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Enter AntiphoLUS of Ephesus, and DROMIO
of Ephesus. Off. That labour may you save; see where he
comes. Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house, 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. Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy a rope!
( Exit DROMIO. 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 it were chain'd together; and therefore came not.
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: 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, de
spatch. Ang. You hear, how he impórtunes 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 Dromio 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 pee
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.
thou peevish sheep,] Peevish is silly.
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 ?
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.
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, he begg’d of me. Adr. With what persuasion did he tempt thy love? Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might
move. First, he did praise my beauty; then, my speech.
Adr. Did'st speak him fair?
Have patience, I beseech.
Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one? No evil lost is wail'd when it is gone. Adr. Ah! but I think him better than I say,
And yet would herein others' eyes were worse: Far from her nest the lapwing cries away;? My heart prays for him, though my tongue do
Enter Dromio of Syracuse. Dro. S. Here, go; the desk, the purse; sweet
now, make haste. Luc. How hast thou lost thy breath? Dro. S.
By running fast.
sere,] That is, dry, withered. Johnson. Stigmatical in making, That is, marked or stigmatized by nature with deformity, as a token of his vicious disposition.
* Far from her nest the lapwing, &c.] This expression seems to be proverbial—I have met with it in many of the old comick writers. Steevens. VOL. IV.