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I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money
Enter DROMIO OF EPHESUS, with a Rope.
Ant. of Eph. How now, sir, have you that I sent you for?
Dro. of Eph. Here's that, I'll warrant you, will pay
Ant. of Eph. But where's the money?
Dro. of Eph. Why, sir, I gave the money for the
Ant. of Eph. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a rope?
Dro. of Eph. I'll serve you, sir, five thousand at that
Ant. of Eph. To what end did I bid thee hie thee hence?
Dro. of Eph. To a rope's end, sir, and to that end am I return'd.
Ant. of Eph. And to that end, sir, will I welcome
Offi. Good sir, be patient.
Dro. of Eph. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient, I am in adversity.
Offi. Good now, hold thy tongue.
Dro. of Eph. Nay, rather persuade him to hold
Ant. of Eph. Thou whoreson, senseless villain! Dro. of Eph. I would I were senseless, sir, that I might not feel your blows.
Ant. of Eph. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so is an ass.
Dro. of Eph. I am an ass, indeed, you may prove
it by my endurance. I have served him from the hour of my 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, &c.
Dro. of Eph. Mistress, respice finem, respect your end-or 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.
Offi. Good sir, be patient.
Lesbia. How say you now? Is not your husband
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 you shall demand.
Luc. Alas! how fiery and how fierce he looks! Lesbia. Mark how he trembles in his ecstacy! Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your pulse.
Ant. of Eph. There is my hand, and let it feel
Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within this
To yield possession to my holy prayers;
Ant. of Eph. Peace, doting wizard, peace! I am not mad!
Adr. Oh, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul! Ant. of Eph. You minion, you, are these your cus
Did this companion, with the saffron face,
Adr. Oh, husband! Heaven doth know you din'd at home,
Where, would you had remain'd until this time,
Ant. of Eph. Din'd at home!-Thou villain, what say'st thou ?
Dro. of Eph. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at home.
Ant. of Eph. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I
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. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you there.
Ant. of Eph. And did not I, in rage, depart from thence ?
Dro. of Eph. In verity you did-my bones bear witness,
That since have felt the vigour of your rage.
Ant. of Eph. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith to
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.
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;
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 locked 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,
Adr. Oh, hold him, hold him! let him not come
Ant. of Eph. What, will you murder me?-Thou gaoler, thou,
I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them
Offi. Masters, let him go:
He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him.
Hast thou delight to see a wretched man
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
Bear me forthwith unto his creditor-
Offi. One Angelo, a goldsmith-do you know him?
Due for a bracelet, which your husband had.
Adr. He did bespeak't for me, but had it not. Lesbia. 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. Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is ; I long to know the truth hereof at large.
Luc. Heaven, for thy mercy! they are loose again! Adr. And come with naked swords!
Enter ANTIPHOLIS OF SYRACUSE and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE, with drawn Swords.
Let's call more help, to have them bound again.
[Exeunt. Dro. of Syr. She, that would be your wife, now ran from you.
Ant. of Syr. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff from 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,