The Comedy of Errors

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Enter Iuliana, with Antipholus of Siracusia.Enter Luciana with Antipholus of Syracuse CE III.ii.1
And may it be that you haue quite forgot And may it be that you have quite forgot CE III.ii.1
A husbands office? shall Antipholus A husband's office? Shall, Antipholus,office (n.)
task, service, duty, responsibility
CE III.ii.2
Euen in the spring of Loue, thy Loue-springs rot? Even in the spring of love thy love-springs rot?love-springs (n.)

old form: Loue-springs
young shoots of love, youthful growth of love
CE III.ii.3
Shall loue in buildings grow so ruinate? Shall love in building grow so ruinous? CE III.ii.4
If you did wed my sister for her wealth, If you did wed my sister for her wealth, CE III.ii.5
Then for her wealths-sake vse her with more kindnesse: Then for her wealth's sake use her with more kindness; CE III.ii.6
Or if you like else-where doe it by stealth, Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth – like (v.)
CE III.ii.7
Muffle your false loue with some shew of blindnesse: Muffle your false love with some show of blindness.muffle (v.)
hide, conceal, camouflage
CE III.ii.8
false (adj.)
sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
blindness (n.)

old form: blindnesse
concealment, disguise, camouflage
Let not my sister read it in your eye: Let not my sister read it in your eye. CE III.ii.9
Be not thy tongue thy owne shames Orator: Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator.orator (n.)
advocate, spokesman, champion
CE III.ii.10
Looke sweet, speake faire, become disloyaltie: Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty.become (v.)
put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance to
CE III.ii.11
Apparell vice like vertues harbenger: Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger.harbinger (n.)

old form: harbenger
forerunner, herald, precursor
CE III.ii.12
apparel (v.)

old form: Apparell
clothe, dress up, trick out
Beare a faire presence, though your heart be tainted, Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted;taint (v.)
sully, infect, stain
CE III.ii.13
Teach sinne the carriage of a holy Saint, Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint;carriage (n.)
bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour
CE III.ii.14
Be secret false: what need she be acquainted? Be secret-false – what need she be acquainted?secret-false (adj.)

old form: secret false
secretly disloyal, covertly inconstant
CE III.ii.15
What simple thiefe brags of his owne attaine? What simple thief brags of his own attaint?simple (adj.)
foolish, silly, stupid
CE III.ii.16
attaint (n.)

old form: attaine
disgrace, dishonour, corruption
'Tis double wrong to truant with your bed, 'Tis double wrong to truant with your bedtruant (v.)
play truant, be unfaithful
CE III.ii.17
And let her read it in thy lookes at boord: And let her read it in thy looks at board.board (n.)

old form: boord
table, mealtimes
CE III.ii.18
Shame hath a bastard fame, well managed, Shame hath a bastard fame, well managed;fame (n.)
reputation, renown, character
CE III.ii.19
bastard (adj.)
illegitimate, spurious, unauthorized
Ill deeds is doubled with an euill word: Ill deeds is doubled with an evil word.ill (adj.)
evil, wicked, immoral
CE III.ii.20
Alas poore women, make vs not beleeue Alas, poor women, make us but believe –  CE III.ii.21
(Being compact of credit) that you loue vs, Being compact of credit – that you love us.compact (adj.)
made up, composed
CE III.ii.22
credit (n.)
trust, faith, belief
Though others haue the arme, shew vs the sleeue: Though others have the arm, show us the sleeve. CE III.ii.23
We in your motion turne, and you may moue vs. We in your motion turn, and you may move us.motion (n.)
orbit, rhythm of movement
CE III.ii.24
Then gentle brother get you in againe; Then, gentle brother, get you in again.gentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
CE III.ii.25
Comfort my sister, cheere her, call her wise; Comfort my sister, cheer her, call her wife. CE III.ii.26
'Tis holy sport to be a little vaine, 'Tis holy sport to be a little vainsport (n.)
recreation, amusement, entertainment
CE III.ii.27
vain (n.)

