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The Comedy of Errors

Act IV, Scene 1

A public place.
 
[Enter Second Merchant, ANGELO, and an Officer]
 
SECOND MERCHANT
            ,           ,      ,         ,        ,
      You know | since Pen|tecost | the sum | is due,
            ,         ,          ,            ,    ,
      And since | I have | not much | impor/tuned you,
           ,             ,    ,         ,        ,
      Nor now | I had / not, but | that I | am bound
          ,               ,    ,    ,     2      ,
      To Per|sia, and / want guil|ders for my | voyage:
        T   T     T     ,         ,     ,
      Therefore make | present | satis|faction,
           ,        ,         ,         ,    ,
      Or I'll | attach | you by | this of|ficer.
 
ANGELO
      ,        ,         ,         ,       ,    2
      Even | just the | sum that | I do | owe to you,
           ,            ,  ,      ,     ,
      Is grow|ing to / me by | Anti|pholus,
           ,        ,         ,       ,          ,
      And in | the in|stant that | I met | with you
          ,        ,       ,          ,        ,
      He had | of me | a chain,| at five | o'clock
          ,         ,          ,      ,          ,
      I shall | receive | the mo|ney for | the same:
        ,              ,          ,     ,             ,
      Pleaseth | you walk | with me | down to | his house,
          ,          ,          ,          ,          ,
      I will | discharge | my bond,| and thank | you too.
 
[Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus and DROMIO of Ephesus from the courtezan's]
 
OFFICER
            ,      ,          ,     ,               ,
      That la|bor may | you save:| see where | he comes.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
            ,    ,   2        T    T      T          ,
      While I | go to the | goldsmith's house,| go thou
           ,         ,      ,     ,                 ,
      And buy | a rope's | end: that / will I | bestow
         ,         ,         ,        ,     ,
      Among | my wife | and her | confe|derates,
            ,       ,    ,            ,         ,
      For lock|ing me | out of | my doors | by day.
            ,       ,          ,           ,           ,
      But soft | I see | the gold|smith*; get | thee gone,
       ,             ,          ,          ,        ,
      Buy thou | a rope | and bring | it home | to me.
 
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
I buy a thousand pound a year, I buy a rope.
 
[Exit]
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
         ,         ,          ,           ,         ,
      A man | is well | holp^up | that trusts | to you:
         ,     ,          ,          ,          ,
      I pro|mised | your pre|sence, and | the chain,
           ,         ,           ,           ,        ,
      But nei|ther chain | nor gold|smith* came | to me.
          ,           ,            ,            ,          ,
      Belike | you thought | our love | would last | too long,
       ,   2          ,        ,          2       ,          ,
      If it were | chained to|gether:| and therefore | came^not.
 
ANGELO
       ,             ,      ,         ,           ,
      Saving | your mer|ry hu|mor: here's | the note
            ,           ,        ,     2       T  T    Tx
      How much | your chain | weighs to the | utmost carat,
            ,    ,    2        ,           ,          ,
      The fine|ness of the | gold, and | chargeful | fashion,
              ,       ,          ,          ,        ,
      Which doth | amount | to three | odd^du|cats more
           ,     ,     ,                ,      ,
      Than I | stand debt/ed to | this gen|tleman,
          ,         ,         ,       ,         ,
      I pray | you see | him pre|sently | discharged,
           ,        ,         ,         ,            x
      For he | is bound | to sea, and stays | but for it.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
       2    ,     ,            ,         ,         ,
      I am not | furnished | with the | present | money:
          ,         ,          ,         ,         ,
      Besides | I have | some bus|iness in | the town,
             ,          ,          ,        ,        ,
      Good* sig|nior, take | the stran|ger to | my house,
            ,          ,          ,          ,         ,
      And with | you take | the chain | and bid | my wife
           ,          ,     ,           ,           ,
      Disburse | the sum | on the | receipt | thereof,
            ,         ,         ,          ,        ,
      Perchance | I will | be there | as soon | as you.
 
