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nativity to this instant, and have had 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 sit, driven out of doors with it when I go abroad, welcomed home with it when I return; nay, I bear it on my shoulders, as a beggar does her brat--and, I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from door to door.

Ant. of Eph. Well, we'll along ; my wife is coming yonder. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, LESBIA, DR. Pinch, and

SERVANTS, L., Servants stand behind, c. Dro. of Eph. Mistress, respice finem, respect your endor rather the prophecy, like the parrot, beware of the rope's end.

Ant. of Eph. Wilt thou still prate ? art thou not quieted ? Then take thou that, and that. [Beats him over to A.

Off. Good sir, be patient.
Les. How say you now? Is not your husband mad ?

Adr. His incivility confirms no less ;
Good Dr. Pinch, you are a skilful man,
Establish him in his true sense again,
And I will pay you what I have i' the world.

Luc. Alas ! how fiery and how fierce he looks!
Les. Mark how he trembles in his ecstacy !
Pinch. [Crosses to Ant. of Eph.] Give ine your hand,

and let me feel your pulse. Ant. of Eph. There is my hand, and let it feel your ear.

[Strikes. Pinch. [Crosses, L.] I charge thee, devil, housed within

this man,

To yield possession of my patient;
Or I shall play the devil with thee straight.
Ant. of Eph. Peace, doting wizard, peace! I am not

Adr. Oh, that thou wert uot, poor distracted soul!
Ant. of Eph. You minion, you are these your customers?
Did this companion, with the saffron face,
Revel and feast it at my board to-day ?
While upon me the guilty doors were shut,
And I denied to enter in my house?
Adr. (L. c.) Oh, husband ! Heaven doth know you dined

at home, Where, would you had remain'd until this time,

Free from these slanders, and this open shame.
Ant. of Eph. (R. C.) Dined at home! Thou villain, what

say'st thou ? Dro. of Eph. (R.) Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at

home. Ant. of Eph. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I shut

out ? Dro. of Eph. In sooth, your doors were lock'd, and you

shut out. Ant. of Eph. And did not she herself revile me there ? Dro. of Eph. Saus fable, she herself reviled you there. Ant. of Eph. And did not l, in rage, depart from thence ?

Dro. of Eph. Iv verity you didny bones bear witness, That since have felt the vigour of your rage.

Adr. Is't good to soothe him in these contraries ?

Pinch. It is no blame; the fellow finds his vein; And yielding to him humours well his frenzy. Ant. of Eph. 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. Dro. of Eph. Money by me! Heart and good-will you

might, But surely, master, not a doit of money. Ant. of Eph. Went'st thou not to her for a purse of

ducats ? Adr. He came to me, and I delivered it. Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did. Dro. of Eph. Heaven and the rope-maker can bear me

witness That I was sent for nothing but a rope.

Pinch. Mistress, both man and master are possess’d, I know it by their pale and deadly looks : They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. Ant. of Eph. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth

to-day ? And why dost thou deny the bag of gold ?

Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth,

Dro. of Eph. And, gentle master, I received no gold; But I can swear, sir, that we were lock'd out.

Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false in both.

Ant. of Eph. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all; And art confederate with a damned pack, To make a loathsome abject scorn of me.

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But, with these nails, I'll pluck out those false eyes,
That would behold me in this shameful sort.
Adr. Oh, hold him, hold him ! let him not come near
me !

[Two Officers seize him. Pinch. More company! The fiend is strong within him.

Ant. of Eph. What, will you murder me ? -Thou officer, I am thy prisoner ; wilt thou suffer them To make a rescue ?

Offi. Masters, let him go: [ Advances between them. He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him.

Pinch. Go, bind that man, for he is frantic too.

Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer ?
Hast thou delight to see a wretched man
Do outrage and displeasure to himself ?

Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,
The debt he owes will be required of me.

