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And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me,
Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech
For these deep shames and great indignities,
That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out.
Duke. But had he such a chain of thee, or no? Ang. He had, my lord; and when he ran in here, These people saw the chain about his neck.
Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of mine, Heard you confess you had the chain of him, After you first forswore it on the mart, And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you; And then, you fled into this abbey here, From whence, I think, you are come by miracle.
Ant. E. I never came within these abbey walls, Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me : I never saw the chain, so help me Heaven! And this is false, you burden me withal.
Duke. Why what an intricate impeach is this! I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup. If here you hous'd him, here he would have been ; If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly.You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here Denies that saying :-Sirrah, what say you ?
Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcupine.
Cour. He did; and from my finger snatch'd that -ring.
Ant. E. 'Tis true, my liege, this ring I had of her. Duke, Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here? Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace.
Duke. Why, this is strange :-Go call the abbess
I think you are all mated*, or stark mad.
[Exit an attendant. Ege. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a word;
Haply I see a friend will save my life,
Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou wilt. Ege. Is not your name, sir, call'd Antipholus? And is not that your bondman, Dromio?
Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, sir, But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords; Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.
Ege. I am sure, you both of you remember me. Dro. Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you; For lately we were bound as you are now. You are not Pinch's patient, are you, sir ?
Ege. Why look you strange on me? you know
Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now.
And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand,
Dromio, nor thou? Dro. E. No, trust me, sir, nor 1.
I am sure, thou dost. Dro. Ay, sir? but I am sure, I do not; and whatsoever a man denies, you are now bound to believe him.
Ege. Not know my voice! O, time's extremity ! Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor tongue, In seven short years, that here my only son Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares? Though now this grained* face of mine be hid * Confounded. † Alteration of features. + Furrowed, lined,
In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow,
Ant. É. I never saw my father in my life.
Ant. E. The duke and all that know me in the city,
Can witness with me that it is not so;
Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years
Enter the Abbess, with Antipholus Syracusan, and Dromio Syracusan.
Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd. [All gather to see him. Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me. Duke. One of these men is Genius to the other; And so of these: Which is the natural man, And which the spirit? Who deciphers them?
Dro. S. I sir, am Dromio; command him away. Dro. E. I, sir, am Dromio; pray, let me stay. Ant. S. Egeon, art thou not? or else his ghost? Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound him
Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds, And gain a husband by his liberty :Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man That had'st a wife once call'd Æmilia, That bore thee at a burden two fair sons: O, if thou be'st the same Ægeon, speak,
And speak unto the same Æmilia !
Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I,
Duke. Why here begins his morning story right*;
Ant. S. No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse. Duke. Stay, stand apart! I know not which is
Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gracious
Dro. E. And I with him.
Ant. E. Brought to this town by that most famous warrior
Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle.
Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
And are not you my husband? Ant. E. No, I say nay to that. Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so; And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here, Did call me brother :-What I told you then, I hope, I shall have leisure to make good; If this be not a dream I see and hear.
Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me. Ant. S. I think it be, sir; I deny it not.
*The morning story is what Egeon tells the duke in the first scene of this play.
Ant. E. And you, sir, for this chain arrested me. Ang. I think I did, sir; I deny it not. Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail, By Dromio; but I think he brought it not. Dro. E. No, none by me.
Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you, And Dromio my man did bring them me : I see, we still did meet each other's man, And I was ta'en for him, and he for me, And thereupon these errors are arose.
Ant. E. These ducats pawn I for my father here. Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his life. Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. Ant. E. There, take it; and much thanks for my good cheer.
Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains To go with us into the abbey here, And here at large discoursed all our fortune s:And all that are assembled in this place, That by this sympathized one day's error Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company, And we shall make full satisfaction.Twenty-five years have 1 but gone in travail Of you, my sons; nor, till this present hour, My heavy burdens are delivered:The duke, my husband, and my children both, And you, the calendars of their nativity, Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me; After so long grief, such nativity!
Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast. [Exeunt Duke, Abbess, Ægeon, Courtezan, Merchant, Angelo, and attendants.
Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from shipboard?
Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou embark'd?
Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at host, sir, in the Centaur.
Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master, Dromio :