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Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer;
Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel
Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within this
To yield possession to my holy prayers,
And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight;
Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not
Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul!
Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your cus-
Did this companion with the saffron face
Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you din'd at
Where 'would you had remain'd until this time,
Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at
Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I shut out?
6 -companion - A word of contempt, anciently used as we now use-fellow. STEEVENS.
Dro. E. Perdy," your doors were lock'd, and you
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-vestal scorn'd you.
Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from thence?
Dro. E. In verity, you did;-my bones bear wit
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
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 of 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
That I was sent for nothing but a rope!
Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is possess'd;
7 Perdy,] A corruption of the common French oath-Pardieu. Chaucer's personages are frequent in their use of it.
8 Certes, i. e. certainly.
9 kitchen-vestal — Her charge being like that of the vestal virgins, to keep the fire burning. JOHNSON.
I know it by their pale and deadly looks:
They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth to-day,
And why dost thou deny the bag of gold?
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
Luc. Ah me, poor man! how pale and wan he looks!
Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou gaoler, thou,
I am thy prisoner: wilt thou suffer them
To make a rescue?
Masters, let him go: He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him. 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?
Off. 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 pay ite
Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for
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.-Sister, go you with
[Exeunt PINCH and Assistants, with ANT. E. and DRо. 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
Off. Two hundred ducats.
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 may be so, but I did never see it :Come, gaoler, bring me where the goldsmith is, I long to know the truth hereof at large.
unhappy strumpet!] Unhappy is here used in one of the senses of unlucky; i. e. mischievous. STEEVENS.
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.
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 from you.
Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff2 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 baggage was always thus denominated. MALONE.