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5. Ant. Araunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, l'ond home with it, when I return: nav, I bear let us go

it on my shoulders, as a beggar wont her brat; S. Dro. Fly pride, says the peacock: Mistress, and, I think, when he hath Jam'd me, I shall beg.

that you know. ČEr. Ant. and Dro. with it from door to door. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholis is mad, 5 Enter Adriana, Luciana, and the Courtezun, with Else would he never so demean himself:

a schoolmastor culled l'inch, and others. A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats,

E. Ant. Come, go along; my wife is coming And tor the same he promis'd me a chain ;

yonder. Both one, and other, he denies me now.

E. Dro. Mistress, respice finem, respect your The reason that I gather he is mad,

110fend; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, (Besides this present instance of his rage)

Beruare the rope's-end. Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner,

E. Ant. Wilt thou still talk? (Beats Dro. Of his own doors being shut against his entrance. Cour. How sav you now? is not your husband Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits,

Adr. lis incivility confirms no les.- (mad? On purpose shut the doors against his way. 115 Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; My way is now, to hie hone to his house,

Establish him in his true sense again, And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,

And I will please you what you wil demand. Ile rush'd into my house, and took perforce 1 Luc. Alla, how tiery and how sliarp he looks! My ring away: This course I fittest chuse;

Cour. Mark, how lie trembles in his ecstasy! For forty ducats is too much to lose.

Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me seel SCENE IV,

your pulse.

Learn E. Ant. There is my hand, and let it feel your The Street.

| Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within this Enter Antipholis of Ephesus, with a Jailor. To yield possession to my holy prayers, [man,

E. Ant. Fear me not, man, I will not break away :|25 And to thy state of darkness hie thee strait; I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. (mad. To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.

| E. ant. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not My wife is in a wayward mood to-day;

Adr.Oh, that thou wert not,poor distressed soul! And will not lightly trust the messenger,

E. Ant. You minion, rou, are these your cusThat I should be attach'd in Ephesus:

30|Did this companion with the satiron face (tomers? I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears. Revel and feast it at my house to-day,

Enter Dromio of Ephesus, with a rope's-end. Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut,
Here comes my man; I think he brings the money. And I deny'd to enter in my house?
How now, sir have you that I sent vou for?' Adr. Oh, husband, God doth know, you din'd
E.Dro. Here's that, I warrant you will pay them 35

at home,
E. Ant. But where's the money? [all. Where would you had remain d until this
E.Dro. Why, sir, I gave the money for therope.

Free from these slanders and this open shame! E. Ant. Five hundredducats, villain, for a rope? | E. Ant. Din'd I at home? Thou villain, what E. Dro. I'll serve you,sir, fivehundredat the rate.

say'st thou?

[home. E. Ant. Towhat end did I bidthee hie thee home: 40 E. Dro. Sir, south to say, you did not dine at

E. Dro. To a rope's-end, sir; and to that end) E. Ant. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I am I return'd.

shut out?

you shut out. E. Ant. And to that end, sir, I will welcome E. Dro. Perdy, your doors were lock’d, and you.

[Beats Dromio. E. Ant. And did not she herselfrevile me there? Offi. Good sir, be patient...

45 E. Dro. Sans fable, she herseltrevil'd you there. E. Dro. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am

E. Ant. Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, in adversity..

and scorn me? Offi. Good now, hold thy tongue.

E. Dro. Certes', she did; the kitchen vestal E. Dro. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his

scorn'd you.

150 E. Ant. And did not I in rage depart from thence? E. Ant. Thou whoreson, senseless villain! | E. Dro. In verity you did; my bones bear witness,

E. Dro. I would I were senseless, sir, that I That since have felt the vigour of his rage. might not feel your blows. ,

| Adr. Is 't good to sooth him in these contraries? E. ant. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, Pinch. It is no slame; the fellow finds his vein, and so is an ass.

