The Comedy of Errors


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Second Merchant and Angelo the goldsmith


ANGELO

I am sorry, sir, that I have hindered you;

But I protest he had the chain of me,

Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.


SECOND MERCHANT

How is the man esteemed here in the city?


ANGELO

Of very reverend reputation, sir,
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected

Of credit infinite, highly beloved,

Second to none that lives here in the city.

His word might bear my wealth at any time.


SECOND MERCHANT

Speak softly. Yonder, as I think, he walks.

Enter Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse

again


ANGELO

'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit See Topics: Frequency count
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact

Which he forswore most monstrously to have.

Good sir, draw near to me. I'll speak to him.

Signor Antipholus, I wonder much

That you would put me to this shame and trouble,

And not without some scandal to yourself,
scandal (n.) 1 shame, discredit, disgrace

With circumstance and oaths so to deny
circumstance (n.) 3 special argument, detailed explanation

This chain, which now you wear so openly.

Beside the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay

You have done wrong to this my honest friend,

Who, but for staying on our controversy,
stay on / upon (v.) wait for, await

Had hoisted sail and put to sea today.

This chain you had of me. Can you deny it?


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

I think I had. I never did deny it.


SECOND MERCHANT

Yes, that you did, sir, and forswore it, too.
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit See Topics: Frequency count


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Who heard me to deny it or forswear it?
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit See Topics: Frequency count


SECOND MERCHANT

These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear thee.

Fie on thee, wretch. 'Tis pity that thou livest

To walk where any honest men resort.


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Thou art a villain to impeach me thus.
impeach (v.) 1 accuse, charge, challenge

I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty

Against thee presently, if thou darest stand.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count
stand (v.) 5 make a stand, be resolute [on a point]


SECOND MERCHANT

I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.

They draw

Enter Adriana, Luciana, the Courtesan, and others


ADRIANA

Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is mad.

Some get within him, take his sword away.
get within (v.) [fencing] get inside the guard of, get within the defences of

Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house.


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Run, master, run! For God's sake take a house.
take (v.) 21 take refuge in, go into, enter [for safety]

This is some priory. In, or we are spoiled.
spoil (v.) 2 ruin, destroy, bring to an end

Exeunt Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of

Syracuse to the Priory

Enter Æmilia the Lady Abbess


ABBESS

Be quiet, people. Wherefore throng you hither?


ADRIANA

To fetch my poor distracted husband hence.
distracted (adj.) 1 perplexed, confused, agitated

Let us come in, that we may bind him fast

And bear him home for his recovery.


ANGELO

I knew he was not in his perfect wits.


SECOND MERCHANT

I am sorry now that I did draw on him.


ABBESS

How long hath this possession held the man?


ADRIANA

This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad,
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

And much, much different from the man he was.

But till this afternoon his passion
passion (n.) 2 emotional state, mental condition

Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.
rage (n.) 4 madness, insanity, derangement


ABBESS

Hath he not lost much wealth by wrack of sea?
wrack (n.) 2 wreck, loss, shipwreck

Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his eye
else (adv.) 2 elsewhere, in another direction

Strayed his affection in unlawful love,
stray (v.) lead astray, distract, cause to wander

A sin prevailing much in youthful men,

Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing?

Which of these sorrows is he subject to?


ADRIANA

To none of these except it be the last,

Namely some love that drew him oft from home.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


ABBESS

You should for that have reprehended him.


ADRIANA

Why, so I did.


ABBESS

                         Ay, but not rough enough.


ADRIANA

As roughly as my modesty would let me.


ABBESS

Haply, in private.
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count


ADRIANA

                         And in assemblies, too.


ABBESS

Ay, but not enough.


ADRIANA

It was the copy of our conference.
conference (n.) 1 conversation, talk, discourse
copy (n.) 2 theme, subject, topic

In bed he slept not for my urging it.

At board he fed not for my urging it.

Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

In company I often glanced at it.
glance at (v.) 1 allude to, refer to, mention in passing

Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


ABBESS

And thereof came it that the man was mad.

The venom clamours of a jealous woman
venom (adj.) venomous, poisonous, spiteful

Poisons more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.

It seems his sleeps were hindered by thy railing,
railing (n.) abuse, insulting speech, vilification

And thereof comes it that his head is light.

Thou sayst his meat was sauced with thy upbraidings.

Unquiet meals make ill digestions.
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count

Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;

And what's a fever but a fit of madness?

Thou sayst his sports were hindered by thy brawls.
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

Sweet recreation barred, what doth ensue

But moody and dull melancholy,

Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair,

And at her heels a huge infectious troop

Of pale distemperatures and foes to life?
distemperature (n.) 1 ailment, disorder, malady

In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

To be disturbed would mad or man or beast.
mad (v.) 1 madden, exasperate, infuriate

The consequence is, then, thy jealous fits

Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.


LUCIANA

She never reprehended him but mildly,

When he demeaned himself rough, rude, and wildly.
demean (v.) behave, conduct, comport [oneself]

(to Adriana)

Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?


ADRIANA

She did betray me to my own reproof.
betray (v.) 3 give up, expose, lay open [especially: to punishment]
reproof (n.) 3 shame, disgrace, reproach

Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.


ABBESS

No, not a creature enters in my house.


ADRIANA

Then let your servants bring my husband forth.


ABBESS

Neither. He took this place for sanctuary,
take (v.) 21 take refuge in, go into, enter [for safety]

And it shall privilege him from your hands

Till I have brought him to his wits again,

Or lose my labour in assaying it.
assay (v.) 1 attempt, try, venture


ADRIANA

I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

And will have no attorney but myself.
attorney (n.) 1 substitute, deputy, agent

And therefore let me have him home with me.


ABBESS

Be patient, for I will not let him stir

Till I have used the approved means I have,
approved (adj.) tested, tried, established, proven

With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers,
wholesome (adj.) 5 good, nutritious, fit to eat

To make of him a formal man again.
formal (adj.) 1 normal, sane, rational

It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,
branch (n.) division, section, part [of an argument]
parcel (n.) 1 part, piece, portion, bit

A charitable duty of my order.

Therefore depart, and leave him here with me.


ADRIANA

I will not hence and leave my husband here.

And ill it doth beseem your holiness
beseem (v.) befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]
ill (adj.) 2 evil, wicked, immoral

To separate the husband and the wife.


ABBESS

Be quiet, and depart. Thou shalt not have him.

Exit


LUCIANA

(to Adriana)

Complain unto the Duke of this indignity.


ADRIANA

Come, go. I will fall prostrate at his feet,

And never rise until my tears and prayers

Have won his grace to come in person hither

And take perforce my husband from the Abbess.
perforce (adv.) 1 forcibly, by force, violently See Topics: Frequency count


SECOND MERCHANT

By this, I think, the dial points at five.
dial (n.) watch, timepiece, pocket sundial

Anon, I'm sure, the Duke himself in person
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

Comes this way to the melancholy vale,

The place of death and sorry execution
sorry (adj.) 1 sorrowful, painful, sad, pitiable

Behind the ditches of the abbey here.


ANGELO

Upon what cause?


SECOND MERCHANT

To see a reverend Syracusian merchant,
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected

Who put unluckily into this bay

Against the laws and statutes of this town,

Beheaded publicly for his offence.


ANGELO

See where they come. We will behold his death.


LUCIANA

Kneel to the Duke before he pass the abbey.

Enter Solinus, Duke of Ephesus, and Egeon, the

merchant of Syracuse, barehead, with the Headsman

and other officers


DUKE

Yet once again proclaim it publicly,

If any friend will pay the sum for him,

He shall not die, so much we tender him.
tender (v.) 2 feel concern for, hold dear, care for


ADRIANA

Justice, most sacred Duke, against the Abbess!
sacred (adj.) 2 revered, respected [as if a holy thing]


DUKE

She is a virtuous and a reverend lady.
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected

It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong.


