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The Comedy of Errors

ACT IV SCENE I A public place. 
[Enter Second Merchant, ANGELO, and an Officer]
Second MerchantYou know since Pentecost the sum is due,
And since I have not much importuned you;
Nor now I had not, but that I am bound
To Persia, and want guilders for my voyage:
Therefore make present satisfaction,5
Or I'll attach you by this officer.
ANGELOEven just the sum that I do owe to you
Is growing to me by Antipholus,
And in the instant that I met with you
He had of me a chain: at five o'clock10
I shall receive the money for the same.
Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house,
I will discharge my bond and thank you too.
[ Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus and DROMIO of Ephesus from the courtezan's ]
OfficerThat labour may you save: see where he comes.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSWhile I go to the goldsmith's house, go thou15
And buy a rope's end: that will I bestow
Among my wife and her confederates,
For locking me out of my doors by day.
But, soft! I see the goldsmith. Get thee gone;
Buy thou a rope and bring it home to me.20
DROMIO OF EPHESUSI buy a thousand pound a year: I buy a rope.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSA man is well holp up that trusts to you:
I promised your presence and the chain;
But neither chain nor goldsmith came to me.
Belike you thought our love would last too long,25
If it were chain'd together, and therefore came not.
ANGELOSaving your merry humour, here's the note
How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat,
The fineness of the gold and chargeful fashion.
Which doth amount to three odd ducats more30
Than I stand debted to this gentleman:
I pray you, see him presently discharged,
For he is bound to sea and stays but for it.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSI am not furnish'd with the present money;
Besides, I have some business in the town.35
Good signior, take the stranger to my house
And with you take the chain and bid my wife
Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof:
Perchance I will be there as soon as you.
ANGELOThen you will bring the chain to her yourself?40
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSNo; bear it with you, lest I come not time enough.
ANGELOWell, sir, I will. Have you the chain about you?
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSAn if I have not, sir, I hope you have;
Or else you may return without your money.
ANGELONay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the chain:45
Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman,
And I, to blame, have held him here too long.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSGood Lord! you use this dalliance to excuse
Your breach of promise to the Porpentine.
I should have chid you for not bringing it,50
But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl.
Second MerchantThe hour steals on; I pray you, sir, dispatch.
ANGELOYou hear how he importunes me;--the chain!
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSWhy, give it to my wife and fetch your money.
ANGELOCome, come, you know I gave it you even now.55
Either send the chain or send me by some token.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSFie, now you run this humour out of breath,
where's the chain? I pray you, let me see it.
Second MerchantMy business cannot brook this dalliance.
Good sir, say whether you'll answer me or no:60
If not, I'll leave him to the officer.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSI answer you! what should I answer you?
ANGELOThe money that you owe me for the chain.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSI owe you none till I receive the chain.
ANGELOYou know I gave it you half an hour since.65
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSYou gave me none: you wrong me much to say so.
ANGELOYou wrong me more, sir, in denying it:
Consider how it stands upon my credit.
Second MerchantWell, officer, arrest him at my suit.
OfficerI do; and charge you in the duke's name to obey me.70
ANGELOThis touches me in reputation.
Either consent to pay this sum for me
Or I attach you by this officer.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSConsent to pay thee that I never had!
Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou darest.75
ANGELOHere is thy fee; arrest him, officer,
I would not spare my brother in this case,
If he should scorn me so apparently.
OfficerI do arrest you, sir: you hear the suit.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSI do obey thee till I give thee bail.80
But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
As all the metal in your shop will answer.
ANGELOSir, sir, I will have law in Ephesus,
To your notorious shame; I doubt it not.
[Enter DROMIO of Syracuse, from the bay]
DROMIO OF SYRACUSEMaster, there is a bark of Epidamnum85
That stays but till her owner comes aboard,
And then, sir, she bears away. Our fraughtage, sir,
I have convey'd aboard; and I have bought
The oil, the balsamum and aqua-vitae.
The ship is in her trim; the merry wind90
Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all
But for their owner, master, and yourself.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSHow now! a madman! Why, thou peevish sheep,
What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?
DROMIO OF SYRACUSEA ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.95
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSThou drunken slave, I sent thee for a rope;
And told thee to what purpose and what end.
DROMIO OF SYRACUSEYou sent me for a rope's end as soon:
You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUSI will debate this matter at more leisure100
And teach your ears to list me with more heed.
To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight:
Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk
That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry,
There is a purse of ducats; let her send it:105
Tell her I am arrested in the street
And that shall bail me; hie thee, slave, be gone!
On, officer, to prison till it come.
[ Exeunt Second Merchant, Angelo, Officer, and Antipholus of Ephesus ]
DROMIO OF SYRACUSETo Adriana! that is where we dined,
Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:110
She is too big, I hope, for me to compass.
Thither I must, although against my will,
For servants must their masters' minds fulfil.

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