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Act IV. Scene I.

Act IV. Scene I.—A Public Place.

Enter Second Merchant, ANGELO, and an Officer.

Mer. You know since Pentecost the sum is due,
And since I have not much importun'd you;
Nor now I had not, but that I am bound
To Persia, and want guilders 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 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 labour 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 I will bestow
Among my wife and her confederates,
Por 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.
Ant. E. A man is well help 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 humour, here's the
note
How much your chain weighs to the utmost
carat.
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 discharg'd,
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 yon take the chain, and bid my wife
Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof:
Perchance I will be there as soon as you.
Ang. Then, you will bring the chain to her
yourself?
Ant. E. No; bear it with you, lest I come not
time enough.
Ang. Well, sir, I will. Have you the chain
about you?
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 Porpentine.
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,
dispatch.
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 by me some token.
Ant. E. Fie! now you run this humour out
of breath.
Come, where's the chain? I pray you, let me
see it.
Mer. My business cannot brook this dalliance.
Good sir, say whe'r 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;
And charge you in the duke's name to obey me.
Ang. This touches me in reputation.
Either consent to pay this sum for me,
Or I attach you by this officer.
Ant. E. Consent to pay thee that I never had!
Arrest me, foolish fellow, if thou dar'st.
Ang. Here is thy fee: arrest him, officer.
I would not spare my brother in this case,
If he should scorn me so apparently.
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 of Syracuse.
Dro. S. Master, there is a bark of Epidamnum
That stays but till her owner comes aboard,
And then 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 nought
at all
But for their owner, master, and yourself.
Ant. E. How now! a madman! Why, thou
peevish sheep,
What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?
Dro. S. A ship you sent me to, to hire
waftage.
Ant. E. Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for
a rope;
And told thee to what purpose, and what end.
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.
Tell her I am arrested in the street,
And that shall bail me. Hie thee, slave, be gone!
On, officer, to prison till it come.
[Exeunt Merchant, ANGELO, Officer, and
ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus.
Dro. S. To Adriana! that is where we din'd,
Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband:
She is too big, I hope, for me to compass.
Thither I must, although against my will,
For servants must their masters' minds fulfil.
[Exit.
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