The Comedy of Errors
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Enter Antipholis Erotes, a Marchant, and Enter Antipholus of Syracuse, First Merchant, and CE I.ii.1.1
Dromio.Dromio of Syracuse CE I.ii.1.2
Mer.FIRST MERCHANT 
Therefore giue out you are of Epidamium, Therefore give out you are of Epidamnum CE I.ii.1
Lest that your goods too soone be confiscate: Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate.too (adv.)veryCE I.ii.2
This very day a Syracusian Marchant This very day a Syracusian merchant CE I.ii.3
Is apprehended for a riuall here, Is apprehended for arrival here, CE I.ii.4
And not being able to buy out his life, And, not being able to buy out his life,buy out (v.)redeem, pay ransom to / forCE I.ii.5
According to the statute of the towne, According to the statute of the town CE I.ii.6
Dies ere the wearie sunne set in the West: Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. CE I.ii.7
There is your monie that I had to keepe. There is your money that I had to keep. CE I.ii.8
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE  
(to Dromio of Syracuse)Centaur (n.)creature with the upper half of a man and the rear legs of a horse; reputed for bestial behaviourCE I.ii.9
host (v.)lodge, stay, put up
Goe beare it to the Centaure, where we host, Go, bear it to the Centaur, where we host, CE I.ii.9
And stay there Dromio, till I come to thee; And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. CE I.ii.10
Within this houre it will be dinner time, Within this hour it will be dinner-time. CE I.ii.11
Till that Ile view the manners of the towne, Till that I'll view the manners of the town,manner (n.)(plural) ways of life, social conditionsCE I.ii.12
Peruse the traders, gaze vpon the buildings, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings,peruse (v.)reconnoitre, scout out, surveyCE I.ii.13
And then returne and sleepe within mine Inne, And then return and sleep within mine inn; CE I.ii.14
For with long trauaile I am stiffe and wearie. For with long travel I am stiff and weary. CE I.ii.15
Get thee away. Get thee away. CE I.ii.16
Dro.DROMIO OF SYRACUSE 
Many a man would take you at your word, Many a man would take you at your word CE I.ii.17
And goe indeede, hauing so good a meane. And go indeed, having so good a mean.mean (n.)
old form: meane
means, way, method
CE I.ii.18
Exit Dromio.Exit CE I.ii.18
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
A trustie villaine sir, that very oft, A trusty villain, sir, that very oft,oft (adv.)oftenCE I.ii.19
villain (n.)
old form: villaine
serf, servant, bondman
When I am dull with care and melancholly, When I am dull with care and melancholy, CE I.ii.20
Lightens my humour with his merry iests: Lightens my humour with his merry jests.humour (n.)mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]CE I.ii.21
What will you walke with me about the towne, What, will you walk with me about the town, CE I.ii.22
And then goe to my Inne and dine with me? And then go to my inn and dine with me? CE I.ii.23
E.Mar.FIRST MERCHANT 
I am inuited sir to certaine Marchants, I am invited, sir, to certain merchants, CE I.ii.24
Of whom I hope to make much benefit: Of whom I hope to make much benefit.benefit (n.)profit, gain, returnCE I.ii.25
I craue your pardon, soone at fiue a clocke, I crave your pardon. Soon at five o'clock,crave (v.)
old form: craue
beg, entreat, request
CE I.ii.26
Please you, Ile meete with you vpon the Mart, Please you, I'll meet with you upon the mart,mart (n.)marketCE I.ii.27
And afterward consort you till bed time: And afterward consort you till bedtime.afterward (adv.)afterwardsCE I.ii.28
consort (v.)accompany, attend, go with
My present businesse cals me from you now. My present business calls me from you now.present (adj.)pressing, urgentCE I.ii.29
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
Farewell till then: I will goe loose my selfe, Farewell till then. I will go lose myselflose oneself (v.)
old form: loose selfe
roam about, wander around
CE I.ii.30
And wander vp and downe to view the Citie. And wander up and down to view the city. CE I.ii.31
E.Mar.FIRST MERCHANT 
Sir, I commend you to your owne content. Sir, I commend you to your own content.commend (v.)commit, entrust, hand overCE I.ii.32
Exeunt.Exit CE I.ii.32
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
He that commends me to mine owne content, He that commends me to mine own contentcontent (n.)pleasure, satisfaction, happinessCE I.ii.33
commend (v.)commit, entrust, hand over
Commends me to the thing I cannot get: Commends me to the thing I cannot get. CE I.ii.34
I to the world am like a drop of water, I to the world am like a drop of water CE I.ii.35
That in the Ocean seekes another drop, That in the ocean seeks another drop, CE I.ii.36
Who falling there to finde his fellow forth, Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,fellow (n.)counterpart, match, equalCE I.ii.37
find forth (v.)
