The Comedy of Errors


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Second Merchant, Angelo the goldsmith, and

an Officer


SECOND MERCHANT

You know since Pentecost the sum is due,

And since I have not much importuned you;
importune (v.) 1 urge, press

Nor now I had not, but that I am bound

To Persia, and want guilders for my voyage.
want (v.) 4 require, demand, need

Therefore make present satisfaction,
present (adj.) 1 immediate, instant See Topics: Frequency count
satisfaction (n.) 3 payment [of a debt]

Or I'll attach you by this officer.
attach (v.) 1 arrest, seize, apprehend


ANGELO

Even just the sum that I do owe to you
just (adv.) 1 exactly, precisely

Is growing to me by Antipholus,
grow (v.) 1 arise, come into existence

And in the instant that I met with you

He had of me 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, too.
bond (n.) 1 deed, contract, pledge

Enter Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus,

from the Courtesan's


OFFICER

That labour may you save. See where he comes.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

While I go to the goldsmith's house, go thou

And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow

Among my wife and her confederates

For locking me out of my doors by day.

But soft, I see the goldsmith. Get thee gone;

Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me.


DROMIO OF EPHESUS

I buy a thousand pound a year, I buy a rope.

Exit


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

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
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count

If it were chained together, and therefore came not.


ANGELO

Saving your merry humour, here's the note
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count
saving (prep.) 3 with respect to

How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat,
utmost (adj.) last, final

The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion,
chargeful (adj.) costly, expensive, lavish
fashion (n.) 5 workmanship, craftsmanship, execution

Which doth amount to three odd ducats more

Than I stand debted to this gentleman.
debted (adj.) in debt, indebted, obligated

I pray you see him presently discharged,
discharge (v.) 8 pay, reimburse, settle with
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it.
but (adv.) 1 merely, only


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I am not furnished with the present money;
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess
present (adj.) 5 ready, available, immediately accessible

Besides, I have some business in the town.

Good signor, take the stranger to my house,

And with you take the chain, and bid my wife

Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof.

Perchance I will be there as soon as you.
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count


ANGELO

Then you will bring the chain to her yourself.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

No, bear it with you lest I come not time enough.
time enough in time, soon enough


ANGELO

Well, sir, I will. Have you the chain about you?


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

An if I have not, sir, I hope you have;

Or else you may return without your money.


ANGELO

Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the chain.

Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman,

And I, too blame, have held him here too long.
blame (adj.) blameworthy, culpable, guilty


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Good Lord! You use this dalliance to excuse
dalliance (n.) 2 idle talk, fooling about, waste of time

Your breach of promise to the Porpentine.

I should have chid you for not bringing it,
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count

But like a shrew you first begin to brawl.
shrew (n.) vexatious person, troubleseome individual [of either sex]


SECOND MERCHANT

The hour steals on. I pray you, sir, dispatch.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 4 hurry up, be quick


ANGELO

You hear how he importunes me. The chain!
importune (v.) 1 urge, press


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Why, give it to my wife, and fetch your money.


ANGELO

Come, come. You know I gave it you even now.

Either send the chain, or send me by some token.
token (n.) 1 sign, evidence, mark


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Fie, now you run this humour out of breath.
breath (n.) 6 easy breathing, power to breathe
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice

Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me see it.


SECOND MERCHANT

My business cannot brook this dalliance.
dalliance (n.) 2 idle talk, fooling about, waste of time

Good sir, say whe'er you'll answer me or no.
answer (v.) 7 pay, repay, requite

If not, I'll leave him to the officer.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I answer you? What should I answer you?
answer (v.) 7 pay, repay, requite


ANGELO

The money that you owe me for the chain.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I owe you none till I receive the chain.


ANGELO

You know I gave it you half an hour since.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

You gave me none. You wrong me much to say so.


ANGELO

You wrong me more, sir, in denying it.

Consider how it stands upon my credit.
stand upon (v.) 3 concern, be of importance to


SECOND MERCHANT

Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


OFFICER

I do,

And charge you in the Duke's name to obey me.


ANGELO

This touches me in reputation.
touch (v.) 9 stain, taint, infect

Either consent to pay this sum for me,

Or I attach you by this officer.
attach (v.) 1 arrest, seize, apprehend


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Consent to pay thee that I never had?

Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou darest.


ANGELO

Here is thy fee – arrest him, officer.

I would not spare my brother in this case

If he should scorn me so apparently.
apparently (adv.) blatantly, openly, flagrantly


OFFICER

I do arrest you, sir. You hear the suit.
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I do obey thee till I give thee bail.

But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

As all the metal in your shop will answer.
answer (v.) 7 pay, repay, requite


ANGELO

Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus,

To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.

Enter Dromio of Syracuse, from the bay
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Master, there's a bark of Epidamnum

That stays but till her owner comes aboard,
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

And then she bears away. Our fraughtage, sir,
bear away (v.) leave, sail away
fraughtage (n.) luggage, freight, cargo

I have conveyed aboard, and I have bought

The oil, the balsamum, and aqua-vitae.
aqua-vitae (n.) spirits, alcohol, strong drink, brandy
balsamum (n.) balm, balsam, aromatic oil

The ship is in her trim; the merry wind
merry (adj.) 4 [of winds] favourable, helpful, advantageous
trim (n.) 4 readiness to sail, full preparedness

Blows fair from land. They stay for naught at all

But for their owner, master, and yourself.


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

How now? A madman? Why, thou peevish sheep,
peevish (adj.) 1 silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive

What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.
waftage (n.) passage, conveyance by water


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a rope,

And told thee to what purpose, and what end.
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

You sent me for a rope's end as soon.

You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel


ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I will debate this matter at more leisure,

And teach your ears to list me with more heed.

To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Give her this key, and tell her in the desk

That's covered 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.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

On, officer; to prison, till it come.

Exeunt all but Dromio of Syracuse


DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

To Adriana. That is where we dined,

Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband.
Dowsabel (n.) sweetheart, lady-love

She is too big, I hope, for me to compass.
compass (v.) 5 embrace, enfold

Thither I must, although against my will;

For servants must their masters' minds fulfil.

Exit

 
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