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Solinus, Duke of Ephesus.
Ægeon and Æmilia, but
unknown to each other. BALTHAZAR, a Merchant. ANGELO, a Goldsmith. A Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. PINCH, a Doctor and a Conjurer. Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus. ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus. Luciana, her sister. Luce, her servant. A Courtezan. Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants.
SCENE I. A Hall in the Duke's Palace. Enter Duke, Ægeon, Gaolers, Officers, and other
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 sealed 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, Both by the Syracusians and ourselves, To admit no, traffic to our adverse towns. Nay, more, if any, born at Ephesus,