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ÆMILIA: WIFE TO AGEON, AN ABBESS AT EPHESUS.
ADRIANA: WIFE TO ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS.
LUCIANA: HER SISTER.
LUCE: HER SERVANT.
GAOLER, OFFICERS, AND OTHER ATTENDANTS.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
SCENE I. A Hall in the DUKE's Palace.
Enter the DUKE OF EPHESUS, with ÆGEON, the Merchant
ÆGE. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall,
Nay, more, if any born at Ephesus
Come to the Bay of Ephesus; he dies,
His goods confiscate to the Duke's dispose,
Unless a thousand marks be levied
To quit the penalty, and to ransom him.
Thy substance, valued at the highest rate,
Therefore, by Law thou art condemn'd to die.
1 Flemish for 1s. 6d. to 28.
Why thou departed'st from thy native home,
Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable:
I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave.
In Syracusa was I born; and wed
And by me, had not our hap been bad.
With her I liv'd in joy: our wealth increas'd
To Epidamium; till my factor's death
The pleasing punishment that women bear)
And soon and safe arrived where I was.
There she had not been long but she became
A joyful mother of two goodly sons;
And, which was strange, the one so like the other
A meanly woman was delivered
Of such a burden, male twins, both alike:
Unwilling I agreed. Alas, too soon
A league from Epidamium had we sail'd,
But longer did we not retain much hope;
A doubtful warrant of immediate death:
Which, though myself would gladly have embrac'd,
Weeping before for what she saw must come,
But ere they came-O, let me say no more!
DUKE. Nay, forward, old man; do not break off so,
ÆGE. O, had the Gods done so, I had not now
Worthily term'd them merciless to us!
For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues,
Which being violently borne upon,
Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst;
So that in this unjust divorce of us