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Ang. You are a merry man, sir; fare
[Exit. Ant. S. What I should think of this, I cannot
tell: But this I think, there's no man is so vain, That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain. I see, a man here needs not live by shifts, When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. I'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay; If any ship put out, then straight away. [Exit.
SCENE I. The same.
Enter a Merchant, ANGELO, and an Officer.
Mer. You know, since pentecost the sum is due, And since I have not much importun'd you; Nor now I had not, but that I am bound To Persia, and want gilders for my voyage: Therefore make present satisfaction, Or I'll attach you by this officer.
Ang. Even 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 ine a chain; at five o'clock, 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
want gilders-] A gilder is a coin valued from one shilling and six-pence, to two shillings. • Is growing to me--] .i. e. accruing to me.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and DROMIO
of Ephesus. Of. That labour may you save; see where he
comes. Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house,
And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow
: Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me. Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy a rope!
[ Exit DROMIO. Ant. E. A 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, If it were chain'd together; and therefore came not.
Ang. Saving your merry humour, here's the note,
self} Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not
Ang. Well, sir, I will: Have you the chain about
Ant. E. Good lord, you use this dalliance, to
Your breach of promise to the Porcupine:
chain Ant. E. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch
, your money Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you even
now; Either send the chain, or send me by some token. Ant. E. Fye! now you run this humour out of
breath: Come, where's the chain? I pray you, let me see it.
Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance: Good sir, say, whe'r you'll answer me, or no; If not, I'll leave him to the officer. Ant. E. I answer you! What should I answer
you? Ang. The money, that you owe me for the chain. Ant. E. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since. Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong me much
to say so. Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it: Consider, how it stands upon my credit.
Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.
to obey me.
, Or I attach you by this officer.
Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had !
Off. I do arrest you, sir; you hear the suit.
Ant. E. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail:-
Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus,
Enter DROMIO of Syracuse. Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum, That stays but till her owner comes aboard, And then, sir, bears away: our fraughtage, sir, I have convey'd aboard; and I have bought The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitæ.
, The ship is in her trim; the merry wind
0 Blows fair from land: they stay for nought at all, But for their owner, master, and yourself. Ant. E. How now! a madman? Why thou peer
Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.
Dro. S. You sent me, sir, for a rope’s-end as
You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
Ant. £. I will debate this matter at more leisure, And teach your ears to listen 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; 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 Merchant, ANGELO, Officer, and Ant. E.
Dro. S. To Adriana! that is where we din'd, Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband: She is too big, I hope, for me to compass. Thither I must, although against my will, For servants must their masters' minds fulfil. [Exit.
Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA.
Adr. Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so?
Might'st thou perceive austerely in his eye That he did plead in earnest, yea or no?
Look'd he or red, or pale; or sad, or merrily? What observation mad'st thou in this case, Of his heart's meteors tilting in his face ?8
Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right. Adr. He meant, he did me none; the more my
meteors tilting in his face?] Alluding to those meteors in the sky, which have the appearance of lines of armies meeting in the shock.