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Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he owes ?
Off. Two hundred ducats.
Say, how grows it due ? Off. Due for a chain, your husband had of him. Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it not.
Cour. 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 a chain.
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.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier
drawn, and Dromio of Syracuse. Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again. Adr. And come with naked swords; let's call more
help, To have them bound again. Off
Away, they'll kill us.
[Exeunt Officer, ADR, and Luc. Ant. S. I see, these witches are afraid of swords. Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now ran from
you. Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff from
thence. I long that we were safe and sound aboard.
Dro. S. Faith, stay here this night, they will surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us fair, give us gold. Methinks, they are such a gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad flesh that claims marriage of me, I could find in my heart to stay here still, and turn witch.
Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the town; Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. (Eseunt.
SCENE I. A Street before an Abbey.
Enter Merchant and Angelo.
AM sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd you;
But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.
Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in
the city ?
Ang. Of very reverent reputation, sir,
Of credit infinite, highly belov'd,
Second to none that lives here in the city;
His word might bear my wealth at any time.
Mer. Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and Dromio of Syracuse.
Ang. 'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck,
Which he forswore, most monstrously, to have.
Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.-
Signior Antipholus, I wonder much
That you would put me to this shame and trouble;
And not without some scandal to yourself,
With circumstance, and oaths, so to deny.
This chain, which now you wear so openly.
Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
You have done wrong to this my
Who, but for staying on our controversy,
Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day.
This chain you had of me, can you deny it?
Ant. S. I think, I had; I never did deny it.
Mer. Yes, that you did, sir; and forswore it too.
Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forswear it?
Mer. These ears 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. I'll prove
mine honour and mine honesty Against thee presently, if thou dar'st stand. Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.
[They draw. Enter ADRIANA, Luciana, Courtezan, and others. Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; he is
mad. Some get within him, 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.
[Ekeunt Antiph. and Dro. to the Abbey.
Enter the Lady Abbess.
Abb. Be quiet, people. Wherefore throng you
Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband hence.
Let us come in, that we may bind him fast,
And bear him home for his recovery.
Ang. I knew he was not in his perfect wits.
Mer. I am sorry now that I did draw on him.
Abb. How long hath this possession held the man?
Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad,
And much different from the man he was before ;
But, till this afternoon, his passion
Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.
Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck of sea?
Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his eye
Stray'd his affection in unlawful love?
A sin, prevailing much in youthful men,
Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
Which of these sorrows is he subject to ?
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. Adr. Why, so I did.
Ay, but not rough enough. Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let me. Abb. Haply, in private. Adr.
And in assemblies too. Abb. Ay, but not enough.
Adr. It was the copie of our conference.
In bed, he slept not for my urging it;
At board, he fed not for my urging it;
Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
In company, I often glanced at it;
Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.
Abb. And therefore 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 therefore comes it that his head is light.
Thou say'st bis meat was sauc'd with thy upbraidings;
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 bis sports were hinder'd by thy brawls;
Sweet recreation barr’d, what doth ensue,
But moody and dull Melancholy only,
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
Hath scar'd thy husband from the use of his 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
forth. Abb. Neither; he took this place for sanctuary,
And it shall privilege him from your hands,
Till I have brought him to his wits again,
Or lose my labour in assaying it.
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
And will have no attorney but myself;
And therefore let me have him home with me,
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let hiin stir,
Till I have us’d the approved means I have,
With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy prayers,
To make of him a formal man again.
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,
A charitable duty of my order;
Therefore depart, and leave him here with me.
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here; And ill it doth beseem your holiness, To separate the husband and the wife. Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not have him.
[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 sorry13 execution,
Behind the ditches of the abbey here.
Ang. Upon what cause ?
Mer. To see a reverent Syracusian 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 pass the abbey.