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And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me,
Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with
That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out.
Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no ?
Ang. He had, my lord; and when he ran in here, These people saw the chain about his neck.
Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine, Heard you confess you had the chain of him, After you
first forswore it on the mart, And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you; And then, you fed into this abbey here, From whence, I think, you are come by miracle.
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey walls, Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me : I never saw the chain, so help me Heaven ! And this is false, you burden me withal.
Duke. Why what an intricate impeach is this ! I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup. If here you hous'd him, here he would have been; If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly. You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here Denies that saying :-Sirrah, what say you? Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Por
cupine. Cour. He did ; and from my finger snatch'd that
ring. Ant. E. "Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace.
Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the abbess
hither ; I think you are all mated *, or stark mad.
[Exit un attendant. Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a
Haply I see a friend will save my life,
deliver me. Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt.
Æge. Is not your name, sir, call’d Antipholus? And is not that your bondman, Dromio?
Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, sir, But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords; Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.
Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember me.
Dro. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you; For lately we were bound as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir ? Æge. Why look you strange on me? you know
me well. Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. Æge. Oh! grief hath chang’d me, since you saw
Ant. E. Neither.
Dromio, nor thou?
I am sure, thou dost. Dro. Ay, sir? but I am sure, I do not; and whatsoever a man denies, you are now bound to believe him.
Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extremity! Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue, In seven short years, that here my only son Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares? Though now this grained* face of mine be hid
Alteration of features. 1 Furrowed, lined
In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow,
Ant. É. I never saw my father in my life.
Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, Thou know'st, we parted: but, perhaps, my son, Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Ant. E. The duke and all that know me in the
Enter the Abbess, with Antipholus Syracusan, and
Dromio Syracusan. Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd.
[All gather to see him. Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me.
Duke. One of these men is Genius to the other; And so of these : Which is the natural man, And which the spirit? Who deciphers them ?
Dro. S. I sir, am Dromio; command him away. Dro. E. I, sir, am Dromio; pray, let me stay. Ant. S. Ægeon, art thou not? or else his ghost? Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound bim
here? Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds, And gain a husband by his liberty :Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man That had'st a wife once call'd Æmilia, That bore thee at a burden two fair sons : O, if thou be’st the same Ægeon, speak,
And speak unto the same Æmilia!
Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia;
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I,
Duke. Why bere begins his morning story right*;
Ant. S. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse. Duke. Stay, stand apart! I know not which is
which, Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gracious
lord. Dro. E. And I with him, Ant. E. Brought to this town by that most fa
Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
And are not you my husband ? Ant. E. No, I say nay to that.
Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so;
Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me. Ant. s. I think it be, sir; I deny it not. * The morning story is what Ægeon tells the duke in the first scene of this play.
Ant. E. And you, sir, for this chain arrested me. Ang. I think I did, sir; I deny it not.
Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail, By Dromio; but I think he brought it not. Dro. E. No, none by me.
Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you, And Dromio my man did bring them me : I see, we still did meet each other's man, And I was ta’en for him, and he for me, And thereupon these errors are arose.
Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father here. Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his life. Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. Ant. E. There, take it; and much thanks for my
good cheer. Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the paine To
go with us into the abbey here, And here at large discoursed all our fortune s:And all that are assembled in this place, That by this sympathized one day's error Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company, And we shall make full satisfaction.Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail Of you, my sons; nor, till this present hour, My heavy burdens are delivered: The duke, my husband, and my children both, And you, the calendars of their nativity, Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me; After so long grief, such nativity! Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast.
(Exeunt Duke, Abbess, Ægeon, Courtezan,
Merchant, Angelo, and attendants. Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from shipboard? Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou em
bark'd ? Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at host, sir, in the
Centaur. Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master, Dro