155 And, vielding to him, bumours well his frenzy.. E. Dro. I am an ass, indeed: you may prove it, | E. Ant. Thou hast suborn'dthegoldsmith to aire-t by my long ears. I have serv'd him from the hour Adr.Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, [me. of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at By Dromio here, who caminhaste torit. [might, his hands for my service, but blows: when I am | E. Dro, Money by me: Ileartand good will you cold, he heats me with beating; when I am warm,60 But, surely, master, not a rag of money. [ducats? he cools me with beating; I am wak'd with it, E. Ant. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of when I sleep; rais'd with it, when I sit; driven Adr. Ile came to me, and I deliver'dit. 'out of doors with it, when I go from home; well | Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did.

! That is, certainly.
I.

E. Dre.

hands.

E. Dro. God, and the rope-maker, hear me | E. Dro. Will you be bound for nothing? be mad, That I was sent for nothing but a rope! [witness, Good master ; cry, the devil.-

(talk! Pinch. Mistress, both manandmasterissossess'u: | Luc. God hep, poor souls, how idly do they I know it by their pale and deadly looks:

Aur.Gubear him bence. Sister, go you with me. They must bebound, and laid in some dark room. 5 [Excunt Pinch, antipholis, Dromin, jc.

E. Ant. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth Sav now, whose suit is he arrested at? [lim? And why dost thou deny the bag of gold? (to-dav, | Offi. One Angelo, a goldsmith; do you know

Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth. Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he E.Dro. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold; Olli. Two hundred ducats.

[owes? But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out. (both 10 Adr. Say, how grows it due?

Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speah'st fa se in Olli. Due tor a chain, your husband had of him.

E. Ant. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in Adr. Ile diri bespeak a chain for me, but had And art contederate with a damned pack, [ull;

it not.

[day To make a loathsome abject scorn of me: [eves, Cour. When as your husband all in rage too But with these nails I'll pluck out these false 15 Came to my house, and took away my ring, That would behold me in this shameful sport. (The ring I saw upon his finger now) Enter 3 or 4, and offer.to bind him: he strices. Strait after, did I meet him with a chain. Air. Oh, bind him, bind him, let him not Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it. come near me,

in him. Come, jailor, bring me where the goldsmith is, Pinch. Morecompany;--thefiend is strongwith-201 long to know the truth hereof at large. Luc. Ay m, poor man, how pale and wan het Enter Antipholis ot' Syracuse, ruith his rapier looks!

thou,

druten, und Dromio of Syracuse. E. Ant. What, will vou murder me: Thou jaior | Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. I am thy prisoner; wilt thou sulier them

Adr. And come with naked sirords ; let's call To make a rescue?

more help, Ofi. Masters, let him go:

To have them bound again. Le is my prisoner, ansi vou shall not have him. Olli. Away, they'll kill us. · [They run out. Pin li. Go, bind this iman, for he is frantic too.

dlanent Antiphilis and Dromio. dr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish' officer : | | S. Ant. I see these witches are afraid of swords. Hast thou delight to see a wretched man 30 S. Dro. She, that would be your wife, now ran Do outrage and displeasure to himself?

from you. Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,

S. Ant. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff The debt he owes will be requir'd of me.

from thence: Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,

35 S. Dro. Faith, stay here this night, they will [They bind Antipholis and Dromio. surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it. fair, give us gold: metbinks, they are such a gentle Good master doctor, see him safe. convey'd nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh Home to my house. -Oh, most unhappy day! that claims marriage of me, I could find in my

E. Ant. Oh, most unhappyö strumpet! [you. 40 heart to stay here still, and turn witch.
E. Dro, Master, I am here enter'd in bond for 1 S. Ant. I will not stay to-night for all the town;
E. Ant. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost Therefore away to get our stuff aboard.
thou mad me?

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SCENE I.

Mcr. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, be walks. A Street, before a Priory.

Enter ditipholis and Dromio of Surucuse,

lang. 'Tis so; and that selt chain about his neck, Enter the Merchant and Angelo.

Which lie forswore, most monstrously, to have. Ang. JAM sorry, sir, that I have linder'd you ; 155 Good sir, craw near to me, I'll speak to him.--

But, I protest, he had the chain of me, I signior Antipholis, I wonder much . Though most dishonestly he doth deny it. [city That you would put me to this shame and trouble; Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the land not without some scandal to yourself, Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir:

With circunstance, and oaths, so to deny Of credit intimite, highly belov'd,

160 This chain, which now you wear so openly : Secoud to none that lives here in the city ; Besides the charge, tlie shame, imprisonment, Ilis word might bear iy wealth at any time. You have done wrong to this my honest friend;

· Foolish.

