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Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer;
Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks!
pulse. Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your
Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within this
man, To yield possession to my holy prayers, And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight; I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not
mad. Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed
soul! Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your cus
tomers? Did this companion with the saffron face Revel and feast it at my house to-day, Whilst upon ine the guilty doors were shut, And I denied to enter in my house? Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you din'd at
home, Where 'would you had remain'd until this time, Free from these slanders, and this open shame! Ant. E. I din’d at home! Thou villain, what
say'st thou? Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at
home. Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I shut
companion -] A word of contempt, anciently used as we now use fellow. STEVENS.
Dro. E. Perdy, your doors were lock’d, and you
shut out. Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there? Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you there, . Ant. E. Did not her kitchen maid rail, taunt,
and scorn me? Dro. E. Certes, she did; the kitchen-vestalo
scorn'd you. Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from
thence? Dro. E. In verity, you did ;-my bones bear wit
ness, That since have felt the vigour of his rage.
Adr. Is't good, to sooth him in these contraries?
Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his vein, And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy. Ant. E. Thou hast suborn'd the goldsmith to
arrest me. Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, By Dromio here, who came in haste for it. Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good-will you
might, But, surely, master, not a rag
money. Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of
ducats? Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it. Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did. Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me wit
ness, That I was sent for nothing but a rope! Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is pos
7 Perdy,] A corruption of the common French oath-Pardieu. Chaucer's personages are frequent in their use of it. 8 Çertes,] i. e. certainly.
kitchen-vestal - 1 Her charge being like that of the vestal virgins, to keep the fire burning. Johnson.
I know it by their pale and deadly looks:
Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth.
Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no gold; But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out. Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak’st false in
both. Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all; And art confederate with a damned pack, To make a loathsome abject scorn of me: But with these nails I'll pluck out these false eyes, That would behold me in this shameful sport.
(Pinch and his Assistants bind Ant. E. and
DRO. E. Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not come
Pinch. More company ;--the fiend is strong
within him. Luc. Ah me, poor man! how pale and wan he
Masters, let him go:
Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantick too:
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish officer? Hast thou delight to see a wretched man Do outrage and displeasure to himself? Of. He is my prisoner;- if I let him go,
, The debt he owes, will be requir'd of me.
Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: Bear me forthwith unto his creditor,
And, knowing how the debt grows, I will рау
ito Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd Home to my house.-0 most unhappy day!
Ant. E. O most unhappy strumpet !! Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for
you. Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost
thou mad me? Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be mad, Good master; cry, the devil.-Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they
talk! Adr. Go bear him hence.- Sisters go you with
[Exeunt Pinch and Assistants, with ANT. E.
and DRO. E. Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith; Do you know
him? Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he
owes ? Off. Two hundred ducats. Adr.
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
but I did never see it: Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is, I long to know the truth hereof at large.
1 unhappy strumpet!] Unhappy is here used in one of the senses of unlucky; i. e. mischievous. STEEVEXS.
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
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.
our stuff -] i. e. our baggage. In the orders that were issued for the Royal Progresses in the last century, the king's baga gage was always thus denominated. MALONE.