ADRIANA

May it please your grace, Antipholus my husband,

Who I made lord of me and all I had

At your important letters, this ill day
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count
important (adj.) urgent, pressing, demanding, importunate

A most outrageous fit of madness took him,

That desperately he hurried through the street,
desperately (adv.) 1 recklessly, disregarding all risks

With him his bondman all as mad as he,
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave

Doing displeasure to the citizens
displeasure (n.) 1 injury, wrong, hurt

By rushing in their houses, bearing thence

Rings, jewels, anything his rage did like.
rage (n.) 4 madness, insanity, derangement

Once did I get him bound, and sent him home

Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went,
order, take make arrangements

That here and there his fury had committed.

Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count
wot (v.) 1 learn, know, be told See Topics: Frequency count

He broke from those that had the guard of him,
guard (n.) 1 protection, keeping, custody

And with his mad attendant and himself,

Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords
ireful (adj.) wrathful, angry, furious
passion (n.) 4 fit of anger, feeling of rage

Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
bend (v.) 2 turn, direct one's steps, proceed

Chased us away; till, raising of more aid,

We came again to bind them. Then they fled

Into this abbey, whither we pursued them,

And here the Abbess shuts the gates on us,

And will not suffer us to fetch him out,
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

Nor send him forth that we may bear him hence.

Therefore, most gracious Duke, with thy command

Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for help.
help (n.) treatment, cure, relief


DUKE

Long since, thy husband served me in my wars;

And I to thee engaged a prince's word,
engage (v.) 1 pledge, give the guarantee of

When thou didst make him master of thy bed,

To do him all the grace and good I could.

Go, some of you, knock at the abbey gate,

And bid the Lady Abbess come to me.

I will determine this before I stir.
determine (v.) 1 make a decision [about], reach a conclusion [about]

Enter a Messenger
shift (v.) 2 escape, flee, slip [away]


MESSENGER

O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself!

My master and his man are both broke loose,

Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the Doctor,
a-row (adv.) one after the other, in succession

Whose beard they have singed off with brands of fire,

And ever as it blazed they threw on him

Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair.
puddled (adj.) muddily stirred up, filthy, foul

My master preaches patience to him, and the while

His man with scissors nicks him like a fool.

And sure, unless you send some present help,

Between them they will kill the conjuror.
conjuror, conjurer (n.) exorcist, sorcerer, raiser of spirits


ADRIANA

Peace, fool; thy master and his man are here,

And that is false thou dost report to us.
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken


MESSENGER

Mistress, upon my life I tell you true.

I have not breathed almost since I did see it.

He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you,

To scorch your face and to disfigure you.
scorch (v.) slash with a knife, gash

Cry within

Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress. Fly, be gone!


DUKE

Come, stand by me. Fear nothing. Guard with halberds!


ADRIANA

Ay me, it is my husband. Witness you

That he is borne about invisible.

Even now we housed him in the abbey here,
house (v.) pursue into a house, drive into a house

And now he's there, past thought of human reason.

Enter Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Justice, most gracious Duke, O grant me justice,

Even for the service that long since I did thee

When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took
bestride (v.) 1 stand over, protect, safeguard

Deep scars to save thy life. Even for the blood

That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice!


EGEON

(aside)
dote (v.) become deranged, behave foolishly

Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,

I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Justice, sweet prince, against that woman there,

She whom thou gavest to me to be my wife;

That hath abused and dishonoured me

Even in the strength and height of injury.

Beyond imagination is the wrong

That she this day hath shameless thrown on me.


DUKE

Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

This day, great Duke, she shut the doors upon me

While she with harlots feasted in my house.
harlot (n.) prostitute, whore


DUKE

A grievous fault. Say, woman, didst thou so?


