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Dro. S. No, he's in Tartar limbo, worse than hell.

Enter Dromo of Syracusc. A devil in an everlasting garment hath him, One, whose hard heart is button'd up with steel ; Dro. S. Master, here's the gold you sent ine for : A fiend, a fairy, pitiless and rough;

What, have you got the picture of Old Adam new A wolf, nay, worse, a fellow all in buff;

apparelled ? A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper, one that coun- Ant. S. What gold is this? What Adam dost termands

thou mean? The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands; Dro. S. Not that Adam, that kept the paradise, A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dry foot but that Adam, that keeps the prison : he that goes

in the calf's-skin that was killed for the prodigal ; One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls to he that came behind you, sir, like an evil angel, and hell.


forsake your liberty. Adr. Why, man, what is the matter ?

Ant. $. I understand thee not. Dro. S. I do not know the matter; he is 'rested Dro. S. No? why, 'tis a plain case : he that went on the case.

like a base-viol, in a case of leather; the man, sir, Adr. What, is he arrested ? tell me, at whose that, when gentlemen are tired, gives them a fob, suit.

and 'rests them; he, sir, that takes pity on decayed Dro. S. I know not at whose suit he is arrested, men, and gives them suits of durance; he that sets well;

up his rest to do more exploits with his mace, than But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that a morris-pike. can I tell :

Ant. S. What! thou mean'st an officer? Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the money Dro. S. Ay, sir, the sergeant of the band; he, in the desk?

that brings any man to answer it, that breaks his Adr. Go fetch it, sister. This I wonder at, band; one that thinks a man always going to bed,

[Erit Luciana. and says, God give you good rest! That he, unknown to me, should be in debt:

Ant. s. Well, sir, there rest in your foolery. Is Tell me, was he arrested on a band ?

there any ship puts forth to-night ? may we be Dro. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing; gone ? A chain, a chain : do you not hear it ring?

Dro. S. Why, sir, I brought you word an hour Adr. What, the chain ?

since, that the bark Expedition put forth to-night ; Dro. S. No, no, the bell : 'tis time, that I were and then were you hindered by the sergeant, to gone.

tarry for the hoy, Delay : Here are the angels that It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes you sent for, to deliver you.

Ant. S. The fellow is distract, and so am I; ddr. The hours come back! tha did I never And here we wander in illusions ; hear.

Some blessed power deliver us from hence ! Dro. $. O yes. If any hour meet a sergeant, a'turns back for very fear.

Enter a Courtezan. Adr. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost Cour. Well met, well met, master Antipholus. thou reason !

I see, sir, you have found the goldsmith now : Dro. S. Time is a very bankrupt, and owes more Is that the chain, you promis'd me to-day ? than he's worth, to season.

Ant. S. Satan, avoid ! I charge thee tempt me Nay, he's a thief too : Have you not heard men say,

not ! That time comes stealing on by night and day? Dro. S. Master, is this mistress Satan? If he be in debt, and theft, and a sergeant in the way,

Ant. S. It is the devil. llath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day? Dro. S. Nay, she is worse, she is the devil's dam ;

and here she comes in the habit of a light wench; Enter LUCIANA.

and thereof comes, that the wenches say, God damn Adr. Go, Dromio; there's the money, bear it

me, that's as much as to say, God make me a light

wench. It is written, they appear to men like anstraight;

gels of light: light is an effect of fire, and fire will And bring thy master home immediately. Come, sister; I am press'd down with conceit;

burn; ergo, light wenches will burn; Come not

near her. Conceit, my comfort, and my injury. (Exeunt.

Cour. Your man and you are marvellous merry,

sir. SCENE III. – The same.

Will you go with me? We'll mend our dinner here. Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse.

Dro. S. Master, if you do expect spoon-meat,

or bespeak a long spoon. Ant. S. There's not a man I meet, but doth Ant. S. Why, Dromio ? salute me

Dro. S. Marry, he must have a long spoon, that As if I were their well-acquainted friend ;

must eat with the devil. And every one doth call me by my name.

