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Dro. E. Why, sir, I gave the money for the Establish him in his true sense again. rope.

An I will please you


will demand. Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks ! rope?

Court. Mark, how he trembles in his ecstasy! Dro. E. I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your rate.

pulse. Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your

home? Dro. E. To a rope's-end, sir; and to that end Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, housed within this am I returned.

man, Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome To yield possession to my holy prayers, you.

[Beating him. And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight: Offi. Good sir, be patient.

I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. Dro. E. Nay, 't is for me to be patient; I am Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not in adversity.

mad. Offi. Good now, hold thy tongue.

Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distresséd Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his

soul ! hands.

Ant. E. You, minion, you, are these your cusAnt. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain !

tomers ? Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I Did this companion with the saffron face might not feel your blows.

Revel and feast it at my house to-day, Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, and so is an ass.

And I denied to enter in my house ? Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove

it Adr. O husband, God doth know you dined at by my long ears. I have served him from the hour

home, of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at Where 'would you had remained until this time, his hands for my service but blows. When I am Free from these slanders and this open

shame! cold, he heats me with beating: when I am warm, Ant. E. Dined at home! Thou villain, what he cools me with beating. I am waked with it

say'st thou ? when I sleep; raised with it when I sit; driven Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at out of doors with it when I go from home; wel

home. comed home with it when I return. Nay, I bear Ant. E. Were not my doors locked up, and I it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat; and

shut out? I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with Dro. E. Perdy, your doors were locked, and it from door to door.


shut out.

Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the Courtesan,

there? with PINCH and others.

Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself reviled you Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming

there. yonder.

Ant. E. Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your

and scorn me? end; or rather the prophesy, like the parrot, “Be- Dro. E. Certes, she did; the kitchen-vestal ware the rope's-end.”

scorned you. Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ?

[Beats him.

Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from Court. How say you now? is not your husband

thence? mad?

Dro. E. In verity you did: my bones bear Adr. His incivility confirms no less.

witness, Good Doctor Pinch, you are a conjuror;

That since have felt the vigor of his rage.


me forth

Adr. Is 't good to soothe him in these contra- I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them ries?

To make a rescue ? Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his Offi. Masters, let him go : vein,

He is my prisoner, and thou shalt not have him. And, yielding to him, humors well his frenzy. Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too. Ant. E. Thou hast suborned the goldsmith to Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer? arrest me.

Hast thou delight to see a wretched man Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, Do outrage and displeasure to himself? By Drumio here, who came in haste for it.

Offi. He is my prisoner: if I let him go, Dro. E. Money by me? Heart and good-will The debt he owes will be required of me. you might,

Adr. I will discharge thee ere I go from thee: But surely, master, not a rag of money.

Bear me forthwith unto his creditor, Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it. ducats ?

Good master Doctor, see him safe conveyed Adr. He came to me, and I delivered it. Home to my house. — O most unhappy day! Lic. And I am witness with her that she did. Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet ! Dro. E. God and the rope-maker bear me wit- Dro. E. Master, I am here entered in bond for

you. That I was sent for nothing but a rope !

Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is pos

thou mad me? sessed;

Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? Be I know it by their pale and deadly looks:

mad, They must be bound and laid in some dark room. Good master; cry, the devil. Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock

Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they to-day,

talk ! And why dost thou deny the bag of gold?

Adr. Go, bear him hence. Sister, go you with Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth.

Dro. E. And, gentle master, I received no gold; [Exeunt PINCH and Assistants, with ANTIPHOLUS But I confess, sir, that we were locked out.

of Ephesus and DROMIO of Ephesus. Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false in Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? both.

Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith : do you know Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in

him ? all;

Adr. I know the man. What is the sum he And art confederate with a damned pack, To make a loathsome, abject scorn of me:

Offi. Two hundred ducats. But with these nails I'll pluck out these false Adr. Say, how grows it due ? eyes,

Offi. Due for a chain your husband had of That would behold me in this shameful sport.

him. [Pinch and his Assistants bind ANTIPHOLUS Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it of Ephesus and DROMIO of Ephesus.

not. Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not come Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to

day Pinch. More company: the fiend is strong with. Came to my house and took away my ring in him.

