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    Act 5, Scene I

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    SCENE I. A street before a Priory.

    Enter Second Merchant and ANGELO
    ANGELO
    I am sorry, sir, that I have hinder'd you;
    But, I protest, he had the chain of me,
    Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.

    Second Merchant
    How is the man esteemed here in the city?

    ANGELO
    Of very reverend reputation, sir,
    Of credit infinite, highly beloved,
    Second to none that lives here in the city:
    His word might bear my wealth at any time.

    Second Merchant
    Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks.

    Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse and DROMIO of Syracuse

    ANGELO
    'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck
    Which he forswore most monstrously to have.
    Good sir, draw near to me, I'll speak to him.
    Signior Antipholus, I wonder much
    That you would put me to this shame and trouble;
    And, not without some scandal to yourself,
    With circumstance and oaths so to deny
    This chain which now you wear so openly:
    Beside the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
    You have done wrong to this my honest friend,
    Who, but for staying on our controversy,
    Had hoisted sail and put to sea to-day:
    This chain you had of me; can you deny it?
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    I think I had; I never did deny it.

    Second Merchant
    Yes, that you did, sir, and forswore it too.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    Who heard me to deny it or forswear it?

    Second Merchant
    These ears of mine, thou know'st did hear thee.
    Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity that thou livest
    To walk where any honest man resort.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    Thou art a villain to impeach me thus:
    I'll prove mine honour and mine honesty
    Against thee presently, if thou darest stand.

    Second Merchant
    I dare, and do defy thee for a villain.

    They draw

    Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, the Courtezan, and others

    ADRIANA
    Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake! he is mad.
    Some get within him, take his sword away:
    Bind Dromio too, and bear them to my house.

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    Run, master, run; for God's sake, take a house!
    This is some priory. In, or we are spoil'd!

    Exeunt Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse to the Priory

    Enter the Lady Abbess, AEMILIA

    AEMELIA
    Be quiet, people. Wherefore throng you hither?

    ADRIANA
    To fetch my poor distracted husband hence.
    Let us come in, that we may bind him fast
    And bear him home for his recovery.

    ANGELO
    I knew he was not in his perfect wits.

    Second Merchant
    I am sorry now that I did draw on him.

    AEMELIA
    How long hath this possession held the man?

    ADRIANA
    This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad,
    And much different from the man he was;
    But till this afternoon his passion
    Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

    AEMELIA
    Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck of sea?
    Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his eye
    Stray'd his affection in unlawful love?
    A sin prevailing much in youthful men,
    Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
    Which of these sorrows is he subject to?

    ADRIANA
    To none of these, except it be the last;
    Namely, some love that drew him oft from home.

    AEMELIA
    You should for that have reprehended him.

    ADRIANA
    Why, so I did.

    AEMELIA
    Ay, but not rough enough.

    ADRIANA
    As roughly as my modesty would let me.

    AEMELIA
    Haply, in private.

    ADRIANA
    And in assemblies too.

    AEMELIA
    Ay, but not enough.

    ADRIANA
    It was the copy of our conference:
    In bed he slept not for my urging it;
    At board he fed not for my urging it;
    Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
    In company I often glanced it;
    Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

    AEMELIA
    And thereof came it that the man was mad.
    The venom clamours of a jealous woman
    Poisons more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.
    It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing,
    And therefore comes it that his head is light.
    Thou say'st his meat was sauced with thy upbraidings:
    Unquiet meals make ill digestions;
    Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;
    And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
    Thou say'st his sports were hinderd by thy brawls:
    Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue
    But moody and dull melancholy,
    Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair,
    And at her heels a huge infectious troop
    Of pale distemperatures and foes to life?
    In food, in sport and life-preserving rest
    To be disturb'd, would mad or man or beast:
    The consequence is then thy jealous fits
    Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.

    LUCIANA
    She never reprehended him but mildly,
    When he demean'd himself rough, rude and wildly.
    Why bear you these rebukes and answer not?

    ADRIANA
    She did betray me to my own reproof.
    Good people enter and lay hold on him.

    AEMELIA
    No, not a creature enters in my house.

    ADRIANA
    Then let your servants bring my husband forth.

