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Ant. S. Where France?
Dro. S. In her forehead; arm'd and reverted, making war against her hair.
Ant. S. Where England ?
Dro. S. I look'd for the chalky cliffs, but I could find no whiteness in them : but I guess, it stood in her chin, by the salt rheum that ran between France and it.
Ant. S. Where Spain?
Dro. S. Faith, I saw it not; but I felt it, hot in her breath.
Ant. S. Where America, the Indies?
Dro. S. O, sir, upon her nose, all o'er embellish'd with rubies, carbuncles, sapphires, declining their rich aspect to the hot breath of Spain; who sent whole armadas of carracks 3 to be ballast at her nose.
Ant. S. Where stood Belgia, the Netherlands?
Dro. S. O, sir, I did not look so low. To con. clude, this drudge, or divinér, laid claim to me; call'd me Dromio; swore, I was assur'd 4 to her; told me what privy marks I had about me, as the mark of my shoulder, the mole in my neck, the great wart on my left arm, that I, amazed, ran from her as a witch : and, I think, if my breast had not been made of faith, and my heart of steel, she had transform’d me to a curtail-dog, and made me turn i'the wheel. 5
Ant. S. Go, hie thee presently, post to the road;. . And if the wind blow any way from shore, I will not harbour in this town to-night. If any bark put forth, come to the mart,
3 Large ships.
5 A turn-spit.
Where I will walk, till thou return to me.
Dro. S. As from bear a man would run for life, So fly I from her that would be my wife.
Ang. I know it well, sir: Lo, here is the chain;
Ant. S. What is your will, that I shall do with this? Ang. What please yourself, sir; I have made it
Ant. S. Made it for me, sir! I bespoke it not. Ang. Not once, nor twice, but twenty times you
Go home with it, and please your wife withal ;
Ant. S. I pray you, sir, receive the money now, For fear you ne'er see chain, nor money, more.
Ang. You are a merry man, sir; fare you well.
[Exit. Ant. S. What I should think of this, I cannot tell; But this I think, there's no man is so vain, That would refuse so fair an offer'd chain. I see, a man here needs not live by shifts, When in the streets he meets such golden gifts. I'll to the mart, and there for Dromio stay; If any ship put out, then straight away. [Erite
SCENE I. The same.
Enter a 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 gilders 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
walk with me down to his house, I will discharge my bond, and thank you too.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and DROMIO of
Off. That labour may you save; see where he
Ant. E. While I go to the goldsmith's house, go
thou And buy a rope's end; that will I bestow Among my wife and her confederates, For 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 Dromio. Ant. E. A man is well holp 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 carrat; The fineness of the gold, and chargeful fashion; Which doth amount to three odd ducats more That 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 you take the chain, and bid my wife
Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof;
self? 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 ex
Your breach of promise to the Porcupine :
spatch. 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 me by some token. Ant. E. Fye! now you run this humour out of
breath : Come, where's the chain? I pray you let me see it.