ADRIANA

No, my good lord. Myself, he, and my sister

Today did dine together. So befall my soul

As this is false he burdens me withal.
burden, burthen (v.) 2 charge, accuse, lay on
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken


LUCIANA

Ne'er may I look on day nor sleep on night

But she tells to your highness simple truth.


ANGELO

(aside)
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

O perjured woman! They are both forsworn.

In this the madman justly chargeth them.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

My liege, I am advised what I say,
advise, avise (v.) 1 consider, take thought, reflect

Neither disturbed with the effect of wine

Nor heady-rash provoked with raging ire,
heady-rash (adj.) hasty-headed, full of reckless thoughts

Albeit my wrongs might make one wiser mad.

This woman locked me out this day from dinner.

That goldsmith there, were he not packed with her,
packed (adj.) in league, acting as an accomplice

Could witness it, for he was with me then,
witness (v.) 1 bear witness to, attest, testify to

Who parted with me to go fetch a chain,
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit

Promising to bring it to the Porpentine,

Where Balthasar and I did dine together.

Our dinner done, and he not coming thither,

I went to seek him. In the street I met him,

And in his company that gentleman.

There did this perjured goldsmith swear me down
swear down (v.) reduce to silence by swearing, put down by swearing

That I this day of him received the chain,

Which, God he knows, I saw not. for the which

He did arrest me with an officer.

I did obey, and sent my peasant home
peasant (n.) servant, fellow, rascal

For certain ducats. He with none returned.

Then fairly I bespoke the officer

To go in person with me to my house.

By the way we met

My wife, her sister, and a rabble more

Of vile confederates. Along with them

They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced villain,

A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
anatomy (n.) 1 body, skeleton, skin and bones
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count
mountebank (n.) itinerant quack, travelling drug-seller, charlatan

A threadbare juggler and a fortune-teller,
juggler (n.) 1 sorcerer, conjuror, magician

A needy, hollow-eyed, sharp-looking wretch,
sharp-looking (adj.) hungry-looking

A living dead man. This pernicious slave,

Forsooth, took on him as a conjuror,
conjuror, conjurer (n.) exorcist, sorcerer, raiser of spirits
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count
take on (v.) 2 assume a role, carry on

And gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse,

And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me,

Cries out I was possessed. Then all together
possessed (adj.) 1 mad, crazy, under demonic control

They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence,

And in a dark and dankish vault at home
dankish (adj.) dank, damp, humid

There left me and my man, both bound together,

Till, gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder,
sunder, in asunder, apart, into pieces

I gained my freedom, and immediately

Ran hither to your grace, whom I beseech

To give me ample satisfaction

For these deep shames and great indignities.


ANGELO

My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him:

That he dined not at home, but was locked out.


DUKE

But had he such a chain of thee, or no?


ANGELO

He had, my lord, and when he ran in here

These people saw the chain about his neck.


SECOND MERCHANT

(to Antipholus of Ephesus)

Besides, I will be sworn these ears of mine

Heard you confess you had the chain of him

After you first forswore it on the mart,
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit See Topics: Frequency count

And thereupon I drew my sword on you;

And then you fled into this abbey here,

From whence I think you are come by miracle.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I never came within these abbey walls,

Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me.

I never saw the chain, so help me heaven,

And this is false you burden me withal.


DUKE

Why, what an intricate impeach is this!
impeach (n.) 1 charge, accusation, indictment

I think you all have drunk of Circe's cup.

If here you housed him, here he would have been.
house (v.) pursue into a house, drive into a house

If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly.
coldly (adv.) 1 calmly, coolly, objectively, rationally

(to Adriana)

You say he dined at home. The goldsmith here

Denies that saying. (to Dromio of Ephesus) Sirrah, what say you?


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Sir, he dined with her there at the Porpentine.


COURTESAN

He did, and from my finger snatched that ring.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her.


DUKE

Sawest thou him enter at the abbey here?