    AEMELIA
    Neither: he took this place for sanctuary,
    And it shall privilege him from your hands
    Till I have brought him to his wits again,
    Or lose my labour in assaying it.

    ADRIANA
    I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
    Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
    And will have no attorney but myself;
    And therefore let me have him home with me.

    AEMELIA
    Be patient; for I will not let him stir
    Till I have used the approved means I have,
    With wholesome syrups, drugs and holy prayers,
    To make of him a formal man again:
    It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,
    A charitable duty of my order.
    Therefore depart and leave him here with me.

    ADRIANA
    I will not hence and leave my husband here:
    And ill it doth beseem your holiness
    To separate the husband and the wife.

    AEMELIA
    Be quiet and depart: thou shalt not have him.

    Exit

    LUCIANA
    Complain unto the duke of this indignity.

    ADRIANA
    Come, go: I will fall prostrate at his feet
    And never rise until my tears and prayers
    Have won his grace to come in person hither
    And take perforce my husband from the abbess.

    Second Merchant
    By this, I think, the dial points at five:
    Anon, I'm sure, the duke himself in person
    Comes this way to the melancholy vale,
    The place of death and sorry execution,
    Behind the ditches of the abbey here.

    ANGELO
    Upon what cause?

    Second Merchant
    To see a reverend Syracusian merchant,
    Who put unluckily into this bay
    Against the laws and statutes of this town,
    Beheaded publicly for his offence.

    ANGELO
    See where they come: we will behold his death.

    LUCIANA
    Kneel to the duke before he pass the abbey.

    Enter DUKE SOLINUS, attended; AEGEON bareheaded; with the Headsman and other Officers

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Yet once again proclaim it publicly,
    If any friend will pay the sum for him,
    He shall not die; so much we tender him.

    ADRIANA
    Justice, most sacred duke, against the abbess!

    DUKE SOLINUS
    She is a virtuous and a reverend lady:
    It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong.

    ADRIANA
    May it please your grace, Antipholus, my husband,
    Whom I made lord of me and all I had,
    At your important letters,--this ill day
    A most outrageous fit of madness took him;
    That desperately he hurried through the street,
    With him his bondman, all as mad as he--
    Doing displeasure to the citizens
    By rushing in their houses, bearing thence
    Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.
    Once did I get him bound and sent him home,
    Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went,
    That here and there his fury had committed.
    Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,
    He broke from those that had the guard of him;
    And with his mad attendant and himself,
    Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords,
    Met us again and madly bent on us,
    Chased us away; till, raising of more aid,
    We came again to bind them. Then they fled
    Into this abbey, whither we pursued them:
    And here the abbess shuts the gates on us
    And will not suffer us to fetch him out,
    Nor send him forth that we may bear him hence.
    Therefore, most gracious duke, with thy command
    Let him be brought forth and borne hence for help.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Long since thy husband served me in my wars,
    And I to thee engaged a prince's word,
    When thou didst make him master of thy bed,
    To do him all the grace and good I could.
    Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate
    And bid the lady abbess come to me.
    I will determine this before I stir.

    Enter a Servant

    Servant
    O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself!
    My master and his man are both broke loose,
    Beaten the maids a-row and bound the doctor
    Whose beard they have singed off with brands of fire;
    And ever, as it blazed, they threw on him
    Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair:
    My master preaches patience to him and the while
    His man with scissors nicks him like a fool,
    And sure, unless you send some present help,
    Between them they will kill the conjurer.

    ADRIANA
    Peace, fool! thy master and his man are here,
    And that is false thou dost report to us.

    Servant
    Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true;
    I have not breathed almost since I did see it.
    He cries for you, and vows, if he can take you,
    To scorch your face and to disfigure you.

    Cry within

    Hark, hark! I hear him, mistress. fly, be gone!

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Come, stand by me; fear nothing. Guard with halberds!

    ADRIANA
    Ay me, it is my husband! Witness you,
    That he is borne about invisible:
    Even now we housed him in the abbey here;
    And now he's there, past thought of human reason.

    Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus and DROMIO of Ephesus

    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    Justice, most gracious duke, O, grant me justice!
    Even for the service that long since I did thee,
    When I bestrid thee in the wars and took
    Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood
    That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice.

