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Dro. S. Not that Adam that kept the paradise, .but that Adam that keeps the prison; he that goes in the calf's skin that was killed for the prodigal : he that came behind you, sir, like an evil angel, and bid you forsake your liberty.
Ant. S. I understand thee not.
Dro. S. No? why, 'tis a plain case : he that went like a bass-viol, in a case of leather ; the man, sir, that, when gentlemen are tired, gives them a fob, and 'rests them ; he, sir, that takes pity on decayed men, and gives them suits of durance; he that sets up his rest 1 to do more exploits with his mace, than a morris-pike.2
Ant. S. What! thou meanest an officer ?
Dro. S. Ay, sir, the serjeant of the band; he, that brings any man to answer it, that breaks his band; one that thinks a man always going to bed, and says, 'God give you good rest.'
Ant. S. Well, sir, there rest in your foolery. Is there any ship puts forth to-night ? may we be gone?
Dro. S. Why, sir, I brought you word an hour since, that the bark Expedition put forth to-night; and then were you hindered by the serjeant, to tarry for the hoy Delay. Here are the angels that you sent for, to deliver you. . .
1. Is firmly resolved : a phrase taken from military exercise.' -Malone.
2 "A morris-pike was a pike used in a morris, or military dance.'-Johnson.
Ant. S. The fellow is distract, and so am I;
Dro. S. Nay, she is worse, she is the devil's dam; and here she comes in the habit of a light wench; and thereof comes, that the wenches say, God damn me,' that's as much as to say, 'God make me a light wench.' It is written, they appear to men like angels of light: light is an effect of fire, and fire will burn; ergo, light wenches will burn. Come not near her. Cour. Your man and you are marvellous merry,
sir. Will you go with me? We'll mend our dinner
here. Dro. S. Master, if you do, expect spoon-meat, or bespeak a long spoon.
Ant. S. Why, Dromio ?
Dro. S. Marry, he must have a long spoon, that must eat with the devil. Ant. S. Avoid then, fiend! What tell’st thou me
of supping ?
Thou art, as you all are, a sorceress :
nail, A rush, a hair, a drop of blood, a pin, A nut, a cherry-stone ; but she, more covetous, Would have a chain. Master, be wise ; and if you give it her, The devil will shake her chain, and fright us with it.
Cour. I pray you, sir, my ring, or else the chain. I hope, you do not mean to cheat me so. Ant. S. Avaunt, thou witch! Come, Dromio, let
. us go Dro. S. Fly, pride, says the peacock. Mistress, that you know.
[Exeunt Ant. S. and Dro. S. Cour. Now, out of doubt, Antipholus is mad, Else would he never so demean himself. A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats, And for the sanie he promised me a chain : Both one and other he denies me now. The reason that I gather he is mad, (Besides this present instance of his rage) Is a mad tale, he told to-day at dinner, Of his own doors being shut against his entrance. Belike, his wife, acquainted with his fits, On purpose shut the doors against his way.
My way is now, to hie home to his house,
Enter DROMIO OF EPHESUS with a rope's end.
i Correct them all.
Dro. E. I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the
rate. Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee
home? Dro. E. To a rope's end, sir ; and to that end am I returned. Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome you.
[beating him. Off. Good sir, be patient.
Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am in adversity. .
Off. Good now, hold thy tongue.
Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his hands.
Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain !
Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I might not feel your blows.
Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so is an ass.
Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove it by my long ears. I have served him from the hour of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service, but blows : when I am cold, he heats me with beating; when I am warm, he cools me with beating: I am waked with it when I sleep, raised with it when I sit, driven out of doors with it when I go from home, welcomed home with it when I return : nay, I bear it on my shoulders,
i Which his master had lengthened by frequently pulling.