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COMEDY of ERRO
Printed Complete from the TEXT of
SAM. JOHNSON and GEO. STEEVE
And revised from the last Editions,
When Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous focs
DR. SAMUEL JI
Printed for, and under the direction of John Bell, British-Library, STRA
ON THE Fable AND Composition of THE
COMEDY of ERRORS.
Süakster I certainly took the general plan of this comedy from a translation of the Menachmi of Plautus, by W. W. i..e. (according to Wood) William Warner, in 1595, whose version of the acrostical argument is as follows:
“ Two twinne-borne sonnes, a Sicill marchant had, “ Menechmus one, and Sosicles the other ;
" The first his father lost a little lad, « The grandsire namde the latter like his brother:
“ This (growne a man) long travell tooke to seeke “ His brother, and to Epidamnum came,
“ Where th’other dwelt inricht, and him so like, “ That citizens there take him for the same :
" Father, wife, neighbours, each mistaking 'either, " Much pleasant error, ere they meet togither." Perhaps the last of these lines suggested to Shakspere the title for his piece.
In this comedy we find more intricacy of plot than distinc. tion of character; and our attention is less forcibly engaged, because we can guess in great measure how the denoüement
will be brought about Yet the poet seems unwilling to part with his subject, even in this last and unnecessary scene, where the same mistakes are continued, till their power of affording entertainment is entirely lost. STEEVENS.
MEN. SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus. ÆGEON, a Merchant of Syracuse. ANTIPHOL IS of Ephesus,
("Twin-Brothers, and Son's 10 ANTIPHOLIS of Syracuse,
Ageon and Æmilia, but xx.
known to each other, Drom10 of Ephesus, ? Twin-Brothers, and Slaves to ebe
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Faikt, Officers, and other Attendants.
COMEDY of ERR
ACT I. SCENE I.
The Duke's Palace. Enter the Duke of Ephesu
Jailer, and other Attendants.
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no