old form: finde
seek out, encounter, meet with
(Vnseene, inquisitiue) confounds himselfe. Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself.confound (v.)mix up, become indistinguishableCE I.ii.38
inquisitive (adj.)
old form: inquisitiue
eager for information, seeking knowledge
unseen (adj.)
old form: Vnseene
unknown, unnoticed, unobserved
So I, to finde a Mother and a Brother, So I, to find a mother and a brother, CE I.ii.39
In quest of them (vnhappie a) loose my selfe. In quest of them unhappy, lose myself.unhappy (adj.)
old form: vnhappie
unlucky, unfortunate, ill-fated
CE I.ii.40
Enter Dromio of Ephesus.Enter Dromio of Ephesusdate (n.)ageCE I.ii.41
almanac (n.)
old form: almanacke
calendar, register
Here comes the almanacke of my true date: Here comes the almanac of my true date. CE I.ii.41
What now? How chance thou art return'd so soone. What now? How chance thou art returned so soon?chance (v.)happen [to], transpire, come aboutCE I.ii.42
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
Return'd so soone, rather approacht too late: Returned so soon? Rather approached too late. CE I.ii.43
The Capon burnes, the Pig fals from the spit; The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit. CE I.ii.44
The clocke hath strucken twelue vpon the bell: The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell; CE I.ii.45
My Mistris made it one vpon my cheeke: My mistress made it one upon my cheek. CE I.ii.46
She is so hot because the meate is colde: She is so hot because the meat is cold.hot (adj.)hot-tempered, angry, passionateCE I.ii.47
The meate is colde, because you come not home: The meat is cold because you come not home. CE I.ii.48
You come not home, because you haue no stomacke: You come not home because you have no stomach.stomach (n.)
old form: stomacke
appetite, desire [for food]
CE I.ii.49
You haue no stomacke, hauing broke your fast: You have no stomach, having broke your fast. CE I.ii.50
But we that know what 'tis to fast and pray, But we that know what 'tis to fast and pray CE I.ii.51
Are penitent for your default to day. Are penitent for your default today.default (n.)offence, fault, misdeedCE I.ii.52
penitent (adj.)undergoing penance
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
Stop in your winde sir, tell me this I pray? Stop in your wind, sir. Tell me this, I pray:wind, stop in your
old form: winde
hold your breath, shut up
CE I.ii.53
Where haue you left the mony that I gaue you. Where have you left the money that I gave you? CE I.ii.54
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
Oh sixe pence that I had a wensday last, O, sixpence, that I had o' Wednesday last CE I.ii.55
To pay the Sadler for my Mistris crupper: To pay the saddler for my mistress' crupper.crupper (n.)leather saddle-strap on a horseCE I.ii.56
The Sadler had it Sir, I kept it not. The saddler had it, sir. I kept it not. CE I.ii.57
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
I am not in a sportiue humor now: I am not in a sportive humour now.humour (n.)
old form: humor
mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
CE I.ii.58
Tell me, and dally not, where is the monie? Tell me, and dally not: where is the money? CE I.ii.59
We being strangers here, how dar'st thou trust We being strangers here, how darest thou trust CE I.ii.60
So great a charge from thine owne custodie. So great a charge from thine own custody?charge (n.)task, responsibility, dutyCE I.ii.61
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
I pray you iest sir as you sit at dinner: I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner. CE I.ii.62
I from my Mistris come to you in post: I from my mistress come to you in post.post, inin haste, at top speedCE I.ii.63
If I returne I shall be post indeede. If I return I shall be post indeed,post (n.)door-postCE I.ii.64
For she will scoure your fault vpon my pate: For she will score your fault upon my pate.scour (v.)
old form: scoure
beat, punish, scourge
CE I.ii.65
Me thinkes your maw, like mine, should be your cooke, Methinks your maw, like mine, should be your clockmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
old form: Me thinkes
it seems /seemed to me
CE I.ii.66
maw (n.)belly, stomach; throat, gullet
And strike you home without a messenger. And strike you home without a messenger. CE I.ii.67
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
Come Dromio, come, these iests are out of season, Come, Dromio, come, these jests are out of season.season, out of (adj./adv.)inopportune, inappropriate, ill-timedCE I.ii.68
Reserue them till a merrier houre then this: Reserve them till a merrier hour than this. CE I.ii.69
Where is the gold I gaue in charge to thee? Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee?charge (n.)task, responsibility, dutyCE I.ii.70
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
To me sir? why you gaue no gold to me? To me, sir? Why, you gave no gold to me! CE I.ii.71
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
Come on sir knaue, haue done your foolishnes, Come on, sir knave, have done your foolishness,knave (n.)
old form: knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
CE I.ii.72
have done
old form: haue
put an end to, stop
And tell me how thou hast dispos'd thy charge. And tell me how thou hast disposed thy charge.dispose (v.)
