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Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, When he demean’d himself rough, rude, and wildly.Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? 91
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof,-
forth. Abb. Neither: he took this place for sanctuary, And it shall privilege him from your hands, 'Till I have brought him to his wits again, Or lose my labour in assaying it.
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, 100 Diet his sickness, for it is my office; And will have no attorney but myself; And therefore let me have him home with me.
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, 'Till I have us'd the approved means I have, With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, To make of him a formal man again : It is a branch and parcel of mine oath, A charitable duty of my order; Therefore de part, and leave him here with me.
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here; And ill it doth beseem your holiness, To separate the husband and the wife.
Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have him. Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.
[Exit Abbess. Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet,
And never rise until my tears and prayers
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five :.
Ang. Upon what cause ?
Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant,
Headsman and other Oficers.
Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the abbess!
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady;
(With him his bondman, all as mad as he), Doing displeasure to the citizens By rushing in their houses, bearing thence Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like. Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went, That here and there his fury had committed. Anon, I wot not by what strong escape, 150 He broke from those that had the guard of him: And, with his mad attendant and himself, Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords, Met us again, and, madly bent on us, Chac'd 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,
159 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. Duke. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in my
Enter a Messenger. Mess. O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself!
My master and his man are both broke loose, 171
Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are here;
Mess. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true;
Enter ANTIPHOLIS and DROMIO of Ephesus.
Ægeon. Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,
Duke, Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.
Duķe. A grievous fault: Say, woman, did'st thou so?
Adr. No, my good lord;--myself, he, and my sister, To-day did dine together: So befall my soul, As this is false, he burdens me withal !
Luc. Ne’er may I look on day, nor sleep on night, But she tells to your highness simple truth!
Ang. O perjur'd woman! They are both forsworn. In this the madman justly chargeth them.
E. Ant. My liege, I am advised what I say; Neither disturb’d with the effect of wine, Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner: 200 That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with her, Could witness it, for he was with me then, Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, Promising to bring it to the Porcupine, Where Balthazar and I did dine together,