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Mer. Yes, that you did, sir; and forswore it too. Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it? Mer. These cars of mine, thou knowest, did hear
thee: Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st To walk where any honest men resort.
Ant. S. Thou art a villain, to impeach me thus: l'll prove mine honour and mine honesty Against thee presently, if thop dar’st stand. Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.
Enter Adriana, Luciana, Courtezan, and Others. Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is
mad; Some get within hin, take his sword away: Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house. Dro. S. Run, master, run; for God's sake, take
a house. This is some priory;-In, or we are spoil'd.
[Ereunt Antiph. S. und Dromio S. to the Priory.
Enter the Abbess.
Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng you
Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits.
Adr. To none of these, except it be the last; Namely, some love, that drew him oft from home.
Abb. You should for that have reprehended him.
Ay, but not rough enough.
And in assemblies too.
Adr. It was the copy of our conference:
company, I often glanced it; Still did I tell him it was vile and bad. Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was
mad: The venom clamours of a jealous woman Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. It seems, his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing: And thereof comes it, that his head is light.
Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy upbraid
ings: Unquiet meals make ill digestions, Thereof the raging fire of fever bred; And what's a fever but a fit of madness? Thou say'st, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls: Sweet recreation barr’d, what doth ensue, But moody and dull melancholy, (Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair;) And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop Of pale distemperatures, and foes to life? In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest To be disturb’d, would mad or man, or beast: The consequence is then, thy jealous fits Have scar'd thy husband from the use of wits.
Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, When he demean’d himself rough, rude and wildly.-Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof. — Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. Adr. Then, let your servants bring my husband
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir,
Till I have used the approved means I have,
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here;
[Exit Abbess. Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.
Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his feet, And never rise until my tears and prayers Have won his grace to come in person hither, And take perforce my husband from the abbess.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five: Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Comes this way to the melancholy vale; The place of death and sorry execution, Behind the ditches of the abbey here.
Ang. Upon what cause?
Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Who put unluckily into this bay Against the laws and statutes of this town, Beheaded publickly for his offence. Ang. See, where they come; we will behold his
death. Luc. Kneel to the duke before he
the abbey. Enter Duke attended; Ægeon bare-headed; with the
Headsman and other Officers.
Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the abbess!
Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady;