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Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house.
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir,
Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband
And ill it doth beseem your holiness,
[Exit Abbess. Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.
Adr. 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,
1 To bring him back to his senses.
And take perforce my husband from the abbess.
Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five :
Ang. Upon what cause ?
Mer. 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. Ang. See, where they come: we will behold his
death. Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he
Enter DUKE attended; ÆGEON bare-headed; with the
Headsman and other officers. Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, If any friend will
the sum for him, He shall not die, so much we tender him. Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the
abbess! Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady: It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. Adr. 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 ;
And bid the lady abbess come to me.
Enter a SERVANT. Ser. 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
And, ever as it blazed, they threw on him
Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man are
And that is false thou dost report to us.
Ser. 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. Come, stand by me; fear nothing. Guard
with halberds. Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you,
· Successively, one after another.
That he is borne about invisible.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO OF EPHESUS.
Ant. E. 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. Ægeon. Unless the fear of death doth make me
dote, I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio. [aside. Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that woman
Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.
upon me, While she with harlots 1 feasted in my house.
Duke. A grievous fault. Say, woman, didst thou
1 Harlot was a term of reproach, applied to cheats among men, as well as to wantons among women.