old form: vaine
deceptive, false, idle [in using words]
When the sweet breath of flatterie conquers strife. When the sweet breath of flattery conquers strife. CE III.ii.28
Sweete Mistris, what your name is else I know not; Sweet mistress, what your name is else I know not,else (adv.)
CE III.ii.29
Nor by what wonder you do hit of mine: Nor by what wonder you do hit of mine.wonder (n.)
special power, miraculous quality
CE III.ii.30
Lesse in your knowledge, and your grace you show not, Less in your knowledge and your grace you show not CE III.ii.31
Then our earths wonder, more then earth diuine. Than our earth's wonder, more than earth divine. CE III.ii.32
Teach me deere creature how to thinke and speake: Teach me, dear creature, how to think and speak. CE III.ii.33
Lay open to my earthie grosse conceit: Lay open to my earthy gross conceit,earthy (adj.)

old form: earthie
coarse, unrefined, gross
CE III.ii.34
gross (adj.)

old form: grosse
dull, obtuse, ignorant
conceit (n.)
understanding, intelligence, apprehension
Smothred in errors, feeble, shallow, weake, Smothered in errors, feeble, shallow, weak, CE III.ii.35
The foulded meaning of your words deceit: The folded meaning of your words' deceit.folded (adj.)

old form: foulded
hidden, veiled, concealed
CE III.ii.36
Against my soules pure truth, why labour you, Against my soul's pure truth why labour you CE III.ii.37
To make it wander in an vnknowne field? To make it wander in an unknown field? CE III.ii.38
Are you a god? would you create me new? Are you a god? Would you create me new? CE III.ii.39
Transforme me then, and to your powre Ile yeeld. Transform me, then, and to your power I'll yield.power (n.)

old form: powre
control, influence, sway
CE III.ii.40
But if that I am I, then well I know, But if that I am I, then well I know CE III.ii.41
Your weeping sister is no wife of mine, Your weeping sister is no wife of mine, CE III.ii.42
Nor to her bed no homage doe I owe: Nor to her bed no homage do I owe. CE III.ii.43
Farre more, farre more, to you doe I decline: Far more, far more to you do I decline.decline (v.)
incline, lean, bend
CE III.ii.44
Oh traine me not sweet Mermaide with thy note, O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy notemermaid (n.)

old form: Mermaide
CE III.ii.45
train (v.)

old form: traine
lure, entice, decoy
note (n.)
melody, tune, music, song
To drowne me in thy sister floud of teares: To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears. CE III.ii.46
Sing Siren for thy selfe, and I will dote: Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote.Siren (n.)
sea demon of Greek mythology, half bird, half woman, whose music lured sailors to destruction on the rocky shores of her island
CE III.ii.47
Spread ore the siluer waues thy golden haires; Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs CE III.ii.48
And as a bud Ile take thee, and there lie: And as a bed I'll take thee, and there lie, CE III.ii.49
And in that glorious supposition thinke, And in that glorious supposition thinksupposition (n.)
notion, opinion, belief
CE III.ii.50
He gaines by death, that hath such meanes to die: He gains by death that hath such means to die. CE III.ii.51
Let Loue, being light, be drowned if she sinke. Let love, being light, be drowned if she sink. CE III.ii.52
What are you mad, that you doe reason so? What, are you mad, that you do reason so?reason (v.)
talk, speak, converse
CE III.ii.53
Not mad, but mated, how I doe not know. Not mad, but mated. How I do not know.mated (adj.)
bewildered, confused
CE III.ii.54
It is a fault that springeth from your eie. It is a fault that springeth from your eye. CE III.ii.55
For gazing on your beames faire sun being by. For gazing on your beams, fair sun, being by. CE III.ii.56
Gaze when you should, and that will cleere your sight. Gaze where you should, and that will clear your sight. CE III.ii.57
As good to winke sweet loue, as looke on night. As good to wink, sweet love, as look on night.wink (v.)