old form: dispos'd
place, distribute, organize
CE I.ii.73
charge (n.)money entrusted, valuables
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
My charge was but to fetch you frõ the Mart My charge was but to fetch you from the martcharge (n.)task, responsibility, dutyCE I.ii.74
mart (n.)market
Home to your house, the Phoenix sir, to dinner; Home to your house, the Phoenix, sir, to dinner. CE I.ii.75
My Mistris and her sister staies for you. My mistress and her sister stays for you. CE I.ii.76
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
Now as I am a Christian answer me, Now, as I am a Christian, answer me CE I.ii.77
In what safe place you haue bestow'd my monie; In what safe place you have bestowed my money,bestow (v.)
old form: bestow'd
stow away, dispose of
CE I.ii.78
Or I shall breake that merrie sconce of yours Or I shall break that merry sconce of yoursbreak (v.)
old form: breake
crack, split, beat
CE I.ii.79
sconce (n.)[jocular] head, pate, bonce
That stands on tricks, when I am vndispos'd: That stands on tricks when I am undisposed.stand on (v.)practise, give (oneself) over toCE I.ii.80
undisposed (adj.)
old form: vndispos'd
not in the mood, indisposed
Where is the thousand Markes thou hadst of me? Where is the thousand marks thou hadst of me?mark (n.)accounting unit in England (value: two-thirds of a pound)CE I.ii.81
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
I haue some markes of yours vpon my pate: I have some marks of yours upon my pate,pate (n.)head, skullCE I.ii.82
Some of my Mistris markes vpon my shoulders: Some of my mistress' marks upon my shoulders, CE I.ii.83
But not a thousand markes betweene you both. But not a thousand marks between you both. CE I.ii.84
If I should pay your worship those againe, If I should pay your worship those again,again (adv.)
old form: againe
in return, back [in response]
CE I.ii.85
Perchance you will not beare them patiently. Perchance you will not bear them patiently.perchance (adv.)perhaps, maybeCE I.ii.86
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
Thy Mistris markes? what Mistris slaue hast thou? Thy mistress' marks? What mistress, slave, hast thou? CE I.ii.87
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
Your worships wife, my Mistris at the Phoenix; Your worship's wife, my mistress at the Phoenix; CE I.ii.88
She that doth fast till you come home to dinner: She that doth fast till you come home to dinner, CE I.ii.89
And praies that you will hie you home to dinner. And prays that you will hie you home to dinner.hie (v.)hasten, hurry, speedCE I.ii.90
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
What wilt thou flout me thus vnto my face What, wilt thou flout me thus unto my face,flout (v.)insult, abuse, mockCE I.ii.91
Being forbid? There take you that sir knaue. Being forbid? There, take you that, sir knave. CE I.ii.92
He beats Dromio CE I.ii.93
E.Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
What meane you sir, for God sake hold your hands: What mean you, sir? For God's sake hold your hands. CE I.ii.93
Nay, and you will not sir, Ile take my heeles. Nay, an you will not, sir, I'll take my heels.heels, take my
old form: heeles
take to my heels, run away
CE I.ii.94
Exeunt Dromio Ep.Exit CE I.ii.94
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE 
Vpon my life by some deuise or other, Upon my life, by some device or otherdevice (n.)
old form: deuise
plot, stratagem, trick
CE I.ii.95
The villaine is ore-wrought of all my monie. The villain is o'er-raught of all my money.overreach, over-reach (v.), past form overraught
old form: ore-wrought
outwit, outdo, cheat
CE I.ii.96
villain (n.)
old form: villaine
scoundrel, rogue, rascal
They say this towne is full of cosenage: They say this town is full of cozenage,cozenage (n.)
old form: cosenage
cheating, trickery, deception
CE I.ii.97
As nimble Iuglers that deceiue the eie: As nimble jugglers that deceive the eye, CE I.ii.98
Darke working Sorcerers that change the minde: Dark-working sorcerers that change the mind, CE I.ii.99
Soule-killing Witches, that deforme the bodie: Soul-killing witches that deform the body, CE I.ii.100
Disguised Cheaters, prating Mountebankes; Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,mountebank (n.)
old form: Mountebankes
itinerant quack, travelling drug-seller, charlatan
CE I.ii.101
prating (adj.)prattling, chattering, blathering
And manie such like liberties of sinne: And many suchlike liberties of sin.liberty (n.)unrestrained act, improper licence, reckless freedomCE I.ii.102
If it proue so, I will be gone the sooner: If it prove so, I will be gone the sooner. CE I.ii.103
Ile to the Centaur to goe seeke this slaue, I'll to the Centaur to go seek this slave. CE I.ii.104
I greatly feare my monie is not safe.I greatly fear my money is not safe. CE I.ii.105
Exit.Exit CE I.ii.105
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