Ant. S. Avoid then, fiend! what tell'st thou me Some tender money to me, some invite me;

of supping ? Some other give me thanks for kindnesses;

Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress : Some offer me commodities to buy :

I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone. Even now a tailor call’d me in his shop,

Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at dinner, And show'd me silks that he had bought for me, Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd; And, therewithal, took measure of my body. And I'll be gone, sir, and not trouble you. Sure, these are but imaginary wiles,

Dro. S. Some devils ask but the paring of one'a And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.


us go.


A rush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin,

by my long ears. I have served him from the liour A nut, a cherry-stone ; but she, more covetous, of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at Would have a chain.

his hands for my service, but blows: when I am Master, be wise; an' if you give it her,

cold, he heats me with beating : when I am warm, The devil will shake her chain, and fright us he cools me with beating : I am waked with it, with it.

when I sleep; raised with it, when I sit; driven Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain; out of doors with it, when I go from home ; welI hope, you do not mean to cheat me so.

comed home with it, when I return : nay, I bear Ånt. S. Avaunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, let it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat : and,

I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with Dro S. Fly pride, says the peacock : Mistress, it from door to door. that you know.

Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the Courtezan, with [Ereunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad,

Pinch, and others. Else would he never so demean himself :

Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats,

yonder. And for the same he promis'd me a chain ;

Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your end; Both one, and other, he denies me now,

or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, Beware the The reason that I gather he is mad,

rope's end. (Besides this present instance of his rage,)

Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ? [Beats him. Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner,

Cour. How say you now? is not your husband Of his own doors being shut against his entrance.

mad? Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits,

Adr. His incivility confirms no less. On purpose shut the doors against his way.

Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; My way is now, to bie home to his house,

Establish him in his true sense again, And tell his wife, that, being lunatick,

And I will please you what you will demand. He rush'd into my house, and took perforce

Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks ! My ring away: This course I fittest choose ;

Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his extasy ! For forty ducats is too much to lose. [Exit. Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your

pulse. SCENE IV. – The same.

Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your 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

man, away :

To yield possession to my holy prayers, I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money

And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight; To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.

I cónjure thee by all the saints in heaven. My wife is in a wayward mood to-day;

Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not And will not lightly trust the messenger,

mad. That I should be attach'd in Ephesus :

Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul ! I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears. –

Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your cus

tomers ? Enter Dromio of Ephesus, with a rope's end.

Did this companion with the saffron face Here comes my man ; I think, he brings the money. Revel and feast it at my house to-day, How now, sir? have you that I sent you

for? Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay And I denied to enter in my house? them all.

Adr. O husband, God doth know, you din'd at Ant. E. But where's the money ?

home, Dro. E. Why, sir, I gave the money for the rope. Where 'would you had remain'd until this time, Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a rope ? Free from these slanders, and this open shame! Dru. E. I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the Ant. E. I din'd at home! Thou villain, what rate.

say'st thou ? Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at home?

home. Dro. E. To a rope's end, sir; and to that end Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I am I return'd.

shut out? Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome Dro. E. Perdy, your doors were lock’d, and you you.

[Beating him.

shut out. off. Good sir, be patient.

Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there? Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you there. adversity

Ant. E. Did not her kitchen maid rail, taunt, off. Good now, hold thy tongue.

and scorn me? Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his Dro. E. Certes, she did; the kitchen-restal scorn'] hands.

you. Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain !

Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I

thence ? might not feel your blows.

Dro. E. In verity, you did ;

- my bones beas Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows,

witness, and so is an ass.

That since have felt the vigour of his rage. Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove it Adr. Is't good to sooth him in these contraries?

arrest me.



Pinch. It is no shame ; the fellow finds his vein, | And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it. And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy. Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd Ant. E. Thou hast suborn’d the goldsmith to Home to my house. O most unhappy day!

Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet! Adr. Alas! I sent you money to redeem you. Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for By Dromio here, who came in haste for it.

you. Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good-will you Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost might,

thou mad me? But, surely, master, not a rag of money.

Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be mad, Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of Good master ; cry, the devil. — ducats ?

Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk ! Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it.

Adr. Go bear him hence. Sister, go you with Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did. Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me wit- [Exeunt Pinch and Assistants, with Ant. E.

and Dro. E. That I was sent for nothing but a rope !

Say now, whose suit is he arrested at ? Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is pos- Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith ; Do you know sess'd;

him ? I know it by their pale and deadly looks:

Adr. I know the man : What is the sum he owes They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. Off. Two hundred ducats. Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth Adr.