old form: winke
shut one's eyes
CE III.ii.58
Why call you me loue? Call my sister so. Why call you me ‘ love ’? Call my sister so. CE III.ii.59
Thy sisters sister. Thy sister's sister. CE III.ii.60.1
That's my sister. That's my sister. CE III.ii.60.2
No: No, CE III.ii.60.3
it is thy selfe, mine owne selfes better part: It is thyself, mine own self's better part, CE III.ii.61
Mine eies cleere eie, my deere hearts deerer heart; Mine eye's clear eye, my dear heart's dearer heart, CE III.ii.62
My foode, my fortune, and my sweet hopes aime; My food, my fortune, and my sweet hope's aim, CE III.ii.63
My sole earths heauen, and my heauens claime. My sole earth's heaven, and my heaven's claim. CE III.ii.64
All this my sister is, or else should be. All this my sister is, or else should be. CE III.ii.65
Call thy selfe sister sweet, for I am thee: Call thyself sister, sweet, for I am thee. CE III.ii.66
Thee will I loue, and with thee lead my life; Thee will I love, and with thee lead my life. CE III.ii.67
Thou hast no husband yet, nor I no wife: Thou hast no husband yet, nor I no wife. CE III.ii.68
Giue me thy hand. Give me thy hand. CE III.ii.69.1
Oh soft sir, hold you still: O, soft, sir, hold you still.still (adj.)
silent, quiet
CE III.ii.69.2
soft (int.)
[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quiet
Ile fetch my sister to get her good will.• Exit.I'll fetch my sister to get her good will. CE III.ii.70

Exit CE III.ii.70
Enter Dromio, Siracusia.Enter Dromio of Syracuse CE III.ii.71
Why how now Dromio, Why, how now, Dromio. CE III.ii.71
where run'st thou so fast? Where runnest thou so fast? CE III.ii.72
Doe you know me sir? Am I Do you know me, sir? Am I CE III.ii.73
Dromio? Am I your man? Am I my selfe? Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself? CE III.ii.74
Thou art Dromio, thou Thou art, Dromio. Thou CE III.ii.75
art my man, thou art thy selfe. art my man, thou art thyself. CE III.ii.76
I am an asse, I am a womans I am an ass, I am a woman's CE III.ii.77
man, and besides my selfe. man, and besides myself. CE III.ii.78
What womans man? and What woman's man? And CE III.ii.79
how besides thy selfe? how besides thyself? CE III.ii.80
Marrie sir, besides my selfe, I am Marry, sir, besides myself I ammarry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
CE III.ii.81
due to a woman: One that claimes me, one that haunts due to a woman. One that claims me, one that haunts CE III.ii.82
me, one that will haue me. me, one that will have me. CE III.ii.83
What claime laies she to What claim lays she to CE III.ii.84
thee? thee? CE III.ii.85
Marry sir, such claime as you Marry, sir, such claim as you CE III.ii.86
would lay to your horse, and she would haue me as a would lay to your horse; and she would have me as a CE III.ii.87
beast, not that I beeing a beast she would haue me, beast – not that, I being a beast, she would have me, CE III.ii.88
but that she being a verie beastly creature layes claime but that she, being a very beastly creature, lays claim CE III.ii.89
to me. to me. CE III.ii.90
What is she? What is she? CE III.ii.91
A very reuerent body: I such A very reverent body – ay, such CE III.ii.92
a one, as a man may not speake of, without he say sir reuerence, a one as a man may not speak of without he say ‘ sir-reverence.’ sir-reverence (n.)

old form: sir reuerence
save your reverence
CE III.ii.93
I haue but leane lucke in the match, and yet I have but lean luck in the match, and yetlean (adj.)