COURTESAN

As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace.


DUKE

Why, this is strange. Go call the Abbesss hither.

I think you are all mated, or stark mad.
mated (adj.) bewildered, confused

Exit one to the Abbess


EGEON

Most mighty Duke, vouchsafe me speak a word.
vouchsafe (v.) 1 allow, permit, grant See Topics: Politeness

Haply I see a friend will save my life
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

And pay the sum that may deliver me.


DUKE

Speak freely, Syracusian, what thou wilt.


EGEON

Is not your name, sir, called Antipholus?

And is not that your bondman Dromio?
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Within this hour I was his bondman, sir,
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave

But he, I thank him, gnawed in two my cords.

Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.


EGEON

I am sure you both of you remember me.


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you,

For lately we were bound as you are now.

You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir?


EGEON

Why look you strange on me? You know me well.
strange (adv.) without recognition, as if a stranger


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I never saw you in my life till now.


EGEON

O, grief hath changed me since you saw me last,

And careful hours with time's deformed hand
careful (adj.) 1 anxious, concerned, worried
deformed (adj.) deforming, disfiguring; or: deformed, disfigured

Have written strange defeatures in my face.
defeature (n.) disfigurement, defacement, loss of beauty

But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice?


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Neither.


EGEON

Dromio, nor thou?


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

No, trust me, sir, nor I.


EGEON

                         I am sure thou dost.


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Ay, sir, but I am sure I do not,

and whatsoever a man denies you are now bound to

believe him.


EGEON

Not know my voice? O time's extremity,
extremity (n.) 3 utmost severity, extreme intensity, hardship

Hast thou so cracked and splitted my poor tongue

In seven short years that here my only son

Knows not my feeble key of untuned cares?

Though now this grained face of mine be hid
grained (adj.) 2 furrowed, lined, wrinkled

In sap-consuming winteres drizzled snow,

And all the conduits of my blood froze up,
conduit (n.) 1 channel, passage, vein

Yet hath my night of life some memory,

My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left,

My dull deaf ears a little use to hear.
dull (adj.) 5 insensitive, incapable of sensation

All these old witnesses, I cannot err,

Tell me thou art my son Antipholus.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I never saw my father in my life.


EGEON

But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy,

Thou knowest we parted. But perhaps, my son,

Thou shamest to acknowledge me in misery.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

The Duke and all that know me in the city

Can witness with me that it is not so.

I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.


DUKE

I tell thee, Syracusian, twenty years

Have I been patron to Antipholus,

During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa.

I see thy age and dangers make thee dote.
dote (v.) become deranged, behave foolishly

Enter Æmilia, the Abbess, with Antipholus of

Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse


ABBESS

Most mighty Duke, behold a man much wronged.

All gather to see them


ADRIANA

I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me.


DUKE

One of these men is genius to the other;
genius (n.) 4 alter ego, second self

And so, of these, which is the natural man,

And which the spirit? Who deciphers them?
decipher (v.) 1 distinguish, make out


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

I, sir, am Dromio. Command him away.


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

I, sir, am Dromio. Pray let me stay.


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Egeon art thou not? or else his ghost.


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

O, my old master – who hath bound him here?


ABBESS

Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds,

And gain a husband by his liberty.

Speak, old Egeon, if thou beest the man

That hadst a wife once called Æmilia,

That bore thee at a burden two fair sons.
burden, burthen (n.) 3 birth, state of pregnancy

O, if thou beest the same Egeon, speak,

And speak unto the same Æmilia.


DUKE

Why, here begins his morning story right.
right (adv.) 2 just, precisely

These two Antipholuses', these two so like,
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

And these two Dromios, one in semblance,
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show

Besides her urging of her wrack at sea –
urging (n.) pressing on the attention, bringing forward
wrack (n.) 2 wreck, loss, shipwreck

These are the parents to these children,

Which accidentally are met together.


EGEON

If I dream not, thou art Æmilia.