Adr. Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd
Home to thy house— Oh, most unhappy day!
Ant. of Eph. Oh, most unhappy strumpet!
[Officers force off Antipholis of Ephesus, Dromio, and

Pinch, R.]
Adr. I will discharge thèe--
Bear me forthwith unto his creditor-
But say, whose suit is he arrested at ?

Offi. One Angelo, a goldsmith-do you know him ?
Adr. I know the man- what is the sum he owes ?
Off. Two hundred ducats.

Adr. Say, how grows it due ?
i Offi. Due for a bracelet, which your husband had.

Adr. He did bespeak’t for me, but had it not.
Les. [Crosses to Adr.] When as your husband, all in

rage, to-day,
Came to my house, and took away my ring,
(The ring I saw upon his finger now,
Straight after did I meet him with the bracelet.

Adr. It may be so, but I'did never see it. Officer, bring me where the goldsmith is ? I long to know the truth hereof at large. [Noise without, R.

Luc. Heaven, for thy mercy! they are loose again!

Adr. And come with naked swords !
Let's call more help, to have them bound again.
Offi. Away! they'll kill us !

(Exeunt, R. [Noise again by Dr. Pinch and Servants, R.]


CUSE, with drawn Swords, R.
Dro. of Syr. She, that would be your wife, now ran

from you.

Ant. of Syr. Come to the Centaur ; fetch our stuff froin

thence. I long that we were safe and sound aboard.

Dro. of Syr. 'Faith, stay here this night-they will surely do us no harm you saw they spake us fair, gave us gold. Methinks they are such a gentle nation, that, but for the mountain of mad flesh, who claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to stay here still, and turn witch myself.

Ant. of Sr. I will not stay, to-night, for all the town, So many, and such strange events, pursue me; "Tis madness all! and I begin to doubt, That even love and beauty are but snares, To plunge ny soul in yet severer cares. [Exeunt, L.

[Dr. Pinch runs across from R. to L. after them.]


SCENE I.-A Street before u Priory.

Ang. I am sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd you ;
But I protest he had the jewel of me,
Though most dishonestly he did deny it.

Cha. How is the man esteem'd here in the city ?

Ang. Of very reverend estimation, sir,
Of credit infinite, highly beloved,
Second to none that lives within our walls.
His word might bear my wealth at any time.

Cha. Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he comes.

Ang. "Tis so, and that same bracelet on his arm,
Which he forswore inost monstrously to have.
Good sir, draw near to me; I'll speak to him.

Signor Antipholis, 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 bracelet, which 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 sail, and put to sea to-day.
This jewel you had of me-Can you deny it?

Ant. of Syr. I know I had I never did deny it.
Cha. Yes, that you did, sir-and foreswore it too.
Ant. of Syr. Who heard me to deny or to forswear it?

[Crosses, c. Cha. These cars of mine, thou knowest well, did hear

thee. Fie on thee, wretch ! 'tis pity that thou livest To walk where any honest men resort. Ant. of Syr. Thou art a villain to impeach ine thus :

[Draws. I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty Against thee with my life, if thou darest stand it.

Cha. I dare, aud do defy thee for a villain ! [Drauis. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, LESBIA, and SERVANTS, L. Adr. Hold! hurt him not, for Heaven's sake!-he's mad ! Dro. of Syr. Run, master, run, for Heaven's sake! take

house! This is some priory ;-in, or we are spoiled !

[Exeunt to the Priory, C. D. F.--the rest following. Adr. Pursue them, I beseech ye-bring them back.

[Servants, going, are stopt by the Abbess. Enter the ABBESS, and two SISTERS, from the Priory, C. D. F.

Abb. Be quiet, people! wherefore throng ye bither ?

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.
Cha. I'm sorry now that I did draw upon him.
Abb. How long hath this possession held the man ?

Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, and sad,
And much, much different from the man he was :
But, till this afternoon, his fatal passion
Ne'er broke into extremity of rage.

Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth hy wreck at sea ? Buried some dear friend ? Hath not else his eye

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