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Ang. You are a merry man, sir; fare you well.
[Exit. 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. [Exit.
SCENE I. The same.
Enter a Merchant, Angelo, and an Officer. Mer. You 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 gilders' 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,
want gilders-] A gilder is a coin valued from one shilling and six-pence, to two shillings.
• Is growing to me-] .i. e. accruing to me.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and DROMIO
of Ephesus. Off. That labour may you save; see where he
Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house,
And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow
Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note,
self Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not
Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain about
you? 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
Your breach of promise to the Porcupine:
spatch. 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
now; Either send the chain, or send me by some token. Ant. E. Fye! 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.
to obey me.
Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had!
Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer;
Off. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit.
Ant. E. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail:-
Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus,
· Enter Dromo of Syracuse. Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum, That stays but till her owner comes aboard, And then, sir, 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. How now! a madman? Why thou peer
vish sheep, What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?
Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage. Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a
rope; And told thee to what purpose, and what end.
Dro. S. You sent me, sir, for a rope's-end as
You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more leisure, And teach your ears to listen with more heed. To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight; Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry, There is a purse of ducats; let her send it; Tell her, I am arrested in the street, And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave; be gone. On, officer, to prison till it come. [Exeunt Merchant, ANGELO, Officer, and Ant. E.
Dro. S. To Adriana! that is where we din'd, Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband: She is too big, I hope, for me to compass. Thither I must, although against my will, For servants must their masters' minds fulfil. [Exit.
Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA. Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so?
Might'st thou perceive austerely in his eye That he did plead in earnest, yea or no?
Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily? What observation mad'st thou in this case, Of his heart's meteors tilting in his face ?8
Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right. Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more my
- meteors tilting in his face?) Alluding to those meteors in the sky, which have the appearance of lines of armies meeting in the shock.