    AEGEON
    Unless the fear of death doth make me dote,
    I see my son Antipholus and Dromio.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    Justice, sweet prince, against that woman there!
    She whom thou gavest to me to be my wife,
    That hath abused and dishonour'd me
    Even in the strength and height of injury!
    Beyond imagination is the wrong
    That she this day hath shameless thrown on me.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    This day, great duke, she shut the doors upon me,
    While she with harlots feasted in my house.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    A grievous fault! Say, woman, didst thou so?

    ADRIANA
    No, my good lord: myself, he and my sister
    To-day did dine together. So befall my soul
    As this is false he burdens me withal!

    LUCIANA
    Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on night,
    But she tells to your highness simple truth!

    ANGELO
    O perjured woman! They are both forsworn:
    In this the madman justly chargeth them.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    My liege, I am advised what I say,
    Neither disturbed with the effect of wine,
    Nor heady-rash, provoked with raging ire,
    Albeit my wrongs might make one wiser mad.
    This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner:
    That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with her,
    Could witness it, for he was with me then;
    Who parted with me to go fetch a chain,
    Promising to bring it to the Porpentine,
    Where Balthazar and I did dine together.
    Our dinner done, and he not coming thither,
    I went to seek him: in the street I met him
    And in his company that gentleman.
    There did this perjured goldsmith swear me down
    That I this day of him received the chain,
    Which, God he knows, I saw not: for the which
    He did arrest me with an officer.
    I did obey, and sent my peasant home
    For certain ducats: he with none return'd
    Then fairly I bespoke the officer
    To go in person with me to my house.
    By the way we met
    My wife, her sister, and a rabble more
    Of vile confederates. Along with them
    They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-faced villain,
    A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
    A threadbare juggler and a fortune-teller,
    A needy, hollow-eyed, sharp-looking wretch,
    A dead-looking man: this pernicious slave,
    Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer,
    And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse,
    And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me,
    Cries out, I was possess'd. Then all together
    They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence
    And in a dark and dankish vault at home
    There left me and my man, both bound together;
    Till, gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder,
    I gain'd my freedom, and immediately
    Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech
    To give me ample satisfaction
    For these deep shames and great indignities.

    ANGELO
    My lord, in truth, thus far I witness with him,
    That he dined not at home, but was lock'd out.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    But had he such a chain of thee or no?

    ANGELO
    He had, my lord: and when he ran in here,
    These people saw the chain about his neck.

    Second Merchant
    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.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    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 SOLINUS
    Why, what an intricate impeach is this!
    I think you all have drunk of Circe's cup.
    If here you housed 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?

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porpentine.

    Courtezan
    He did, and from my finger snatch'd that ring.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    'Tis true, my liege; this ring I had of her.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here?

    Courtezan
    As sure, my liege, as I do see your grace.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Why, this is strange. Go call the abbess hither.
    I think you are all mated or stark mad.

    Exit one to Abbess

    AEGEON
    Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak a word:
    Haply I see a friend will save my life
    And pay the sum that may deliver me.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Speak freely, Syracusian, what thou wilt.

    AEGEON
    Is not your name, sir, call'd Antipholus?
    And is not that your bondman, Dromio?

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    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.

    AEGEON
    I am sure you both of you remember me.

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    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?

    AEGEON
    Why look you strange on me? you know me well.

    ANTIPHOLUS
    I never saw you in my life till now.

    AEGEON
    O, grief hath changed me since you saw me last,
    And careful hours with time's deformed hand
    Have written strange defeatures in my face:
    But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice?
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    Neither.

    AEGEON
    Dromio, nor thou?

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    No, trust me, sir, nor I.

    AEGEON
    I am sure thou dost.

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    Ay, sir, but I am sure I do not; and whatsoever a
    man denies, you are now bound to believe him.

    AEGEON
    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 untuned cares?
    Though now this grained face of mine be hid
    In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow,
    And all the conduits of my blood froze up,
    Yet hath my night of life some memory,
    My wasting lamps some fading glimmer left,
    My dull deaf ears a little use to hear:
    All these old witnesses--I cannot err--
    Tell me thou art my son Antipholus.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    I never saw my father in my life.