(The ring I saw upon his finger now), Luc. Ah me, poor man, how pale and wan he Straight after did I meet him with a chain. looks!

Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it.Ant. E. What, wilt thou murder me? Thou Come, jailor, bring me where the goldsmith is; jailor, thou, I long to know the truth hereof at large.


owes ?

near me.

Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff drawn, and DROMIO of Syracuse.

from thence :

I long that we were safe and sound aboard. Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. Dro. S. Faith, stay here this night; they will Adr. And come with naked swords ; let's call surely do us no harm; you saw they speak us fair, more help,

give us gold. Methinks they are such a gentle To have them bound again.

nation, that, but for the mountain of mad filesh that Offi. Away; they'll kill us !

claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to [Exeunt Officer, ADRIANA, and LUCIANA. stay here still, and turn witch. Ant. S. I see these witches are afraid of swords. Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the town; Dro. S. She that would be your wife, now ran Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. [Exeunt.

from you.


SCENE I. - A public Place.

Ant. S. I think I had: I never did deny it.

Mer. Yes, that you did, sir; and forswore it too. Enter Merchant and ANGELO.

Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it or forswear Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have hindered you;

it? But I protest he had the chain of me,

Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.

thee. Mer. How is the man esteemed here in the Fie on thee, wretch! 't is pity that thou liv'st city ?

To walk where


honest men resort. Ang. Of very reputation, sir;

Ant. S. Thou art a villain to impeach me thus : Of credit infinite, highly beloved,

I'll prove mine honor and mine honesty Second to none that lives here in the city; Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. His word might bear my wealth at any time. Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he

[They draw walks.

Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, Courtesan, and others. Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse.

Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is Ang. 'T is so; and that self chain about his

mad : neck

Some get within him, take his sword away: Which he forswore, most monstrously to have. . Bind Drumio too, and bear them to my house. Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.- Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake, take Signior Antipholus, I wonder much

a house. That


would put me to this shame and trouble; This is some priory: in, or we are spoiled. And not without soine scandal to yourself,

[Exeunt ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse and With circumstance and oaths, so to deny

DROMIO of Syracuse, to the Priory. This chain, which now you wear so openly:

Enter the Abbess. Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, You have done wrong to this my honest friend; Abb. Be quiet, people : wherefore throng you Who, but for staying on our controversy,

hither? Had hoisted sail and put to sea to-day.

Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband This chain you had of me; can you deny it?

hence :

Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?
And bear him home for his recovery.

In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest,
Ang. I know he was not in his perfect wits. To be disturbed, would mad or man or beast:
Mer. I am sorry now that I did draw on him. The consequence is, then, thy jealous fits
Abb. How long hath this possession held the Have scared thy husband from the use of wits

Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad, When he demeaned himself rough, rude, and And much, much different from the man he was;

wildly.But, till this afternoon, his passion

Why bear

you these rebukes, and answer not? Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck Good people, enter, and lay hold on him. at sea ?

Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. Buried some dear friend ? Hath not else his eye Adr. Then let your servants bring my husband Strayed his affection in unlawful love?

forth. A sin prevailing much in youthful men,

Abb. Neither: he took this place for sanctuary, Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing. And it shall privilege him from your hands, Which of these sorrows is he subject to?

Till I have brought him to his wits again,
Adr. To none of these, except it be the last; Or lose my labor in assaying it.
Namely, some love that drew him oft from home. Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,

Abb. You should for that have reprehended him. Diet his sickness, - for it is my office,
Adr. Why, so I did.

And will have no attorney but myself;
Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.

And therefore let me have him home with me. Adr. As roughly as my modesty would let me. Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, Alb. Haply, in private.

Till I have used the approved means that I have, Adr. And in assemblies too.

