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If...Let...In secret...Ere.........To the under...Capell.

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Perhaps the best arrangement, because requiring the least change from the printing of the Folio, would be to put the words 'And Claudio' in a line by themselves. Many examples of such a broken line in the middle. of a speech may be found (e. g. v. 1. 448), and it would add to the emphasis with which the Duke commends Claudio to the Provost's care. The long line v. 1. 465 might be similarly reduced by reading

Is Barnardine.'

'His name


IV. 5. 1. Johnson suggests that Act v. should begin here. He adds: "This play has two Friars, either of whom might singly have served. I should therefore imagine that 'Friar Thomas,' in the first Act, might be changed without any harm to 'Friar Peter:' for why should the Duke unnecessarily trust two in an affair which required only one? The name of Friar Thomas is never mentioned in the dialogue, and therefore seems arbitrarily placed at the head of the scene."


v. 1. 131. Mr Sidney Walker, in his Shakespeare's Versification, pp. 80 sqq., suggests that in this and other passages we should read 'this',' because 'This is is not unfrequently, like That is, &c., contracted into a monosyllable.' For the reason assigned in Note (111) to The Tempest, 1. 2. 173, we have preferred the more familiar spelling this's.



SOLINUS, duke of Ephesus.

ÆGEON, a merchant of Syracuse.

ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus,) twin brothers, and sons to

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First Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse.
Second Merchant, to whom Angelo is a debtor*.
PINCH, a schoolmaster.

EMILIA, wife to Egeon, an abbess at Ephesus.

ADRIANA, wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.

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SCENE I. A hall in the DUKE's palace.

Enter DUKE, EGEON, Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants.
Ege. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall,
And by the doom of death end woes and all.
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more;

I am not partial to infringe our laws:
The enmity and discord which of late

Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke
To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,
Who, wanting guilders to redeem their lives,
Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods,
Excludes all pity from our threatening looks.
For, since the mortal and intestine jars
'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,
It hath in solemn synods been decreed,

A hall...palace.] Malone. The Duke's
palace. Theobald. A publick Place.

Duke] the Duke of Ephesus. Ff.

Ægeon,] Rowe.

with the Merchant

of Siracusa, Ff.



Officers,] Capell. Officer, Staunton. om. Ff.

1 Solinus] F1. Salinus F2F3F4. 8 guilders] Singer (ed. 2). gilders Ff. 10 looks] books Anon. conj.

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