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Tell her, I am arrested in the street,
[Exeunt Merchant, Angelo, Officer, and Ant. E.
Mightst thou perceive austerely in his eye
Look'd he or red, or pale ; or sad, or merrily ?
Luc. First, he denied you had in him no right.
spite. Luc. Then swore he, that he was a stranger here. Adr. And true he swore, though yet forsworn he
were. Luc. Then pleaded I for you.
1 In allusion to the northern lights, which have the appearance of armies meeting in the shock.
And what said he ? Luc. That love I begg'd for you, he begg'd of me. Adr. With what persuasion did he tempt thy
love? Luc. With words, that in an honest suit might
Adr. Didst speak him fair ?
Have patience, I beseech.
Luc. Who would be jealous then of such a one?
And yet would herein others' eyes were worse : Far from her nest the lapwing cries away :3 My heart prays for him, though my tongue do
Enter DROMIO OF SYRACUSE.
now, make haste.
i Dry, withered. ? Stigmatised by nature with deformity.
3 The-lapwings fly, with seeming fright, far from their nests, to deceive those who seek their young.
Luc. How hast thou lost thy breath ?
By running fast. Adr. Where is thy master, Dromio ? is he well ? Dro. S. No, he's in Tartar limbo, worse than
hell : A devil in an everlasting garment 1 hath him, One, whose hard heart is button'd up with steel; A fiend, a fairy, pitiless and rough ; A wolf, nay, worse, a fellow all in buff ; A back-friend, a shoulder-clapper, one that coun
termands The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands; A hound that runs counter,” and yet draws dry-foot 3
well : One that, before the judgment, carries poor souls to
hell.4 Adr. Why, man, what is the matter? Dro. S. I do not know the matter; he is 'rested
on the case.5 Adr. What, is he arrested ? tell me, at whose suit. Dro. S. I know not at whose suit he is arrested,
well ; But is in a suit of buff, which ’rested him; that I
i Officers of justice were formerly clad in buff, which is also a cant term for a man's skin.
? Quibble on the word counter,' which means the wrong way in the chase, and a well-known prison in London.
3 Follows men by the scent. A cant term for a prison.
5 A general action for the redress of a wrong not especially provided for by law.
Will you send him, mistress, redemption, the money
in his desk? Adr. Go fetch it, sister.—This I wonder at;
[Exit Luciana. That he, unknown to me, should be in debt. — Tell me, was he arrested on a band ? 1
Dro. S. Not on a band, but on a stronger thing; A chain, a chain ; do you not hear it ring?
Adr. What, the chain?
gone. It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes
one. Adr. The hours come back! that did I never hear. Dro. 8. O yes, if any hour meet a serjeant, a'
turns back for very fear. Adr. As if time were in debt ! how fondly dost
thou reason ! Dro. S. Time is a very bankrout, and owes more
than he's worth to season. Nay, he's a thief too. Have you not heard men say, That time comes stealing on by night and day? If he be in debt, and theft, and a serjeant in the
way, Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day?
Come, sister; I am press'd down with conceit; 1
Conceit, my comfort, and my injury. (Exeunt.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE.
Ant. S. There's not a man I meet, but doth
Enter DROMIO OF SYRACUSE. Dro. S. Master, here's the gold you sent me for. What, have you got rid of the picture of old Adam new appareled ? Ant. S. What gold is this? what Adam dost thou
i Fanciful conceptions.