* Unhappy here signifies mischirrous.

Who

Who, but for staying on our controversy,

Poison more deadly than a mail dog's tooth. Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day:

It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing: This chain you had of me, can you deny it? And theretore comes it, that his head is light..

S. Ant. I think, I had; I never did Jeny it. I Thou say'st his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraid-
Aler. Yes, that you did, sir, and forswore it too. 5 lnquiet meais make ill dige-tions, [ings:
S. Ant. Whoheard me to deny it, or forswearit: Therefore the raging fire of fever bred;
Nitr. These ears of mine, thou know'st, did And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
hear thee:

Thou say'sthis sports were hinder'd by thy brawls:
Fye on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st | Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,
To walk where any honest men resort.

10 But moody and dull melancholy, S. Ant. Thou art a villain to impeach me thus: Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair; I'll prove mine honour and my honesty

And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop Against thee presently, if thou dur'st stand. 1 Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life? Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. in food, in sport, and life-preserving rest

[Theu drumu. 15 To be disturb’d, would mad or man or beast: Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtecan, and others. The consequence is then, tly jealous lits Adri. Hoid, hurt him not, for God's sake; helHave scard thy husband from the use of wits. is mad :

Il Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, Some get within him, take his sword away: When he demean'dhimselfrough,rude,and wildly. Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. 20 Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not? S. Dro. Run, master, run; for God's sake, Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.-take a house.

| Goor people, enter, and lay hold on him. This is some priory;-In, or we are spoil'd. I Abb. No, not a creature enter in my house.

[Ereunt to the priory. Adr. Then, let your servants bring my hus. Enter Lady Abbess.

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band forth. Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng you | Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary, hither?

[hence: And it shall privilege bim from vour hands, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband Till I have brought him to his wits again, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, Or lose my labour in assaying it. Aud bear him home for his recovery.

30 Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. Diet bis sickness, for it is my office; Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on him. ! And will have no attorney but myself; Abb. How long hath this possession held the And therefore let ine have him bome with me. man?

I Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, Ad. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad, 35 Till I have us'd the approved means I have, And much, much different from the man he was; 1 With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers, But, till this afternoon, his passion

To make of him a formal? man again : Ne'er brake into extremity of rage. [sea ? It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,

Abb. Hath he not lost mich wealth by wreck at A charitable duty of my order; Bury'd some dear friend? Hath not else his eye 140 Therefore, depart, and leave him here with me. Stray'd his affection in unlawful love?

Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,

And ill it doth beseem your holiness, [here; · Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.

To separate the husband and the wife. [him. Which of these sorrows is he subject to?

Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have Adr. To none of these, except it be the last; 145 Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity. Namely, some love that drew him oft from home.

[Erit Abbess. Abb. You should for that have reprehended Adr. Come, gn; I will fall prostrate at his feet, ddr. Why, so I did.

[him. And never rise until my tears and prayers Abb. Ay, but not rough enough. ime. Have won his grace to come in person hither, Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let 50 And take perforce my husband from the abbess. Abb. Haply in private.

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five; Adr. And in assemblies too.

Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Abb. But not enough.

Comes this way to the inelancholy vale: Adr. It was the copy' of our conference: The place of death and sorry execution, In bed, he slept not for my urging it;

|55|Behind the ditches of the abbey here, At board, he fed not for my urging it;

| Ang. Upon what cause ? Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, In company, I often glanc'd at it;

Who put unluckily into this bay
Still did I tell him it was vile and bad. [mad. Against the laws and statutes of this town,

Abb. And therefore came it that the man was 60 Beheaded publickly for his offence. [death. The venom clamours of a jealous woman

Ang. See, where they come; we will bebold his

.' That is, the theme, or subject. ? i. e. restored to his senses. Sorry here means lamented, as Ægeon was not to be executed for any crune, but by the decree to prevent the traffic between Syra. cuse and Ephesus.

Luc.

Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he priss the 'To scorch your face, and to disfigure you: abbey.

