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Ant. S. What I should think of this, I cannot

tell; But this I think, there's no man is so vain, That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain. I see, a man here needs not live by shifts, When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. I'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay; If any ship put out, then straight away. [Erit.

ACT IV.

SCENE 1.

The same. Enter a MERCHANT, ANGELO, and an OFFICER. Mer. You know, since Pentecost the sum is due, And since I have not much importuned you ; Nor now I had not, but that I am bound To Persia, and want gilders for my voyage : Therefore make present satisfaction, Or I'll attach you by this officer.

Ang. Even just the sum, that I do owe to you, Is growing 1 to me by Antipholus : 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.

| Accruing.

Enter ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS and DROMIO OF

EPHESUS, from the Courtezan's. Off. That labor may you save : see where he

comes. Ant. E. 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. Dro. E. I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy a rope!

[Exit Dromio E. Ant. E. 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, If it were chain'd together; and therefore came not.

Ang. Saving your merry humor, here's the note, How much your chain weighs to the utmost carract ; The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion ; . Which doth amount to three odd ducats more Than I stand debted to this gentleman : I pray you, see him presently discharged, For he is bound to sea, and stays but for it. Ant. E. I am not furnish'd with the present

money ; Besides, I have some business in the town. Good signior, 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.
Ang. Then you will bring the chain to her your-

self? Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not

time enough. Ang. Well, sir, I will. Have you the chain about

you?

Ant. E. An if I have not, sir, I hope you have; Or else you may return without your money. Ang. Nay, come, I pray you, sir, give me the

chain; Both wind and tide stays for this gentleman, And I, to blame, have held him here too long. Ant. E. Good lord, you use this dalliance, to

excuse Your breach of promise to the Porcupine : I should have chid you for not bringing it, But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl. Mer. The hour steals on; I pray you, sir, des

patch. Ang. You hear, how he importunes me; the

chain Ant. E. Why, give it to my wife, and fetch your

money. Ang. Come, come, you know, I gave it you even

now; Either send the chain, or send me by some token. Ant. E. Fie! now you run this humor out of

breath.

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

see it. Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance : Good sir, say, whe'r 1 you 'll answer me, or no ; If not, I 'll leave him to the officer. Ant. E. I answer you! What should I answer

you ? Ang. The money, that you owe me for the chain. Ant. E. I owe you none, till I receive the chain. Ang. You know, I gave it you half an hour since. Ant. E. You gave me none; you wrong me much

to say so. Ang. You wrong me more, sir, in denying it : Consider, how it stands upon my credit.

Mer. Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.

Off. I do ;
And charge you in the duke's name to obey me.

Ang. This touches me in reputation :
Either consent to pay this sum for me,
Or I attach you by this officer.

Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had ! Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou darest.

Ang. Here is thy fee; arrest him, officer :
I would not spare my brother in this case,
If he should scorn me so apparently.

Off. I do arrest you, sir ; you hear the suit.

Ant. E. I do obey thee, till I give thee bail : But, sirrah, you shall buy this sport as dear

i Whether.

As all the metal in your shop will answer.

Ang. Sir, sir, I shall have law in Ephesus, To your notorious shame, I doubt it not.

Enter DROMIO OP SYRACUSE. Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum, That stays but till her owner comes aboard, And then, sir, she bears away: our fraughtage, sir, I have convey'd aboard; and I have bought The oil, the balsamum, and aqua vitæ. The ship is in her trim ; the merry wind Blows fair from land: they stay for naught at all, But for their owner; master, and yourself. Ant. E. How now! a madman! Why, thou

peevisha sheep,
What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?

Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.3
Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a

rope,
And told thee to what purpose and what end.

Dro. S. You sent me for a rope's end as soon : You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.

Ant. E. I will debate this matter at more leisure, And teach your ears to list me with more heed. To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight : Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry, There is a purse of ducats : let her send it.

1 Lading, cargo.

? Silly.

3 Carriage.

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