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After his brother, and importun'd me
(Exit, with GUARDS.
Enter ANTIPHOLIS OF SYRACUSE, DROMIO or
SYRACUSE, and First MERCHANT.
1 Mer. Therefore, give out you are of Epidam
num, Lest that your goods be forfeit to the state. This very day, a Syracusan merchant Is apprehended for arrival here; And, not being able to buy out his life, Dies ere the weary sun sets in the west.There is your money, which I had to keep. Ant. of Syr. Go, bear it to the Centaur, where we
host, And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. Within this hour it will be dinner-time; Till then I'll view the manners of the town, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, And then return, and sleep within mine inn; For, with long travel, I am sick and weary. Get thee away! Dro. of Syr. Many a man would take you at your
word, And go away, indeed, having so great A treasure in his charge.--Of what strength do You conceive my honesty, good master, That you dare put it to such temptation? Ant. of Syr. Of proof against a greater charge that
Were it remiss, thy love would strengthen it:
Ant. of Syr. That very doubt is my security.--.
sayingAnt. of Syr. Then thou hast no occasion to tell it
Begone, I say.- [Exit DROMIO OF SYRACUSE.
walk with me about the town, And then go to the inn, and dine with me?
1 Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants,
self, And wander up and down to view thre city. 1 Mer. Sir, 1 commend you to your own content.
[Erit. Ant. of Syr. He, that commends me to my own
So I, to find a mother, and a brother,
Enter DROMIO OF EPHESUS.
How now! How chance thou art return'd so soon? Dro. of Eph. Return'd so soon ! Rather approach'd
too late The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit, The clock hath strucken twelve upon the bell, My mistress made it one upon my cheek ;She is so hot, because the meat is cold, The meat is cold, because you come not home, You come not home, because you have no stomach, You have no stomach, having broke your But we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray, Are penitent for your default to-day.
Ant. of Syr. Stop in your wind, sir;-tell me this, Where have you left the money, that I gave you?
Dro. of Eph. Money !-Oh, the money that I Wednesday last, to pay for mending my Mistress's saddle. The sadler had it, sir; I kept it not.
Ant. of Syr. I am not in a sportive humour now; Tell me, and dally not-where is the money? We being strangers here, how dar'st thou trust So great a charge from thine own custody? Dro. of Eph. I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at
dinner 1, from my mistress, come to you in haste. Methinks your stomach, like mine, should be your
clock, And send you home without a messenger. Ant. of Syr. Come, Dromio, come, these jests are out of season ;
Reserve them till a merrier hour than this.-
ness, And tell me how thou hast dispos'd my charge. Dro. of Eph. My charge was but to fetch you
Home to your house, the Phönix, sir, to dinner;
Int. of Syr. Now, as I am a christian, answer me,
pate, Some of my mistress' marks upon my shoulders ; Between you both, they make, perhaps, a thousand : If I should pay your worship these again, Perchance
will not take it patiently. Ant. of Syr. Thy mistress' marks ! - What mistress,
slave, hast ihou ? Dro. of Eph. Your worship's wife, my mistress, at
the Phænix, She, that doth fast till you come home to dinner. And prays that
you Ant. of Syr. What, wilt thou flout me thus unto
will haste you.
Being forbid ?—There, take you that, sir knave!
sake, hold your hands Nay, an you will not, sir, I'll take my heels. (Exit.
, Ant. of Syr. Upon my life, by some device or
other, The villain has been trick'd of all my money.