[Cry within, Enter the Ditke, and Ægeon barc-headed; with Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress; fly, begone. the headsman and other officers.

Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing: Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, 51 Guard with halberds. If any friend will pay the sum for him,

1 Adr. Ahme, it is my husband! Witness you, He shall not die, so much we tender him.

That he is borne about invisible: Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the Even now we hous'd himn in the abbey here; • abbi'ss!

and now he's there,past thought of human reason. Duke. She is a virtuous and reverend lady; 101 Entor dutipholis, and Dromio, of Ephesus. It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong.

E. Ant. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, grant Adr. Vay it please your grace, Antipholis, myl

me justice! husband,

JEven for the service that long since I did thee, Whom I made lord of me and all I had,

Then I bestrid thee in the wars, and took At your important letters, this ill day 115 Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood A most outrageous fit cf madness took him; I That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. That desperately he hurry through the street, | Migron. Unless the fear of death cloth make me (With him his bondman all as mad as he)

I see my son Antipholis and Dromio. [dote, Doing displeasure to the citizens,

E. int. Justice, sweet prince, against that By rushing in their houses, bearing thence

woman there. Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.

She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife; Once did I get him bound, and sent hin home, That bath abused and dishonour'd me,, Ilhilst to take order for the wrongs I went, Even in the strength and height of injury! That here and there his fury had committed. Bevond imagination is the wrong, Anon, I wot not by what strong escape, 2;That she this day hath shameless thrown on me. Ite broke from those that had the guard of him : Duke. Discover how,and thou shalt tind me just. And, with his mad attendant and himself,

E. int. This day, great duke,she shut the doors Each one with irelui passion, with drawn swords,

upon me, Niet us again, and, madly bent on us,

Whilst she with harlots' feasted in my house, Chas'd us away; till, raising of more aid, . 30 Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman, didst We came again to bind them: then they fled !

thou so?

(sister, Into this abbey, whither we pursu'd them;

dr. No, my good lord ;-myself, he, and my And here the abbess shuts the gates on us,

To-day did dine together: So betai my soul, And will not suiler us to fetch bim out,

As this is false, be burdens me withal ! Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence. 35 Luc. Ne'er may Ilook on day, nor sleep on night, Therefore, inost gracious duke with thycomiuand, But she tells to vour highness'simple truth! Let him be brought forth, and borne hence for Ang. ( perjur'd women! They are both for. help.

[wars: In this the madman justly chargeththem. (sworn. Duke. Long since thy husband sere'd me in my! E. Ant. My liege, I am advised what I say; And I to thee engag'la prince's word,

140 Neither disturb'd with the etlect of wine, When thou didst make him master of thy bed, | Nor heads-rash, provok'd with raging ire, To du him ail the grace and good I could. Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate, This woman loch'd me out this day from dinner: And bid the lady abboss come to me;

That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with I will determine this, before I stir.

45 Could witness it, for he was with me then, [her, Enter a llessano.

Who parted with me to go fetch a chain, Mess.O mistress, mistress shift and save yourself! Promising to bring it to the Porcupine, My master and his man are both broke loose! Where Balthazar and I did dine together. Beaten the maids a row, and bound the doctor, Our dinner done, and he not coming tinther, Whose beard they have sing'd off with brands of 5011 went to seek bim: in the street I met him; And ever as it blaz'd, they threw on him lire: And in his company, that gentleman. Great pails of pudled mire to quench the bair: There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me down, Mly master preaches patience to him, and the That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, llis man with scissars nicks bim like a fool. Fwbile! Which, God he knows, I saw not: for the which, And, sure, unless you send some present help, 53 lle did arrest me with an oflicer. Between them they will kill the conjurer. [here; i did obey; and sent my peasant home

Alr. Peace, tool, thy master and his man are (For certain ducats: he with none return'd.
And that is false, thou dost report to us.

Then fairly I bespoke the oflicer.'
JISS. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true: To go in person with me to my house.
I have not breath' aimosi, since I did seit. 60 By the way we inet my wife, her sister, and
le cries for you, and vows, if he can take you, Arabble more of vile confederates;

i Perhaps we should read importunate. Harlois here means chcuts.

