour may you save; see where he comes.

Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house, go thou And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow Among my wife and her confederates, For locking me out of my doors by day.But soft, I see the goldsmith.-Get thee gone: Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me. Ďro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy a rope!

[Exit. Ant. E. A man is well holp, up, that trusts to you. I promised your presence, and the chain; But neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me. Belike, you thought our love would last too long, If we were chain'd together; and therefore came not.

Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note,


you ?

How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat;
The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion;
Which doth amount to three odd ducats more
Than I stand debted to this gentleman.
I pray you, see him presently discharg'd,
For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it.

Ant. E. I am not furnish'd with the ready money;
Besides, I have some business in the town.
Good signior, take the stranger to my house,
And with you take the chain, and bid wife
Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof.
Perchance, I will be there as soon as you.

Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her yourself? Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not time

enough. Ang. Well, sir, I will. Have you the chain about

Ant. E. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have. Or else you may return without your money.

Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the chain; Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman, And I, to blame, have held him here too long.

Ant. E. Good lord! you use this dalliance, to excuse Your breach of promise to the Porpentine. I should have chid you for not bringing it; But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl.

Mer. The hour steals on; I pray you, sir, dispatch. Ang. You hear, how he importunes me. The chain... Ant. E. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch your

money. Ang. Come, come; you know, I gave it you even Either send the chain, or send by me some token. Ant. E. Fie! now you run this humour out of

breath. Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me see it.

Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance;
Good sir, say, whe'r you'll answer me, or no.
If not, I'll leave him to the officer.


Ant. E. I answer you! What should I answer you? Ang. The money, that you owe me for the chain. Ant. E. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since. Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong me much

to say so.
Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it.
Consider, how it stands upon my credit.

Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.
Off. I do; and charge you in the Duke's name to

obey me.
Ang. This touches me in reputation.
Either consent to pay this sum for me,
Or I attach you by this officer.

Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had !
Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou dar’st.

Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer. I would not spare my brother in this case, If he should scorn me so apparently.

Off. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit.

Ant. E. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail.-
But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
As all the metal in your shop will answer.

Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus,
To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.

Enter DROMIO of Syracuse. Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum, That stays but till her owner comes aboard, And then she bears away. Our fraughtage, sir, I have convey'd aboard; and I have bought The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ. The ship is in her trim; the merry wind Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all, But for their owner, master, and yourself. Ant. E. Hownow! a mad man! Why, thou pee

vish sheep, What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?

Dro. S, A shíp you sent me to, to hire waftage.


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