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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.
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.
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
self? Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not
time enough. Ang. Well, sir, I will. Have you the chain about
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
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 ;
Ang. This touches me in reputation :
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 :
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
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
Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.3
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.