    AEGEON
    But seven years since, in Syracusa, boy,
    Thou know'st we parted: but perhaps, my son,
    Thou shamest to acknowledge me in misery.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    The duke and all that know me in the city
    Can witness with me that it is not so
    I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    I tell thee, Syracusian, twenty years
    Have I been patron to Antipholus,
    During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa:
    I see thy age and dangers make thee dote.

    Re-enter AEMILIA, with ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse and DROMIO of Syracuse

    AEMELIA
    Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd.

    All gather to see them

    ADRIANA
    I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    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?

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    I, sir, am Dromio; command him away.

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    I, sir, am Dromio; pray, let me stay.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    AEgeon art thou not? or else his ghost?

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    O, my old master! who hath bound him here?

    AEMELIA
    Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds
    And gain a husband by his liberty.
    Speak, old AEgeon, if thou be'st the man
    That hadst a wife once call'd AEmilia
    That bore thee at a burden two fair sons:
    O, if thou be'st the same AEgeon, speak,
    And speak unto the same AEmilia!

    AEGEON
    If I dream not, thou art AEmilia:
    If thou art she, tell me where is that son
    That floated with thee on the fatal raft?

    AEMELIA
    By men of Epidamnum he and I
    And the twin Dromio all were taken up;
    But by and by rude fishermen of Corinth
    By force took Dromio and my son from them
    And me they left with those of Epidamnum.
    What then became of them I cannot tell
    I to this fortune that you see me in.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Why, here begins his morning story right;
    These two Antipholuses, these two so like,
    And these two Dromios, one in semblance,--
    Besides her urging of her wreck at sea,--
    These are the parents to these children,
    Which accidentally are met together.
    Antipholus, thou camest from Corinth first?
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    No, sir, not I; I came from Syracuse.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    Stay, stand apart; I know not which is which.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    I came from Corinth, my most gracious lord,--

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    And I with him.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    Brought to this town by that most famous warrior,
    Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle.

    ADRIANA
    Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    I, gentle mistress.

    ADRIANA
    And are not you my husband?
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    No; I say nay to that.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    And so do I; yet did she call me so:
    And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,
    Did call me brother.

    To Luciana

    What I told you then,
    I hope I shall have leisure to make good;
    If this be not a dream I see and hear.

    ANGELO
    That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    I think it be, sir; I deny it not.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    And you, sir, for this chain arrested me.

    ANGELO
    I think I did, sir; I deny it not.

    ADRIANA
    I sent you money, sir, to be your bail,
    By Dromio; but I think he brought it not.

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    No, none by me.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    This purse of ducats I received 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.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    These ducats pawn I for my father here.

    DUKE SOLINUS
    It shall not need; thy father hath his life.

    Courtezan
    Sir, I must have that diamond from you.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    There, take it; and much thanks for my good cheer.

    AEMELIA
    Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains
    To go with us into the abbey here
    And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes:
    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.
    Thirty-three years have I but gone in travail
    Of you, my sons; and till this present hour
    My heavy burden ne'er delivered.
    The duke, my husband and my children both,
    And you the calendars of their nativity,
    Go to a gossips' feast and go with me;
    After so long grief, such festivity!

    DUKE SOLINUS
    With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast.

    Exeunt all but Antipholus of Syracuse, Antipholus of Ephesus, Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    Master, shall I fetch your stuff from shipboard?
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF EPHESUS
    Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thou embark'd?

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    Your goods that lay at host, sir, in the Centaur.
    ANTIPHOLUS

    OF SYRACUSE
    He speaks to me. I am your master, Dromio:
    Come, go with us; we'll look to that anon:
    Embrace thy brother there; rejoice with him.

    Exeunt Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    There is a fat friend at your master's house,
    That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner:
    She now shall be my sister, not my wife.

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    Methinks you are my glass, and not my brother:
    I see by you I am a sweet-faced youth.
    Will you walk in to see their gossiping?

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    Not I, sir; you are my elder.

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    That's a question: how shall we try it?

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
    We'll draw cuts for the senior: till then lead thou first.

    DROMIO OF EPHESUS
    Nay, then, thus:
    We came into the world like brother and brother;
    And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.

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