ANGELO
            ,           ,           ,         ,          ,
      Then you | will bring | the chain | to her | yourself?
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
              x           ,         ,       2      ,       ,
      No* bear it | with you,| lest^I | come^not time | enough.
 
ANGELO
        ,            ,      ,     2        ,       ,
      Well sir,| I will?| Have you the | chain a|bout you?
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
           ,    2      ,         ,     T   T    T
      And if | I have not | sir, I | hope you have:
           ,         ,        ,         ,          ,     2->
      Or else | you may | return | without | your mo||ney.
 
ANGELO
             ,        ,         ,      ,             ,
      Nay* come | I pray | you sir,| give me | the chain:
             ,          ,      ,               ,      ,
      Both^wind | and tide | stays for | this gen|tleman,
          ,        ,            ,          ,          ,
      And I | to blame | have held | him here | too long.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
             ,         ,          ,    2     ,       ,
      Good Lord,| you use | this dal|liance to | excuse
              ,         ,        ,        ,       ,
      Your breach | of pro|mise to | the Por|pentine,
      ,                 ,     ,              ,        ,
      I should | have chid | you for | not bring|ing it,
            ,         ,          ,        ,         ,
      But like | a shrew | you first | begin | to brawl.
 
SECOND MERCHANT
            ,            ,       ,         ,         ,
      The hour | steals^on,| I pray | you sir | dispatch.
 
ANGELO
       ,    ,              ,      ,              ,
      You hear / how he | impor|tunes me,| the chain.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
              x      ,        ,           ,           ,
      Why give it | to my | wife, and | fetch your | money.
 
ANGELO
        T     T    T      ,        ,        ,         ,
      Come, come, you | know I | gave it | you e|ven^now.
       ,         ,           ,         ,        ,         ,
      Either | send the | chain or | send me | by some | token. (hex with prev)
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
       ,              ,          ,      ,          ,
      Fie, now | you run | this hu|mor out | of breath,
        ,                 ,         ,         ,          x
      Come where's^|the chain,| I pray | you let | me see it.
 
SECOND MERCHANT
          ,         ,        ,           ,      ,
      My bus|iness can|not brook | this dal|liance.
        ,         ,    ,                 ,    2         ,
      Good sir | say, whe/ther you'll | answer me,| or no:
          ,           ,          ,        ,    ,
      If not,| I'll leave | him to | the of|ficer.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
         ,       ,      ,              ,       ,
      I an|swer you?| What should | I an|swer you.
 
ANGELO
           ,       ,         ,        ,          ,
      The mo|ney that | you owe | me for | the chain.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
         ,          ,      ,          ,           ,
      I owe | you none,| till I | receive | the chain.
 
ANGELO
            ,        ,        ,      T   .   T    T
      You know | I gave | it you | half an hour since.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
            ,         ,          ,          ,        ,       2->
      You gave | me none,| you wrong | me much | to say || so.
 
ANGELO
            ,          ,         ,      ,      ,
      You wrong | me more | sir in | deny|ing it.
          ,      ,          ,       ,          x
      Consi|der how | it stands | upon | my credit.
 
SECOND MERCHANT
            ,    ,        ,         ,        ,
      Well^of|ficer,| arrest | him at | my suit.
 
OFFICER
I do, and charge you in the duke's name to obey me.
 
ANGELO
            ,        ,       ,    ,       o
      This tou|ches me | in re|puta|tion.
       ,            ,        ,          ,         ,
      Either | consent | to pay | this sum | for me
         ,       ,         ,         ,    ,
      Or I | attach | you by | this of|ficer.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
           ,        ,           ,       ,      ,
      Consent | to pay | thee that | I ne|ver had:
          ,         ,        ,        ,          ,
      Arrest | me, foo|lish fel|low, if | thou darst.
 
