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Cour. Give me the ring of mine you had at dinner,
S. Dro. Some devils ask but the parings 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, sir, my ring, or else the chain ;
Enter Antipholis of Ephesus with a jailer.
I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money,
Enter Dromio of Ephesus with a rope's-end.
. Good fir, be patient.
E. Ant. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so is an
E. Dro. I am an ass, indeed, you may prove it by my long ears,
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 wak’d with it when I seep, rais’d with it when I sit, driven out of doors with it when I go from home, welcom’d 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 lam'd me, I shall beg with it from door to door.
E. Dro. Mistress, respice finem, respect your end, or rather prophesy like the parrot", beware the rope's-end. Ē. Ant. Wilt thou still talk?
[beats Dron Cour. How say you now?' is not your husband mad?
Adr. His incivility confirms no less.
Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks!
Pinch. I charge thee, satan, hous’d within this man,
E. Ant. Peace, doting wizard, peace, I am not mad.
E. Ant. You minion you, are these your customers ?
* It was a word which was taught to parrots to throw out by way of abuse upon people as they passed along, a rope, a rope !
And I deny’d to enter in my
E. Ant. Din'd I at home? thou villain, what say'st thou?
Adr. Is’t good to footh him in these contraries ?
E. Ant. Thou hast suborn’d the goldsmith to arrest me.
Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, By Dromio here, who came in haste for it.
E. Dro. Money by me? heart and good will you might, But, surely, master, not a rag of money.
E. Ant. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of ducats ?
E. Dro. God and the rope-maker do bear me witness,
Pinch. Mistress, both man and master are poffess’d,
Ē. Ant. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth to-day, And why doft thou deny the bag of gold ?
Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth.
E. Dro. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold, But I confess, fir, that we were lock'd out.
Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false in both.
E. Ant. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all,
Enter three or four, and offer to bind him: he strives. Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not come near me. Pinch. More company; the fiend is strong within him. Luc. Ay me, poor man, how pale and wan he looks!
E. Ant. What, will you murther me? thou jailer thou,
Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantick too.
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer ?
Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,
Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee; · Bear me forthwith unto his creditor, [They bind Ant. and Dro. And, knowing how the debt
E. Ant. O most unhappy strumpet!
you. E. Ant. Out on thee, villian! wherefore doft thou mad me?
E. Dro. Will you be bound for nothing thus ? be mad, Good master, cry, the devil !
Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they talk !
Adr. Go, bear him hence; sister, stay you with me. Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? [Exe. Pinch, Ant. and Dro.