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Dro. S. Why, fir, I brought you word an hour since, that the bark Expedition put forth to-night; and then were you hindered by the sergeant, to carry for the hoy, Delay : Here are the angels that you sent for, to deliver you.
Ant. S. The fellow is distract, and so am I; . And here we wander in illusions ; Some blessed power deliver us from hence!
Enter a Courtezan.
Cour. Well met, well met, master Antipholus. I see, sir, you have found the goldsmith now: Is that the chain, you promis'd me to-day? Ant. S. Satan, avoid! I charge thee tempt me
not! Dro. S. Master, is this mistress Satan? Ant. S. It is the devil.
Dro. S. Nay, she is worse, she is the devil's dam; and here she comes in the habit of a light wench; and thereof comes, that the wenches say, God damn me, that's as much as to say, God make me a light wench. It is written, they appear to men like angels of light : light is an effect of fire, and fire will burn; ergo, light wenches will burn; Come not near her. Cour. Your man and you are marvellous, merry,
fir. Will you go with me? We'll mend our dinner
here." Dro. S. Master, if you do expect spoon-meat, or bespeak a long spoon.
7 We'll mend our dinner here.] i. e. by purchasing something ad. ditional in the adjoining market. Malone.
: if you do expeët spoon-meat, or bespeak a long Spoon.] The
· Ant. S. Why, Dromio?
Dro. S. Marry, he must have a long spoon, that must eat with the devil. Ant. S. Avoid then, fiend! what tell'st thou me
of supping?.. Thou art, as you are all, a sorceress: I conjure thee to leave me, and be gone. Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at
dinner, Or, for my diamond, the chain you promis'd; And I'll be gone, fir, and not trouble you. Dro. S. Some devils ask but the paring of one's
nail, A rush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin, A nut, a cherry-stone; but she, more covetous, Would have a chain. Master, be wise; an' if you give it her, The devil will shake her chain, and fright us with
it. Cour. I pray you, fir, my ring, or else the chain; I hope, you do not mean to cheat me fo.
paffage is wrong pointed, and the or, a mistake for and:
Cour. We'll mend our dinner here.
Dro. S. Master, if you do, expect spoon meat, and bespeak a long spoon. Ritson.
Is the old copy you is accidentally omitted. It was supplied by the editor of the second folio. I believe some other words were • parked over by the compofitor, perhaps of this import:_ " if
you do expect spoon-meat, either stay away, or befpeak a long spoon."
The proverb mentioned afterwards by Dromio, is again alluded to in The Tempeft. See Vol. III. p. 81, n. 5. MALONE.
I a drop of blood,] So, in The Witch by Middleton, when a spirit descends, Hecate exclaims
“ There's one come downe to fetch his dues,
Ang. S. Avaunt, thou witch! Come Dromio, let
us go. Dro. S. Fly pride, says the peacock: Mistress, that you know.
Exeunt Ant. and Dro. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad, Else would he never so demean himself: A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats, And for the same he promis'd me a chain; Both one, and other, he denies me now The reason that I gather he is mad, (Besides this present instance of his rage, Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner, Of his own doors being shut against his entrance. Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits, On purpose shut the doors against his way. My way is now, to hie home to his house, And tell his wife, that, being lunatick, He rush'd into my house, and took perforce My ring away: This course I fittest choose ; For forty ducats is too much to lose.
Enter AntiphOLUS of Ephesus, and an Officer.
Enter Dromio of Ephesus with a rope's end. Here comes my man; I think, he brings the money. How now, sir? have you that I sent you for? Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay
them all.8 Ant. E. But where's the money? Dro. E. Why, fir, I gave the money for the
rope. Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a
rope? Dro. E. I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the
rate. Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee home?
Dro. E. To a rope's end, sir; and to that end am I return’d.
8 will pay them all.] i. e. serve to hit, ftrike, correct them all. So, in Twelfth Night : “ He pays you as surely as your feet hit the ground they step on." STEEVENS.
Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome you.
[beating him. Off. Good fir, be patient.
Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in adversity.
Off. Good now, hold thy tongue.
Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his hands.
Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain !
Dro. E. I would I were senseless, fir, that I might not feel your blows.
Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so is an ass.
Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove it by my long ears. I have fery'd him from the hour of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service, but blows: when I am cold, he heats me with beating: when I am warm, he cools me with beating: I am waked with it, when I sleep; raised with it, when I fit; driven out of doors with it, when I go from home; welcomed home with it, when I return: nay, I bear it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat; and, I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from door to door.
Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the Courtezan, with
Pinch, and Others.
Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming
9 by my long ears.] He means, that his master had lengthened his ears by frequently pulling them. STEEVENS.
2 ---- P'inch,] The direction in the old copy is,ma's and a