The Comedy of Errors
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Enter a Merchant, Goldsmith, and Enter Second Merchant, Angelo the goldsmith, and CE IV.i.1.1
an Officer.an Officer CE IV.i.1.2
Mar.SECOND MERCHANT 
You know since Pentecost the sum is due, You know since Pentecost the sum is due, CE IV.i.1
And since I haue not much importun'd you, And since I have not much importuned you;importune (v.)
old form: importun'd
urge, press
CE IV.i.2
Nor now I had not, but that I am bound Nor now I had not, but that I am bound CE IV.i.3
To Persia, and want Gilders for my voyage: To Persia, and want guilders for my voyage.guilder (n.)gold coin used in parts of EuropeCE IV.i.4
want (v.)require, demand, need
Therefore make present satisfaction, Therefore make present satisfaction,present (adj.)immediate, instantCE IV.i.5
satisfaction (n.)payment [of a debt]
Or Ile attach you by this Officer. Or I'll attach you by this officer.attach (v.)arrest, seize, apprehendCE IV.i.6
Gold.ANGELO 
Euen iust the sum that I do owe to you, Even just the sum that I do owe to youjust (adv.)
old form: iust
exactly, precisely
CE IV.i.7
Is growing to me by Antipholus, Is growing to me by Antipholus,grow (v.)arise, come into existenceCE IV.i.8
And in the instant that I met with you, And in the instant that I met with you CE IV.i.9
He had of me a Chaine, at fiue a clocke He had of me a chain. At five o'clock CE IV.i.10
I shall receiue the money for the same: I shall receive the money for the same. CE IV.i.11
Pleaseth you walke with me downe to his house, Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house, CE IV.i.12
I will discharge my bond, and thanke you too. I will discharge my bond, and thank you, too.bond (n.)deed, contract, pledgeCE IV.i.13
Enter Antipholus Ephes. Dromio Enter Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus, CE IV.i.14.1
from the Courtizans.from the Courtesan'scourtesan, courtezan (n.)prostitute, strumpetCE IV.i.14.2
Offi.OFFICER 
That labour may you saue: See where he comes. That labour may you save. See where he comes. CE IV.i.14
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
While I go to the Goldsmiths house, go thou While I go to the goldsmith's house, go thou CE IV.i.15
And buy a ropes end, that will I bestow And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow CE IV.i.16
Among my wife, and their confederates, Among my wife and her confederates CE IV.i.17
For locking me out of my doores by day: For locking me out of my doors by day. CE IV.i.18
But soft I see the Goldsmith; get thee gone, But soft, I see the goldsmith. Get thee gone;soft (int.)[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quietCE IV.i.19
Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me. Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me. CE IV.i.20
Dro.DROMIO OF EPHESUS 
I buy a thousand pound a yeare, I buy a rope. I buy a thousand pound a year, I buy a rope. CE IV.i.21
Exit DromioExit CE IV.i.21
Eph.Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
A man is well holpe vp that trusts to you, A man is well holp up that trusts to you. CE IV.i.22
I promised your presence, and the Chaine, I promised your presence and the chain, CE IV.i.23
But neither Chaine nor Goldsmith came to me: But neither chain nor goldsmith came to me. CE IV.i.24
Belike you thought our loue would last too long Belike you thought our love would last too longbelike (adv.)probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seemsCE IV.i.25
If it were chain'd together: and therefore came not. If it were chained together, and therefore came not. CE IV.i.26
Gold.ANGELO 
Sauing your merrie humor: here's the note Saving your merry humour, here's the notesaving (prep.)
old form: Sauing
with respect to
CE IV.i.27
humour (n.)
old form: humor
mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
How much your Chaine weighs to the vtmost charect, How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat,utmost (adj.)
old form: vtmost
last, final
CE IV.i.28
The finenesse of the Gold, and chargefull fashion, The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion,chargeful (adj.)
old form: chargefull
costly, expensive, lavish
CE IV.i.29
fashion (n.)workmanship, craftsmanship, execution
Which doth amount to three odde Duckets more Which doth amount to three odd ducats moreducat (n.)gold (sometimes silver) coin used in several European countriesCE IV.i.30
Then I stand debted to this Gentleman, Than I stand debted to this gentleman.debted (adj.)in debt, indebted, obligatedCE IV.i.31
I pray you see him presently discharg'd, I pray you see him presently discharged,presently (adv.)immediately, instantly, at onceCE IV.i.32
discharge (v.)
old form: discharg'd
pay, reimburse, settle with
For he is bound to Sea, and stayes but for it. For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it.but (adv.)merely, onlyCE IV.i.33
Anti.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
I am not furnish'd with the present monie: I am not furnished with the present money;present (adj.)ready, available, immediately accessibleCE IV.i.34
furnish (v.)