old form: leane
slight, mean, poor
CE III.ii.94
is she a wondrous fat marriage. is she a wondrous fat marriage. CE III.ii.95
How dost thou meane a fat How dost thou mean, a fat CE III.ii.96
marriage? marriage? CE III.ii.97
Marry sir, she's the Kitchin Marry, sir, she's the kitchen CE III.ii.98
wench, & al grease, and I know not what vse to put wench, and all grease; and I know not what use to putwench (n.)
girl, lass
CE III.ii.99
her too, but to make a Lampe of her, and run from her by her to but to make a lamp of her and run from her by CE III.ii.100
her owne light. I warrant, her ragges and the Tallow in her own light. I warrant her rags and the tallow intallow (n.)
CE III.ii.101
warrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
them, will burne a Poland Winter: If she liues till doomesday, them will burn a Poland winter. If she lives till doomsdayPoland (adj.)
CE III.ii.102
she'l burne a weeke longer then the whole World. she'll burn a week longer than the whole world. CE III.ii.103
What complexion is she What complexion is shecomplexion (n.)
appearance, look, colouring
CE III.ii.104
of? of? CE III.ii.105
Swart like my shoo, but her face Swart like my shoe, but her faceswart, swarth (adj.)
swarthy, dusky, of dark complexion
CE III.ii.106
nothing like so cleane kept: for why? she sweats a man nothing like so clean kept. For why? She sweats a man CE III.ii.107
may goe ouer-shooes in the grime of it. may go overshoes in the grime of it.overshoes, over-shoes (adv.)

old form: o-uer-shooes
deep enough to cover the shoes
CE III.ii.108
That's a fault that water That's a fault that water CE III.ii.109
will mend. will mend. CE III.ii.110
No sir, 'tis in graine, Noahs No, sir, 'tis in grain. Noah'sgrain, in

old form: graine
inherent, ingrained, indelible
CE III.ii.111
flood could not do it. flood could not do it. CE III.ii.112
What's her name? What's her name? CE III.ii.113
Nell Sir: but her name is Nell, sir; but her name and CE III.ii.114
three quarters, that's an Ell and three quarters, will three quarters – that's an ell and three quarters – willell (n.)
measure of length [45 inches / c.114 cm in England]
CE III.ii.115
not measure her from hip to hip. not measure her from hip to hip. CE III.ii.116
Then she beares some Then she bears some CE III.ii.117
bredth? breadth? CE III.ii.118
No longer from head to foot, No longer from head to foot CE III.ii.119
then from hippe o hippe: she is sphericall, like a globe: I than from hip to hip. She is spherical, like a globe. I CE III.ii.120
could find out Countries in her. could find out countries in her. CE III.ii.121
In what part of her body In what part of her body CE III.ii.122
stands Ireland? stands Ireland? CE III.ii.123
Marry sir in her buttockes, I Marry, sir, in her buttocks. I CE III.ii.124
found it out by the bogges. found it out by the bogs. CE III.ii.125
Where Scotland? Where Scotland? CE III.ii.126
I found it by the barrennesse, I found it by the barrenness,barrenness (n.)

old form: barrennesse
area [of skin] worn dry and bare
CE III.ii.127
hard in the palme of the hand. hard in the palm of the hand. CE III.ii.128
Where France? Where France? CE III.ii.129
In her forhead, arm'd In her forehead, armed and CE III.ii.130
and reuerted, making warre against her heire. reverted, making war against her heir.reverted (adj.)

old form: reuerted
revolted, in rebellion, mutinied
CE III.ii.131
Where England? Where England? CE III.ii.132
I look'd for the chalkle Cliffes, I looked for the chalky cliffs, CE III.ii.133
but I could find no whitenesse in them. But I guesse, it but I could find no whiteness in them. But I guess it CE III.ii.134
stood in her chin by the salt rheume that ranne betweene stood in her chin, by the salt rheum that ran betweensalt (adj.)
[of a cold] bitter, intense, heavy
CE III.ii.135
rheum (n.)