? i. e. to take ineasures.

? i. c. one after another,

Along

Along with them

.. .(villain, l E. Dro. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by They brought one Pinch; a hungry lean-fac'ál For lately we were bound, as you are now. (you; A meer anatomy, a mountebank,

You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir? A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-telier;

Ægton. Why look you strange on me? you A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, 51 know me well. A living dead-man : this pernicious slave,

| E. int. I never saw you in my life, 'till now. Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer;

Ægcon. Oh! grief hath chang'd me, since you And, gazing in my eyes, feeling my pulse,

saw me last; And with no-face, as it were, out-facing me, And careful hours, with time's deformed hand Cries out, I was possess'd: then all together 110 Have written strange defeatures in my face: They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence; But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? And in a dark and dankish vault at home [ther; E. Ant. Neither. There left me and my man, both bound toge. Ægeon. Dromio, nor thou? Til gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, E. Dro. No, trust me, sir, nor I. I gain'd my freedom, and immediately

151 Ageon. I am sure thou dost. Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech

E. Dro. Ay, sir? To give me ample satisfaction

But I am sure, I do not; and whatsoever For these deep shames and great indignities. I man denies, you are now bound to believe him. Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with 'Egeon. Not know my voice! Oh, time's exhim;

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tremity! That he din'd not at home, but was lock'd out. | Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue Duke. But had he such a chain of the, or no?! In seven short years, that here iny only son ng. He had, my lord: and when he ran in Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares? here,

Though now this grained' face of mine be hid These people saw the chain about his neck. 25 In sap-consuming winter's drizled snow,

Vler. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine And all the conduits of my blood froze up; Heard you cuniess, you had the chain of him, | Yet hath my night of life some memory, After you first forswore it on the mart,

| My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left, And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you; My dull deaf ears a little use to hear: And then you iled into this abbey here,

30 All these old witnesses (I cannot err) From whence, I think you are come by miracle. Tell me thou art iny son Antipholis.

E. Ant. I never came within these abbey-walls, E. Ant. I never saw my father in my life. Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me; | Ageon. But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy, I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!

Thou knowest, we parted: but, perhaps, my son, And this is false, you burden me withal.

35 Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is this! | E. Ant. The duke, and all that know me in I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup. I Can witness with me that it is not so; [the city, If here you hous'd him, here he would have been;| |I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life. If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly:- Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years You say, he Jin'd at home; the goldsmith here 40 Have I been patron to Antipholis, Denies that saving:-Sirrah, what say you? I During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa: E. Dro. Sir, hi din'd with her tere, at thel II see, thy age and dangers make thee dote. Porcupine.

(ring. Enter the Abbess, with Antipholis Syracusun, Cour. Hedid; and from my finger snatch'd that

and Dromio Syracusan. , E. Ant. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of 45) Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much

wrong'd. full gather to see him. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here | Adr. I seetwo husbands,ormine eyes deceive me. Cour. Assure, my liege, as I do see your grace. Duke. One of these men is Genius to the other; Duke. Why, this is strange:-Go call the ab- And so of these: Which is the natural man, bess bither;

150 And which the spirit? who deciphers them? I think you are all mated', or stark mad.

S. Dro. I, sir, am Dromio; conimand him away. [Exit one to the Abbess. | E. Dro. I, sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay. Ægeon. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak] | S. Ant. Ægeon, art thou not or else his ghost? Haply, I see a friend, will save my life, sa word ; | S. Dro. O, my old master! who hath bound And pay the sum that may deliver me."

him here?

(bonds, Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt. | Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his

Egeon. Is not your name, sir, call'd Antipholis: | |And gain a husband by his liberty :-
And is not that your bondman, Dromio? sir, Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st ihe man

E. Dro. Within this hour I was his bond-man, That hadst a wife once call'd Æmilia,
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords; 100 That bore thee at a burden two fair sons ?
Now am I Dromis, and his man, unbound. [me. Oh, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak,

Egeon. I am sure, you both of you remember) [And speak unto the same Æmilia!

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! i. e. wild, foolish. ? For deforming. ' i. e. strange alteration of features. : i. e. furrowd.

Duke.

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