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Enter a Merchant, Angelo, and an Officer. Mer. You know, since pentecost the sum is due, And since I have not much importun'd you; Nor now I had not, but that I am bound To Persia, and want gilders for my voyage: Therefore make present satisfaction, Or I'll attach you by this officer.
Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to you,
Enter Antipholus of Ephesus, and Dromio of
Ephesus. Off. That labour may you saye; see where he
Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house, go
Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy a rope!
[Exit Dromio. Ant. E. A man is well holp up, that trusts to you: I promised your presence, and the chain; But neither chain, nor goldsmith, came to me: Belike, you thought our love would last too long, If it were chain’d together; and therefore came not.
Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note,
wife Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof; Perchance, I will be there as soon as you. Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her
yourself? Ant. E. No; bear't with you, lest I come not
time enough. Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain about
you? Ant. E. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have; Or else you may return without your money. Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the
chain; Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman,
And I, to blame, have held him here too long.
Ant. E. Good lord, you use this dalliance, to ex
Your breach of promise to the Porcupine:
spatch. Ang. You hear, how he importunes me; the
chainAnt. E. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch your
money. Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you even
now; Either send the chain, or send me by some token, Ant. E. Fie! now you run this humour out of
breath: Come, where's the chain? I pray you, let me see it.
Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance: Good sir, say, whe'r you'll answer me, or no; If not, I'll leave him to the officer. Ant. E. I answer you! What should I answer you?
that you owe me for the chain. Ant. E. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since. Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong me much
to say so. Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it: Consider, how it stands upon my credit.
Mer. Well officer, arrest him at my suit.
to obey me.
Ang. This touches me in reputation :Either consent to pay this sum for me, Or I attach you by this officer.
Ånt. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had ! Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou dar'st.
Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him officer;-
Of. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit.
Ant. E. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail:-
Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus,
Enter Dromio of Syracuse. Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum, That stays but till her owner comes aboard, And then, sir, bears away: our fraughtage, sir, I have convey'd aboard; and I have bought The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ. The ship is in her trim; the merry wind Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all, But for their owner, master, and yourself. Ant. E. How now! a madman! Why thou peevish
sheep, What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?
Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.
Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a rope; And told thee to what purpose, and what end.
Dro. S. You sent me, sir, for a rope's end as soon: You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more leisure, And teach your ears to listen with more heed. To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight: Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry, There is a purse of ducats; let her send it; Tell her, I am arrested in the street, And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave; be gone. On, officer, to prison till it come.
[E.reunt Merchant, Angelo, Officer, and Ant. E. Dro. S. To Adriana! that is where we din’d, Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband: She is too big, I hope, for me to compass. Thither I must, although against my will, For servants must their masters' minds fulfil. [Erit.
Enter Adriana and Luciana.
Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so?
Might'st thou perceive austerely in his eye That he did plead in earnest, yea or no?
Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily? What observation mad'st thou in this case, , Of his heart's meteors tilting in his face?
Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right. Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more my