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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
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.
Mer. Well officer, arrest him at my suit.
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 DROMIO of Syracuse.
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 å rope's end as soon: You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more leisure,
Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:
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 ?3
Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right. Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more my spite, Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger here, Adr. And true he swore, though yet forsworn he
were. Luc. Then pleaded I for you. Adr.
And what said he? Luc. That love I begg'd for you, be begg'd of me. Adr. With what persuasion did he tempt thy love? Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might
Adr. Did'st speak him fair?
Have patience, I beseech.
3 An allusion to the redness of the northern lights, likened to the appearance of armies.
Adr. I cannot, nor I will not, hold me still;
Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one?
And yet would herein others' eyes were worse :
My heart prays for him, though my tongue do
Enter DROMIO of Syracuse.
now, make haste.
By running fast.
Dro. S. No, he's in tartar limbo, worse than hell:
4 Dry, withered. 5 Marked by nature with deformity.
6 Who crieth most where her nest is not. 7 The officers in those days were clad in buff, which is also a cant expression for a man's skin.
A hound that runs counter, and yet draws dry-foot
well; One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls to
hell.8 Adr. Why, man, what is the matter ? Dro. S. I do not know the matter? he is 'rested on
the case. Adr. What, is he arrested? tell me, at whose suit. Dro. S. I know not at whose suit he is arrested,
well; But he's in a suit of buff, which 'rested him, that can
I tell : Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the money
in the desk? Adr. Go fetch it, sister. This I wonder at,
[Exit LUCIANA. That he, unknown to me, should be in debt: Tell me, was he arrested on a band ?9
Dro. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing; A chain, a chain; do you not hear it ring?
Adr. What, the chain ?
Dro. S. No, no, the bell: 'tis time, that I were gone. It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes
one. Adr. The hours come back! that did I never hear. Dro. S. O yes, If any hour meet a sergeant, a'turns
back for very fear. Adr. As if time were in debt! how fondly dost
thou reason? Dro. S. Time is a very bankrupt, and owes more
than he's worth to season.
8 Hell was the cant term for prison.
9i. e. Bond.