Say, how grows it due ? to-day,

Off. Due for a chain, your husband had of him. And why dost thou deny the bag of gold ?

Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth.

not. Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold; Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to-day But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out.

Came to my house, and took away my ring, Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false in (The ring I saw upon his finger now,) both.

Straight after, did I meet him with a chain. Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all ; Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it:And art confederate with a damned pack,

Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is, To make a loathsome abject scorn of me:

I long to know the truth hereof at large. But with these nails I'll pluck out these false eyes,

Enter AntiPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier That would behold me in this shameful sport.

drawn, and Dromio of Syracuse.
[Pinch and his Assistants bind Ant. E. and
Dro. E.

Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not come Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's call

more help, Pinch. More company;

the fiend is strong To have them bound again. within him.


Away, they'll kill us. Luc. Ah me, poor man! how pale and wan he

[Exeunt Officer, Adr. and Luc. looks!

Ant. S. I see, these witches are afraid of swords. Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now ran

gaoler, thou, 1 am thy prisoner: wilt thou suffer them

Ant. S. Come to the Centaur ; fetch our stuff To make a rescue?

from thence : 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 is frant too. su do us no harm ; you saw, they speak us fair,

Adr. . What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer ? give us gold : methinks, they are such a gentle Hast thou delight to see a wretched man

nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh that outrage and displeasure to himself?

claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to of: He is my prisoner ; if I let him go, stay here still, and turn witch. The debt he owes, will be requir'd of me.

Ant. S. I will not stay to night for all the town; Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. (Exeunt. Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,

near me,

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SCENE I. The same.

Enter Merchant and ANGELO.
Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd you ;
But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the city ?

Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir,
I credit infinite, highly belov’d,

Second to none that lives here in the cit, ;
His word might bear my wealth at any time.
Mer. Speak softly : yonder, as I think, he walks.

Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dromo of Syracuse.
Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck,
Which he foreswore, most monstrously, to have.
Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him. -
Signior Antipholus, I wonder much


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would put me to this shame and trouble ; And therefore comes it, that his head is light. And not without some scandal to yourself,

Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy npbraid With circumstance and oaths, so to deny

ings :
This chain, which now you wear so openly : Unquiet meals make ill digestions,
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;
You have done wrong to this my honest friend; And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
Who, but for staying on our controversy,

Thou say’st, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawis Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day:

Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,
This chain you had of me, can you deny it ? But moody and dull melancholy,

Ant. S. I think, I had; I never did deny it. (Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair ;)
Mer. Yes, that you did, sir ; and forswore it too. And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop
Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it? Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?
Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest
thee :

To be disturb’d, would mad or man, or beast :
Fye on thee, wretch ! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st The consequence is then, thy jealous fits
To walk where any honest men resort.

Have scar'd thy husband from the use of wits. Ant. S. Thou art a villain to impeach me thus: Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty

When he demean’d himself rough, rude and wildly.Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand.

Why bear

you these rebukes, and answer not? Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.

[They draw. Good people, enter, and lay hold on him. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, Courtezan, and others.

Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is

Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husband


Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary Some get within him, take his sword away : Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house.

And it shall privilege him from your hands, Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sike, take

Till I have brought him to his wits again,

Or lose my labour in assaying it. a house.

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, This is some priory ; — In, or we are spoil'd.

Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
[Exeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. to the Priory.

And will have no attorney but myself';
Enter the Abbess.

And therefore let me have him home with me. Abb. Be quiet, people ; Wherefore throng you Abb. Be patient : for I will not let him stir, hither ?

Till I have used the approved means I have, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence : With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayer: Let us come in, that we may bind him fast,

To make of him a formal man again : And bear him home for his recovery.

It is a branch and parcel of mine oath, Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. A charitable duty of my order; Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him. Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Abb. Ilow long hath this possession held the man? Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here;

Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad, And ill it doth beseem your holiness, And much, much different from the man he was; To separate the husband and the wife. But, till this afternoon, his passion

Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.


[Exit Abbess. Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck at Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.

Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, Buried some dear friend ? Hath not else his eye And never rise until my tears and prayers Stray'd his affection in unlawful love?

Have won his grace to come in person hither, A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,

And take perforce my husband from the abbess. Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five : Which of these sorrows is he subject to?

Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person
Adr. To none of these, except it be the last ; Comes this way to the melancholy vale ;
Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home. The place of death and sorry execution,

Abb. You should for that have reprehended him. Behind the ditches of the abbey here.
Adr. Why, so I did.

Ang. Upon what cause ?

Ay, but not rough enough. Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let me. Who put unluckily into this bay Abb. Haply, in private.

Against the laws and statutes of this town, Adr.

And in assemblies too. Beheaded publickly for his offence. Abb. Ay, but not enough.

Ang. See, where they come; we will behold his Adr. It was the copy of our conference :

death. In bed, he slept not for my urging it;

Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the abbey. At board, he fed not for my urging it; Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

Enter Duke, attended; Ægeon, barc-headed; with

the Headsman and other Officers. In company, I often glanced it ; Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publickly, Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was mad: If any friend will pay the sum for him, The venom clamours of a jealous woman

He shall not die, so much we tender him. Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.

Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the abIt seems, his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing


sea ?

Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote, It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio. Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, my Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that wo. husband,

man there. Whom I made lord of me and all I had,

She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife ;
At your important letters, - this ill day

That hath abused and dishonour'd me,
A most outrageous fit of madness took him ; Even in the strength and height of injury !
That desperately he hurried through the street, Beyond imagination is the wrong,
(With him his bondman, all as mad as he,)

That she this day hath shameless thrown on me. Doing displeasure to the citizens

Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just. By rushing in their houses, bearing thence

Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the doors Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.

upon me, Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, While she, with harlots feasted in my house. Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went,

Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman didst thou so? That here and there his fury had committed.

Adr. No, my good lord ; - myself, he, and my Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,

sister, He broke from those that had the guard of him ; To-day did dine together: So befal my soul, And, with his mad attendant and himself,

As this is false, he burdens me withal ! Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords, Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on night, Met us again, and, madly bent on us,

But she tells to your higliness simple truth ! Chased us away; till, raising of more aid,

Ang. O perjur'd woman! they are both forsworn. We came again to bind them: then they fied In this the madman justly chargeth them. Into this abbey, whither we pursued them;

Ant. E. My liege, I am advised what I say ; And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,

Neither disturb'd with the effect of wine, And will not suffer us to fetch him out,

Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence. Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy command, This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner : Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for help. That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with her. Duke. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in my Could witness it, for he was with me then; wars;

Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, And I to thee engag'd a prince's word,

Promising to bring it to the Porcupine, When thou didst make him master of thy bed, Where Balthazar and I did dine together. To do him all the grace and good I could.

Our dinner done, and he not coming thither, Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate,

I went to seek him: In the street I met him ; And bid the lady abbess come to me;

And in his company, that gentleman. I will determine this, before I stir.

There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me down,

That I this day of him receiv'd the chain,
Enter a Servant.

Which, God he knows, I saw not : for the which,
Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself! He did arrest me with an officer.
My master and his man are both broke loose, I did obey ; and sent my peasant home
Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the doctor, For certain ducats : He with none return'd.
Whose beard they have singed off with brands of fire; Then fairly I bespoke the officer,
And ever as it blazed, they threw on him


in person with me to my house.
Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair : By the way we met
My master preaches patience to him, while

My wife, her sister, and a rabble more His man with scissars nicks him like a fool : Of vile confederates; along with them And, sure, unless you send some present help, They brought one Pinch; a hungry lean-faced vil. Between them they will kill the conjurer.

lain, Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are here; | A meer anatomy, a mountebank, And that is false, thou dost report to us.

A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller; Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it. A living dead man : this pernicious slave, He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you,

Forsooth took on him as a conjurer : To scorch your face, and to disfigure you :

And gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse, (Cry within.

And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me, Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress ; fly, be gone. Cries out, I was possess'd : then altogether Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing : Guard They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence ; with halberds.

And in a dark and dankish vault at home Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you There left me and my man, both bound together; That he is borne about invisible :

Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, Even now we hous'd him the abbey here; I gain'd my freedom, and immediately And now he's there, past thought of human reason. Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech

To give me ample satisfaction Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dromio of Ephesus.

For these deep shames, and great indignities. Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, grant Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with

me justice ! Even for the service that long since I did thee, That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out. When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took

Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no? Deep scars to save thy life ; even for the blood Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in here, That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice, These people saw the chain about his neck.

him ;

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