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ACT IV - SCENE I. A public place.
Enter Second Merchant, ANGELO, and an Officer

Second Merchant
1    You know since Pentecost the sum is due,
2    And since I have not much importuned you;
3    Nor now I had not, but that I am bound
4    To Persia, and want guilders for my voyage:
5    Therefore make present satisfaction,
6    Or I'll attach you by this officer.
ANGELO
7    Even just the sum that I do owe to you
8    Is growing to me by Antipholus,
9    And in the instant that I met with you
10   He had of me a chain: at five o'clock
11   I shall receive the money for the same.
12   Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house,
13   I will discharge my bond and thank you too.
Officer
14   That labour may you save: see where he comes.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
15   While I go to the goldsmith's house, go thou
16   And buy a rope's end: that will I bestow
17   Among my wife and her confederates,
18   For locking me out of my doors by day.
19   But, soft! I see the goldsmith. Get thee gone;
20   Buy thou a rope and bring it home to me.
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
21   I buy a thousand pound a year: I buy a rope.
Exit

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
22   A man is well holp up that trusts to you:
23   I promised your presence and the chain;
24   But neither chain nor goldsmith came to me.
25   Belike you thought our love would last too long,
26   If it were chain'd together, and therefore came not.
ANGELO
27   Saving your merry humour, here's the note
28   How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat,
29   The fineness of the gold and chargeful fashion.
30   Which doth amount to three odd ducats more
31   Than I stand debted to this gentleman:
32   I pray you, see him presently discharged,
33   For he is bound to sea and stays but for it.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
34   I am not furnish'd with the present money;
35   Besides, I have some business in the town.
36   Good signior, take the stranger to my house
37   And with you take the chain and bid my wife
38   Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof:
39   Perchance I will be there as soon as you.
ANGELO
40   Then you will bring the chain to her yourself?
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
41   No; bear it with you, lest I come not time enough.
ANGELO
42   Well, sir, I will. Have you the chain about you?
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
43   An if I have not, sir, I hope you have;
44   Or else you may return without your money.
ANGELO
45   Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the chain:
46   Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman,
47   And I, to blame, have held him here too long.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
48   Good Lord! you use this dalliance to excuse
49   Your breach of promise to the Porpentine.
50   I should have chid you for not bringing it,
51   But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl.
Second Merchant
52   The hour steals on; I pray you, sir, dispatch.
ANGELO
53   You hear how he importunes me;--the chain!
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
54   Why, give it to my wife and fetch your money.
ANGELO
55   Come, come, you know I gave it you even now.
56   Either send the chain or send me by some token.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
57   Fie, now you run this humour out of breath,
58   where's the chain? I pray you, let me see it.
Second Merchant
59   My business cannot brook this dalliance.
60   Good sir, say whether you'll answer me or no:
61   If not, I'll leave him to the officer.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
62   I answer you! what should I answer you?
ANGELO
63   The money that you owe me for the chain.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
64   I owe you none till I receive the chain.
ANGELO
65   You know I gave it you half an hour since.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
66   You gave me none: you wrong me much to say so.
ANGELO
67   You wrong me more, sir, in denying it:
68   Consider how it stands upon my credit.
Second Merchant
69   Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.
Officer
70   I do; and charge you in the duke's name to obey me.
ANGELO
71   This touches me in reputation.
72   Either consent to pay this sum for me
73   Or I attach you by this officer.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
74   Consent to pay thee that I never had!
75   Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou darest.
ANGELO
76   Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer,
77   I would not spare my brother in this case,
78   If he should scorn me so apparently.
Officer
79   I do arrest you, sir: you hear the suit.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
80   I do obey thee till I give thee bail.
81   But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
82   As all the metal in your shop will answer.
ANGELO
83   Sir, sir, I will have law in Ephesus,
84   To your notorious shame; I doubt it not.
Enter DROMIO of Syracuse, from the bay

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
85   Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum
86   That stays but till her owner comes aboard,
87   And then, sir, she bears away. Our fraughtage, sir,
88   I have convey'd aboard; and I have bought
89   The oil, the balsamum and aqua-vitae.
90   The ship is in her trim; the merry wind
91   Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all
92   But for their owner, master, and yourself.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
93   How now! a madman! Why, thou peevish sheep,
94   What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
95   A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
96   Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a rope;
97   And told thee to what purpose and what end.
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
98   You sent me for a rope's end as soon:
99   You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
100  I will debate this matter at more leisure
101  And teach your ears to list me with more heed.
102  To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight:
103  Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk
104  That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry,
105  There is a purse of ducats; let her send it:
106  Tell her I am arrested in the street
107  And that shall bail me; hie thee, slave, be gone!
108  On, officer, to prison till it come.
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
109  To Adriana! that is where we dined,
110  Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:
111  She is too big, I hope, for me to compass.
112  Thither I must, although against my will,
113  For servants must their masters' minds fulfil.
Exit

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I

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