old form: rheume
watery discharge, seepage [especially of the eyes]
France, and it. France and it. CE III.ii.136
Where Spaine? Where Spain? CE III.ii.137
Faith I saw it not: but I felt Faith, I saw it not, but I felt CE III.ii.138
it hot in her breth. it hot in her breath. CE III.ii.139
Where America, the Indies? Where America, the Indies?Indies (n.)
the East Indies, thought of as a region of great wealth
CE III.ii.140
Oh sir, vpon her nose, all ore O, sir, upon her nose, all o'er CE III.ii.141
embellished with Rubies, Carbuncles, Saphires, declining embellished with rubies, carbuncles, sapphires, decliningdecline (v.)
incline, lean, bend
CE III.ii.142
carbuncle (n.)
fiery red precious stone
their rich Aspect to the hot breath of Spaine, who their rich aspect to the hot breath of Spain, whoaspect (n.)
[of objects] sight, appearance
CE III.ii.143
sent whole Armadoes of Carrects to be ballast at her nose. sent whole armadoes of carracks to be ballast at her nose.armado (n.)
armada, fleet, navy
CE III.ii.144
carrack, carack (n.)

old form: Carrects
galleon, large merchant ship, also fitted out for war
Where stood Belgia, the Where stood Belgia, theBelgia (n.)
[before 1609] present-day Netherlands, Belgium, and parts of nearby France
CE III.ii.145
Netherlands? Netherlands?Netherland (n.)
[before 1609] present-day Netherlands, Belgium, and parts of nearby France
CE III.ii.146
Oh sir, I did not looke so low. O, sir, I did not look so low. CE III.ii.147
To conclude, this drudge or Diuiner layd claime to mee, To conclude, this drudge, or diviner laid claim to me,diviner (n.)

old form: Diuiner
witch, sorceress, magician
CE III.ii.148
call'd mee Dromio, swore I was assur'd to her, told me called me Dromio, swore I was assured to her, told meassured (adj.)

old form: assur'd
betrothed, engaged
CE III.ii.149
what priuie markes I had about mee, as the marke of my what privy marks I had about me, as the mark of mymark (n.)

old form: marke
birthmark, discolouration, blemish
CE III.ii.150
privy (adj.)

old form: priuie
secret, personal, private
shoulder, the Mole in my necke, the great Wart on my shoulder, the mole in my neck, the great wart on my CE III.ii.151
left arme, that I amaz'd ranne from her as a witch. left arm, that I, amazed, ran from her as a witch. CE III.ii.152
And I thinke, if my brest had not beene made of faith, and my heart of steele, And I think if my breast had not been made of faith, and my heart of steel, CE III.ii.153
she had transform'd me to a Curtull dog, & made me turne i'th wheele. She had transformed me to a curtal dog, and made me turn i'the wheel.turn (v.)

old form: turne
spin round, whirl about, go round and round
CE III.ii.154
curtal (adj.)

old form: Curtull
with a docked tail; common, household
Go hie thee presently, post to the rode, Go hie thee presently. Post to the (v.)
hasten, speed, ride fast
CE III.ii.155
presently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
road (n.)

old form: rode
harbour, anchorage, roadstead
hie (v.)
hasten, hurry, speed
And if the winde blow any way from shore, An if the wind blow any way from shorean if (conj.)
CE III.ii.156
I will not harbour in this Towne to night. I will not harbour in this town tonight.harbour (v.)
lodge, stay, shelter
CE III.ii.157
If any Barke put forth, come to the Mart, If any bark put forth, come to the mart,mart (n.)
CE III.ii.158
bark, barque (n.)

old form: Barke
ship, vessel
Where I will walke till thou returne to me: Where I will walk till thou return to me. CE III.ii.159
If euerie one knowes vs, and we know none, If everyone knows us, and we know none, CE III.ii.160
'Tis time I thinke to trudge, packe, and be gone. 'Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack, and be gone.pack (v.)