old form: furnish'd
provide, supply, possess
Besides I haue some businesse in the towne, Besides, I have some business in the town. CE IV.i.35
Good Signior take the stranger to my house, Good signor, take the stranger to my house, CE IV.i.36
And with you take the Chaine, and bid my wife And with you take the chain, and bid my wife CE IV.i.37
Disburse the summe, on the receit thereof, Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof. CE IV.i.38
Perchance I will be there as soone as you. Perchance I will be there as soon as you.perchance (adv.)perhaps, maybeCE IV.i.39
Gold.ANGELO 
Then you will bring the Chaine to her your selfe. Then you will bring the chain to her yourself. CE IV.i.40
Anti.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
No beare it with you, least I come not time enough. No, bear it with you lest I come not time enough.time enoughin time, soon enoughCE IV.i.41
Gold.ANGELO 
Well sir, I will? Haue you the Chaine about you? Well, sir, I will. Have you the chain about you? CE IV.i.42
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
And if I haue not sir, I hope you haue: An if I have not, sir, I hope you have;an if (conj.)ifCE IV.i.43
Or else you may returne without your money. Or else you may return without your money. CE IV.i.44
Gold.ANGELO 
Nay come I pray you sir, giue me the Chaine: Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the chain. CE IV.i.45
Both winde and tide stayes for this Gentleman, Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman, CE IV.i.46
And I too blame haue held him heere too long. And I, too blame, have held him here too long.blame (adj.)blameworthy, culpable, guiltyCE IV.i.47
Anti.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
Good Lord, you vse this dalliance to excuse Good Lord! You use this dalliance to excusedalliance (n.)idle talk, fooling about, waste of timeCE IV.i.48
Your breach of promise to the Porpentine, Your breach of promise to the Porpentine. CE IV.i.49
I should haue chid you for not bringing it, I should have chid you for not bringing it,chide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveCE IV.i.50
But like a shrew you first begin to brawle. But like a shrew you first begin to brawl.shrew (n.)vexatious person, troubleseome individual [of either sex]CE IV.i.51
Mar.SECOND MERCHANT 
The houre steales on, I pray you sir dispatch. The hour steals on. I pray you, sir, dispatch.dispatch, despatch (v.)hurry up, be quickCE IV.i.52
Gold.ANGELO 
You heare how he importunes me, the Chaine. You hear how he importunes me. The chain!importune (v.)urge, pressCE IV.i.53
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
Why giue it to my wife, and fetch your mony. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch your money. CE IV.i.54
Gold.ANGELO 
Come, come, you know I gaue it you euen now. Come, come. You know I gave it you even now. CE IV.i.55
Either send the Chaine, or send me by some token. Either send the chain, or send me by some token.token (n.)sign, evidence, markCE IV.i.56
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
Fie, now you run this humor out of breath, Fie, now you run this humour out of breath.humour (n.)
old form: humor
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
CE IV.i.57
breath (n.)easy breathing, power to breathe
Come where's the Chaine, I pray you let me see it. Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me see it. CE IV.i.58
Mar.SECOND MERCHANT 
My businesse cannot brooke this dalliance, My business cannot brook this dalliance.dalliance (n.)idle talk, fooling about, waste of timeCE IV.i.59
Good sir say, whe'r you'l answer me, or no: Good sir, say whe'er you'll answer me or no.answer (v.)pay, repay, requiteCE IV.i.60
If not, Ile leaue him to the Officer. If not, I'll leave him to the officer. CE IV.i.61
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
I answer you? What should I answer you. I answer you? What should I answer you?answer (v.)pay, repay, requiteCE IV.i.62
Gold.ANGELO 
The monie that you owe me for the Chaine. The money that you owe me for the chain. CE IV.i.63
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
I owe you none, till I receiue the Chaine. I owe you none till I receive the chain. CE IV.i.64
Gold.ANGELO 
You know I gaue it you halfe an houre since. You know I gave it you half an hour since. CE IV.i.65
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
You gaue me none, you wrong mee much to say so. You gave me none. You wrong me much to say so. CE IV.i.66
Gold.ANGELO 
You wrong me more sir in denying it. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it. CE IV.i.67
Consider how it stands vpon my credit. Consider how it stands upon my credit.stand upon (v.)
old form: vpon
concern, be of importance to
CE IV.i.68
Mar.SECOND MERCHANT 
Well Officer, arrest him at my suite. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.suit (n.)
old form: suite
formal request, entreaty, petition
CE IV.i.69
Offi.OFFICER 
I do, I do, CE IV.i.70
and charge you in the Dukes name to obey me. And charge you in the Duke's name to obey me. CE IV.i.71
Gold.ANGELO 
This touches me in reputation. This touches me in reputation.touch (v.)stain, taint, infectCE IV.i.72
Either consent to pay this sum for me, Either consent to pay this sum for me, CE IV.i.73
Or I attach you by this Officer. Or I attach you by this officer.attach (v.)arrest, seize, apprehendCE IV.i.74
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
Consent to pay thee that I neuer had: Consent to pay thee that I never had? CE IV.i.75
Arrest me foolish fellow if thou dar'st. Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou darest. CE IV.i.76
Gold.ANGELO 
Heere is thy fee, arrest him Officer. Here is thy fee – arrest him, officer. CE IV.i.77
I would not spare my brother in this case, I would not spare my brother in this case CE IV.i.78
If he should scorne me so apparantly. If he should scorn me so apparently.apparently (adv.)
