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as a beggar wont her brat; and, I think, when he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from door to door.


PINCH, and others. Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming

yonder. Dro. E. Mistress, respice finem, respect your end ; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot, ‘Beware the rope's end. Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ?

[beats him. Cour. How say you now? is not your husband

mad ?
Adr. His incivility confirms no less.-
Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer ;
Establish him in his true sense again,
And I will please you what you will demand.

Luc. Alas, how fiery and how sharp he looks !
Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his ecstasy!
Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me feel your

pulse. Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your ear. Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, housed within this

man, To yield possession to my holy prayers, And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight; I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace; I am not Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed soul ! Ant. E. You minion, you, are these your cus


tomers ? Did this companion 1 with the saffron face Revel and feast it at my house to-day, Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut, And I denied to enter in my house? Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you dined at

home, Where would you had remain'd until this time, Free from these slanders and this


shame! Ant. E. Dined at home! Thou villain, what

say'st thou ? Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine at

home. Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I shut

out? Dro. E. Perdy,” your doors were lock'd, and you

shut out. Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me there? Dro. E. Sans fable,3 she herself reviled you there. Ant. E. Did not her kitchen-maid rail, taunt, and

scorn me? Dro. E. Certes,4 she did; the kitchen-vestal

scorn'd you. Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from Dro. E. In verity, you did :—my bones bear wit

thence ?

i Fellow. ? A corruption of the French oath, par Dieu. 3 Without a fable.

• Certainly.

ness, That since have felt the vigor of his rage.

Adr. Is 't good to soothe him in these contraries ? Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his

vein, And, yielding to him, humors well his frenzy. Ant. E. Thou hast suborn’d the goldsmith to

arrest me. Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you, By Dromio here, who came in haste for it. Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good-will you

might, But, surely, master, not a rag


money. Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse of

ducats ? Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it. Luc. And I am witness with her, that she did. Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me wit

ness, That I was sent for nothing but a rope ! Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is pos

sess'd; I know it by their pale and deadly looks : They must be bound, and laid in some dark room. Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me forth

to-day, And why dost thou deny the bag of gold?

Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee forth!

Dro. E. And, gentle master, I received no gold; But I confess, sir, that we were lock'd out.

Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false in

both. Ant. E. Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all ; And art confederate with a damned pack, To make a loathsome, abject scorn of me: But with these nails I'll pluck out these false eyes, That would behold in me this shameful sport.

[Pinch and his assistants bind Ant. E. and Dro. E. Adr. O, bind him, bind him ; let him not come

near me,

Pinch. More company ;—the fiend is strong within

him. Luc. Ah me, poor man, how pale and wan he

looks! Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou jailer,

I am thy prisoner : wilt thou suffer them
To make a rescue ?

Masters, let him go;
He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him.

Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too.

Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevish 1 officer ? Hast thou delight see a wretched man Do outrage and displeasure to himself?

Off. He is my prisoner ; if I let him go, The debt he owes will be required of me.

Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee : Bear me forthwith unto his creditor;

i Foolish.

And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay it.
Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd
Home to my house.—0 most unhappy day!

Ant. E. O most unhappy ? strumpet!
Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond for

you. Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost thou

mad me? Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing ? be mad, Good master; cry, the devil.Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they

talk! Adr. Go, bear him hence.—Sister, go you with


[Exeunt Pinch and Ass. with Ant. E. and Dro. E. Say now, whose suit is he arrested at? Off. One Angelo, a goldsmith: do you know

him ? Adr. I know the man. What is the sum he

owes ? Off. Two hundred ducats. Adr.

Say, how grows 3 it due ? Off. Due for a chain your husband had of him. Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but had it

not. Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, to-day Came to my house, and took away my ring, (The ring I saw upon his finger now)

i Has accrued. 3 Becomes.

2 For unlucky, i. e. mischievous.

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