With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, Alb. Ay, but not enough.

To make of him a formal man again : Adr. It was the copy of our conference: It is a branch and parcel of mine oath, In bed, he slept not for my urging it;

A charitable duty of mine order; At board, he fed not for my urging it;

Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband In company, I often glancéd it;

here; Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

And ill it doth beseem your holiness Abb. And therefore came it that the man was To separate the husband and the wife. mad:

Abb. Be quiet, and depart; thou shalt not have The venom clamors of a jealous woman


[E.cit Abbess. Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. Luc. Complain unto the Duke of this indignity. It seems his sleeps were hindered by thy railing : Adr. Come, go : I will fall prostrate at his feet, And therefore comes it that his head is light. And never rise until my tears and prayers Thou say'st his meat was sauced with thy upbraid- Have won his grace to come in person hither, ings:

And take perforce my husband from the Abbess. Unquiet meals make ill digestions,

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five : Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;

Anon, I'm sure, the Duke himself in person And what's a fever but a fit of madness? Come this way to the melancholy vale,Thou say'st his sports were hindered by thy brawls : The place of death and sorry execution, Sweet recreation barred, what doth ensue

Behind the ditches of the abbey here. But moody and dull Melancholy

Ang. Upon what cause? (Kinsman to grim and comfortless Despair); Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop Who put unluckily into this bay


[Cry within.

Against the laws and statutes of this town, And bid the Lady Abbess come to me;
Beheaded publicly for his offense.

I will determine this before I stir.
Ang. See where they come; we will behold his

Enter a Servant. Death. Luc. Kneel to the Duke before he pass the abbey. Serv. O mistress, mistress, shift and save your

self! Enter DUKE, attended; Ægeon, bareheaded; with My master and his man are both broke loose, the Headsman and other Officers.

Beaten the maids a-row, and bound the doctor,

Whose beard they have singed off with brands of Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, If any friend will pay the sum for him,

And ever as it blazed, they threw on him He shall not die; so much we tender him. Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair: Adr. Justice, most sacred Duke, against the My master preaches patience to him, while Abbess!

His man with scissors nicks him like a fool : Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady; And sure, unless you send some present help, It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong. Between them they will kill the conjurer. • Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, my Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are husband,

here; Whom I made lord of me and all I had,

And that is false thou dost report to us. At your important letters, - this ill day

Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true : A most outrageous fit of madness took him; I have not breathed almost since I did see it. That desperately he hurried through the street He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, (With him his bondman all as mad as he), To scorch your face, and to disfigure you: Doing displeasure to the citizens, By rushing in their houses, bearing thence Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress; fly, begone! Rings, jewels, anything his rage did like.

Duke. Come, stand by me; fear nothing. Once did I get him bound, and sent him home,

Guard with halberds. Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went,

Adr. Ah me, it is my husband !

Witness you That here and there his fury had committed. That he is borne about invisible : Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,

Even now we housed him in the abbey here; He broke from those that had the guard of him; And now he's there, past thought of human reason. And, with his mad attendant and himself, Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords, Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Ephesus Met us again, and, madly bent on us, Chased us away; till, raising of more aid,

Ant. E. Justice, most gracious Duke! Ob, We came again to bind them : then they fled

grant me justice, Into this abbey, whither we pursued them; Even for the service that long since I did thee, And here the Abbess shuts the gates on us,

When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took And will not suffer us to fetch him out,

Deep scars to save thy life : even for the blood Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence. That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. Therefore, most gracious Duke, with thy command, Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for help.

dote, Duke. Long since thy husband served me in my I see my son Antipholus and Dromio. wars ;

Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that wo, And I to thee engaged a prince's word,

man there : When thou didst make him master of thy bed, She, whom thou gav'st to me to be


wife: To do him all the grace and good I could. - That hath abuséd and dishonored me, Go some of you, knock at the abbey-gate,

Even in the strength and height of injury !

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