old form: apparantly
blatantly, openly, flagrantly
CE IV.i.79
Offic.OFFICER 
I do arrest you sir, you heare the suite. I do arrest you, sir. You hear the suit.suit (n.)
old form: suite
formal request, entreaty, petition
CE IV.i.80
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
I do obey thee, till I giue thee baile. I do obey thee till I give thee bail. CE IV.i.81
But sirrah, you shall buy this sport as deere, But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dearsport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentCE IV.i.82
sirrah (n.)sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]
As all the mettall in your shop will answer. As all the metal in your shop will answer.answer (v.)pay, repay, requiteCE IV.i.83
Gold.ANGELO 
Sir, sir, I shall haue Law in Ephesus, Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, CE IV.i.84
To your notorious shame, I doubt it not. To your notorious shame, I doubt it not. CE IV.i.85
Enter Dromio Sira. from the Bay.Enter Dromio of Syracuse, from the bay CE IV.i.86.1
Dro.DROMIO OF SYRACUSE 
Master, there's a Barke of Epidamium, Master, there's a bark of Epidamnumbark, barque (n.)
old form: Barke
ship, vessel
CE IV.i.86
Epidamnum (n.)[pron: epi'damnum] town on the coast of Illyricum (Dalmatia), Adriatic Sea
That staies but till her Owner comes aboord, That stays but till her owner comes aboard,stay (v.)
old form: staies
linger, tarry, delay
CE IV.i.87
And then sir she beares away. Our fraughtage sir, And then she bears away. Our fraughtage, sir,fraughtage (n.)luggage, freight, cargoCE IV.i.88
bear away (v.)
old form: beares
leave, sail away
I haue conuei'd aboord, and I haue bought I have conveyed aboard, and I have bought CE IV.i.89
The Oyle, the Balsamum, and Aqua-vitae. The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitae.aqua-vitae (n.)
old form: Aqua-vitae
spirits, alcohol, strong drink, brandy
CE IV.i.90
balsamum (n.)
old form: Balsamum
balm, balsam, aromatic oil
The ship is in her trim, the merrie winde The ship is in her trim; the merry windmerry (adj.)
old form: merrie
[of winds] favourable, helpful, advantageous
CE IV.i.91
trim (n.)readiness to sail, full preparedness
Blowes faire from land: they stay for nought at all, Blows fair from land. They stay for naught at all CE IV.i.92
But for their Owner, Master, and your selfe. But for their owner, master, and yourself. CE IV.i.93
An.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
How now? a Madman? Why thou peeuish sheep How now? A madman? Why, thou peevish sheep,peevish (adj.)
old form: peeuish
silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive
CE IV.i.94
What ship of Epidamium staies for me. What ship of Epidamnum stays for me? CE IV.i.95
S.Dro.DROMIO OF SYRACUSE 
A ship you sent me too, to hier waftage. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.waftage (n.)passage, conveyance by waterCE IV.i.96
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
Thou drunken slaue, I sent thee for a rope, Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a rope, CE IV.i.97
And told thee to what purpose, and what end. And told thee to what purpose, and what end.purpose (n.)intention, aim, planCE IV.i.98
S.Dro.DROMIO OF SYRACUSE 
You sent me for a ropes end as soone, You sent me for a rope's end as soon. CE IV.i.99
You sent me to the Bay sir, for a Barke. You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark. CE IV.i.100
Ant.ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS 
I will debate this matter at more leisure I will debate this matter at more leisure, CE IV.i.101
And teach your eares to list me with more heede: And teach your ears to list me with more heed. CE IV.i.102
To Adriana Villaine hie thee straight: To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight.straight (adv.)straightaway, immediately, at onceCE IV.i.103
hie (v.)hasten, hurry, speed
Giue her this key, and tell her in the Deske Give her this key, and tell her in the desk CE IV.i.104
That's couer'd o're with Turkish Tapistrie, That's covered o'er with Turkish tapestry CE IV.i.105
There is a purse of Duckets, let her send it: There is a purse of ducats. Let her send it. CE IV.i.106
Tell her, I am arrested in the streete, Tell her I am arrested in the street, CE IV.i.107
And that shall baile me: hie thee slaue, be gone, And that shall bail me. Hie thee, slave. Be gone. CE IV.i.108
On Officer to prison, till it come.On, officer; to prison, till it come. CE IV.i.109
ExeuntExeunt all but Dromio of Syracuse CE IV.i.109
S.Dromio.DROMIO OF SYRACUSE 
To Adriana, that is where we din'd, To Adriana. That is where we dined, CE IV.i.110
Where Dowsabell did claime me for her husband, Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband.Dowsabel (n.)
old form: Dowsabell
sweetheart, lady-love
CE IV.i.111
She is too bigge I hope for me to compasse, She is too big, I hope, for me to compass.compass (v.)
old form: compasse
embrace, enfold
CE IV.i.112
Thither I must, although against my will: Thither I must, although against my will; CE IV.i.113
For seruants must their Masters mindes fulfill. For servants must their masters' minds fulfil. CE IV.i.114
ExitExit CE IV.i.114
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