old form: packe
take [oneself] off, be off, depart
CE III.ii.161
As from a Beare a man would run for life, As from a bear a man would run for life, CE III.ii.162
So flie I from her that would be my wife. So fly I from her that would be my wife. CE III.ii.163
ExitExit CE III.ii.163
There's none but Witches do inhabite heere, There's none but witches do inhabit here, CE III.ii.164
And therefore 'tis hie time that I were hence: And therefore 'tis high time that I were hence. CE III.ii.165
She that doth call me husband, euen my soule She that doth call me husband, even my soul CE III.ii.166
Doth for a wife abhorre. But her faire sister Doth for a wife abhor. But her fair sister, CE III.ii.167
Possest with such a gentle soueraigne grace, Possessed with such a gentle sovereign grace,sovereign (adj.)

old form: soueraigne
excellent, excelling, superlative
CE III.ii.168
gentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
Of such inchanting presence and discourse, Of such enchanting presence and discourse,presence (n.)
appearance, bearing, demeanour
CE III.ii.169
discourse (n.)
conversation, talk, chat
Hath almost made me Traitor to my selfe: Hath almost made me traitor to myself. CE III.ii.170
But least my selfe be guilty to selfe wrong, But lest myself be guilty to self-wrong, CE III.ii.171
Ile stop mine eares against the Mermaids song. I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song.mermaid (n.)
CE III.ii.172
stop (v.)
stop up, close (up), shut
Enter Angelo with the Chaine.Enter Angelo with the chain CE III.ii.173
Mr Antipholus. Master Antipholus. CE III.ii.173.1
I that's my name. Ay, that's my name. CE III.ii.173.2
I know it well sir, loe here's the chaine, I know it well, sir. Lo, here's the chain. CE III.ii.174
I thought to haue tane you at the Porpentine, I thought to have ta'en you at the Porpentine.take (v.)

old form: tane
overtake, encounter, meet up with
CE III.ii.175
porpentine (n.)
The chaine vnfinish'd made me stay thus long. The chain unfinished made me stay thus long.stay (v.)
linger, tarry, delay
CE III.ii.176
What is your will that I shal do with this? What is your will that I shall do with this? CE III.ii.177
What please your selfe sir: I haue made it for you. What please yourself, sir. I have made it for you. CE III.ii.178
Made it for me sir, I bespoke it not. Made it for me, sir! I bespoke it not.bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke
ask for, order, request
CE III.ii.179
Not once, nor twice, but twentie times you haue: Not once, nor twice, but twenty times you have. CE III.ii.180
Go home with it, and please your Wife withall, Go home with it, and please your wife withal, CE III.ii.181
And soone at supper time Ile visit you, And soon at supper-time I'll visit you, CE III.ii.182
And then receiue my money for the chaine. And then receive my money for the chain. CE III.ii.183
I pray you sir receiue the money now. I pray you, sir, receive the money now, CE III.ii.184
For feare you ne're see chaine, nor mony more. For fear you ne'er see chain nor money more. CE III.ii.185
You are a merry man sir, fare you well.You are a merry man, sir. Fare you well.fare ... well (int.)
goodbye [to an individual]
CE III.ii.186
Exit.Exit CE III.ii.186
What I should thinke of this, I cannot tell: What I should think of this I cannot tell. CE III.ii.187
But this I thinke, there's no man is so vaine, But this I think: there's no man is so vainvain (adj.)

old form: vaine
foolish, silly, stupid
CE III.ii.188
That would refuse so faire an offer'd Chaine. That would refuse so fair an offered chain. CE III.ii.189
I see a man heere needs not liue by shifts, I see a man here needs not live by shifts,shift (n.)
stratagem, contriving, trick
CE III.ii.190
When in the streets he meetes such Golden gifts: When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. CE III.ii.191
Ile to the Mart, and there for Dromio stay, I'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay;mart (n.)
CE III.ii.192
If any ship put out, then straight away.If any ship put out, then straight away!straight (adv.)
straightaway, immediately, at once
CE III.ii.193
Exit.Exit CE III.ii.193
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