If thou art she, tell me, where is that son

That floated with thee on the fatal raft?


AEMELIA

By men of Epidamnum he and I

And the twin Dromio all were taken up.

But by and by rude fishermen of Corinth
rude (adj.) 1 violent, harsh, unkind

By force took Dromio and my son from them,

And me they left with those of Epidamnum.

What then became of them I cannot tell.

I, to this fortune that you see me in.


DUKE

(to Antipholus of Syracuse)

Antipholus, thou camest from Corinth first.


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

No, sir, not I. I came from Syracuse.


DUKE

Stay, stand apart. I know not which is which.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I came from Corinth, my most gracious lord.


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

And I with him.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Brought to this town by that most famous warrior

Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle.


ADRIANA

Which of you two did dine with me today?


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

I, gentle mistress.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind


ADRIANA

                         And are not you my husband?


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

No, I say nay to that.


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

And so do I. Yet did she call me so,

And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,

(To Luciana)
leisure (n.) opportunity, moment, available time

Did call me brother. (To Luciana) What I told you then

I hope I shall have leisure to make good,

If this be not a dream I see and hear.


ANGELO

That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

I think it be, sir. I deny it not.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

And you, sir, for this chain arrested me.


ANGELO

I think I did, sir. I deny it not.


ADRIANA

(to Antipholus of Ephesus)

I sent you money, sir, to be your bail

By Dromio, but I think he brought it not.


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

No, none by me.


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

This purse of ducats I received from you,

And Dromio my man did bring them me.

I see we still did meet each other's man,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

And I was ta'en for him, and he for me,

And thereupon these errors are arose.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

These ducats pawn I for my father here.


DUKE

It shall not need. Thy father hath his life.


COURTESAN

Sir, I must have that diamond from you.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

There, take it, and much thanks for my good cheer.
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink


AEMELIA

Renowned Duke, vouchsafe to take the pains

To go with us into the abbey here,

And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes,
discourse (v.) 2 relate, talk about, recount
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly

And all that are assembled in this place,

That by this sympathized one day's error
sympathized (adj.) 1 in which all have shared, consisting of corresponding elements

Have suffered wrong. Go, keep us company,

And we shall make full satisfaction.

Thirty-three years have I but gone in travail
travail, travel (n.) 4 suffering, torment, distress

Of you, my sons, and till this present hour

My heavy burden ne'er delivered.
deliver (v.) 6 be born, bring forth
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count

The Duke, my husband, and my children both,

And you, the calendars of their nativity,

Go to a gossips' feast, and go with me.
gossip (n.) 1 godparent, baptismal sponsor

After so long grief, such nativity.


DUKE

With all my heart I'll gossip at this feast.
gossip (v.) 1 be a close companion, talk together

Exeunt all but the two Dromios and the

two brothers Antipholus


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

(to Antipholus of Ephesus)
stuff (n.) 6 baggage, belongings, luggage

Master, shall I fetch your stuff from shipboard?


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou embarked?


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Your goods that lay at host, sir, in the Centaur.
host (n.) 2 inn, lodging, place of shelter


ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

He speaks to me – I am your master, Dromio!

Come, go with us, we'll look to that anon.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him.

Exeunt the brothers Antipholus


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

There is a fat friend at your master's house

That kitchened me for you today at dinner.
kitchen (v.) entertain in the kitchen

She now shall be my sister, not my wife!


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Methinks you are my glass, and not my brother.
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

I see by you I am a sweet-faced youth.
sweet-faced (adj.) good-looking, handsome

Will you walk in to see their gossiping?
gossiping (n.) merry-making, joyful meeting


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Not I, sir. You are my elder.


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

That's a question. How shall we try it?


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

We'll draw cuts for the senior. Till then, lead thou first.
draw cuts draw straws, cast lots


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Nay then, thus:

We came into the world like brother and brother,

And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.

Exeunt

 
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