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Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee:
Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,
And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it.
Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd
Home to my house. -- most unhappy day!

Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet !?
Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for

you. Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost thou

mad me? Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be

Good master; cry, the devil.-

Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk!
Adr. Go bear him hence.--Sister, go you with

Exeunt Pinch and alliktants with Ant. and Dro.
Say now, whose suit is he arrested at?
Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith; Do you know

ADR. I know the man: What is the sum he owes?
Off. Two hundred ducats.

Say, how grows it due?
OFF. Due for a chain, your husband had of him.
Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had is

not. 8 Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to-day Came to my house, and took away my ring,



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7- unhappy strumpet!] Unhappy is here used in one of the senses of unlucky; i. e, mischievous STEEVENS.

8 He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it not.) I suppose, the words--for me, which spoil the metre, might tafely be omitted.

STEETENS, 9 our stuff -] i. e. our baggage. In the orders that were issued for the royal Progresses in the lalt century, the king's baggage was always thus denominated. Malone.

(The ring I saw upon his finger now,) Straight after, did I meet him with a chain.

Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it :Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is, I long to know the truth hereof at large.

Enter AntiPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier

drawn, and DROMIO of Syracule. Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. ADR. And come with naked swords ; let's call

more help, To have them bound again. OFF.

Away, they'll kill us.

Exeunt Officer, ADR. and Luc. ANT. S. I see, these witches are afraid of swords. Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now ran

from you. Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuffs

from thence: I long, that we were safe and sound aboard.

Dro. S. Faith, stay here this night, they will surely do us no harm ; you saw, they speak us fair, give us gold: methinks, they are such a gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh that claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to stay here ftill, and turn witch.

Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the town; Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. [Exeunt.


The fame.


Enter Merchant and Angelo.
Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd you ;
But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the city ?

Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir,
Of credit infinite, highly belov’d,
Second to none that lives here in the city;
His word might bear my wealth at any time.

Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he walks.

Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dromio of Syracuse.

Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck, Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have. Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.Signior Antipholus, I wonder much That you would put me to this shame and trouble ; And not without some scandal to yourself, With circumstance, and oaths, so to deny This chain, which now you wear so openly: Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, You have done wrong to this my honest friend; Who, but for staying on our controversy, Had hoisted fail, and put to sea to-day : This chain you had of me, can you deny it?

Ant. S. I think, I had; I never did deny it. Mer. Yes, that you did, fir; and forswore it too. Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it?

Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did hear

thee: Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st To walk where any honest men resort.

Ant. S. Thou art a villain, to impeach me thus : I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.

[They draw. Enter Adriana, LUCIANA, Courtezan, and Others. ADR. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is

mad; Some get within him, take his sword away: Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake, take

a house. This is some priory ;-In, or we are spoil'd.

[Exeunt ANTIPH. and DROMIO to the Priory.

Enter the Abbess.

ABB. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng you

hither? Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence: Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, And bear him home for his recovery.

Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. . Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him. Abb. How long hath this possession held the man?

8 get within him,] i. e. close with him, grapple with him.

STEEVENS. 9 take a house.] i. e. go into a house. So we say, a dog takes the water, Steevens.

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