ANGELO
        ,            ,        ,         ,    ,
      Here is | thy fee,| arrest | him of|ficer.
          ,           ,         ,        ,          ,
      I would | not spare | my bro|ther in | this case,
          ,            ,         ,      ,      ,
      If he | should scorn | me so | appa|rently.
 
OFFICER
         ,       ,         ,          ,          ,
      I do | arrest | you sir,| you hear | the suit.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
      ,        ,            ,        ,           ,
      I do | obey | thee, till | I give | thee bail.
           ,        ,           ,           ,          ,
      But sir|rah, you | shall buy | this sport | as dear,
          ,         ,    3  3       ,          ,
      As all | the me|tal in your shop | will an|swer.
 
ANGELO
      <- ,      T   T   T           ,       ,     ,
        Sir,|| sir, I shall | have law | in E|phesus,
       ,           ,   2     ,         ,         ,
      To your | noto|rious shame,| I doubt | it not.
 
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
       ,          ,          ,       ,    ,  2
      Master,| there's a | bark of | Epi|damium
             ,      ,              ,       ,        ,
      That stays | but till | her ow|ner comes | aboard,
            ,       2      ,       ,           ,         ,
      And then | sir she bears | away.| Our fraugh|tage sir,
      ,             ,        ,         ,           ,
      I have | conveyed | aboard,| and I | have bought
           ,         ,     ,        ,    2   ,
      The oil,| the bal|samum | and a|qua-vitae.
            ,        ,         ,         ,       ,
      The ship | is in | her trim,| the mer|ry wind
              ,           ,           ,           ,         ,
      Blows^fair | from land:| they stay | for nought | at all,
       ,               ,       ,        ,          ,
      But for | their ow|ner, mas|ter, and | yourself.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
           ,       ,         ,          ,         ,
      How now?| A mad|man*? Why | thou pee|vish sheep
             ,       ,    ,   2    ,          ,
      What ship | of E|pida|mium stays | for me?
 
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
          ,          ,        ,        ,     ,
      A ship | you sent | me to,| to hire | waftage.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
             ,        ,         ,          ,        ,
      Thou drun|ken slave,| I sent | thee for | a rope,
            ,          ,         ,         ,          ,
      And told | thee to | what pur|pose, and | what end.
 
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
            ,        ,         ,      ,        __
      You sent | me for | a rope's | end as | soon,
            ,        ,        ,          ,        ,
      You sent | me to | the bay | sir, for | a bark.
 
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
      ,     2     ,          ,            ,     ,
      I will de|bate this | matter | at more | leisure
            ,            ,         ,                ,    ,
      And teach | your ears | to list | me with / more heed:
         ,    ,     ,        ,             ,
      To A|dria|na vil|lain hie | thee straight:
        ,              ,          ,         ,         ,
      Give her | this key,| and tell | her in | the desk
              ,        ,           ,       ,     ,
      That's co|vered ore | with Turk|ish ta|pestry,
        ,     2      ,         ,        ,          ,
      There is a | purse of | ducats,| let her | send it:
        ,        ,         ,       ,          ,
      Tell her | I am | arres|ted in | the street,
            ,            ,         ,           ,          ,
      And that | shall bail | me: hie | thee slave,| be gone.
          ,    ,        ,         ,         ,
      On^of|ficer | to pri|son, till | it come.
 
[Exeunt Second Merchant, Angelo, Officer, and Antipholus of Ephesus]
 
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
         ,    ,       ,         ,          ,
      To A|dria|na, that | is where | we dined,
             ,     ,          ,      ,    2       ,
      Where Dow|sabel | did claim | me for her | husband:
       ,    2       ,        ,         ,       ,
      She is too*| big I | hope for | me to | compass,
       ,            ,         ,         ,          ,
      Thither | I must,| although | against | my will:
           ,          ,           ,          ,          ,
      For ser|vants must | their mas|ters' minds | fulfill.
 
[Exit]

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