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Ant. E. Wherefore ? for my dinner; I have not
dined to-day. Dro. S. Nor to-day here you must not; come again,
when you may Ant. E. What art thou, that keep'st me out from
the house I owe? 1 Dro. S. The porter for this time, sir, and my name
is Dromio. Dro. E. O villain, thou hast stolen both mine office
and my name ; The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle blame. If thou hadst been Dromio to-day in my place, Thou wouldst have changed thy face for a name, or
thy name for an ass. Luce. [Within.] What a coil? is there? Dromio,
who are those at the gate ? Dro. E. Let my master in, Luce. Luce.
'Faith, no; he comes too late. And so tell
your master. Dro. E.
O Lord, I must laugh.Have at you with a proverb.—Shall I set in my staff? Luce. Have at you with another; that's,—When?
can you tell ? Dro. S. If thy name be called Luce, Luce, thou
hast answered him well. Ant. E. Do you hear, you minion? You'll let us
in, I hope ? 3 Luce. I thought to have asked you. Dro. S.
And you said, no. Dro. E. So, come, help; well struck; there was
blow for blow. Ant. E. Thou baggage, let me in. Luce.
Can you tell for whose sake? Dro. E. Master, knock the door hard. Luce.
Let him knock till it ache.
I I own.
2 Bustle, tumult. 3 It seems probable that a line following this has been lost; in which Luce might be threatened with a rope ; which would have furnished the rhyme now wanting. In a subsequent scene Dromio is ordered to go and buy a rope's end, for the purpose of using it on Adriana and her confederates.
Ant. E. You'll cry for this, minion, if I beat the
door down. Luce. What needs all that, and a pair of stocks in
the town? Adr. [Within.] Who is that at the door, that keeps
all this noise ? Dro. S. By my troth, your town is troubled with
unruly boys. Ant. E. Are you there, wife ? you might have come
before. Adr. Your wife, sir knave! go, get you from the
door. Dro. E. If you went in pain, master, this knave
would go sore, Ang. Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome; we
would fain have either. Bal. In debating which was best, we shall part'
with neither. Dro. E. They stand at the door, master; bid them
welcome hither. Ant. E. There is something in the wind, that we
cannot get in. Dro. E. You would say so, master, if your garments
were thin. Your cake here is warm within ; you stand here in the
cold. It would make a man mad as a buck, to be so bought
and sold. Ant. E. Go, fetch me something, I'll break ope the
gate. Dro. S Break any breaking here, and I'll break
your knave's pate. Dro. E. A man may break a word with you, sir ;
and words are but wind; Ay, and break it in your face, so he break it not behind. Dro. S. It seems thou wantest breaking Out
upon thee, hind!
i Have part.
2 A proverbial phrase, meaning to be so overreached by foul and secret practices.
Dro. E. Here is too much, out upon thee! I pray
thee, let me in. Dro. S. Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and fish
have no fin. Ant. E. Well, I'll break in. Go borrow me a crow. Dro. E. A crow without feather; master, mean
For a fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a
feather. If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck a crow together.
Ant. E. Go, get thee gone; fetch me an iron crow.
Bal. Have patience, sir. O, let it not be so;
Ant. E. You have prevailed; I will depart in quiet,
1 Once this, here means once for all ; at once. 2 i. e. made fast. The expression is still in use in some counties.
There will we dine: this woman that I mean,
Ang. I'll meet you at that place, some hour hence.
SCENE II. The same.
Enter LUCIANA, and AntiPholus of Syracuse. Luc. And may it be that you have quite forgot
A husband's office? Shalí Antipholus' hate, Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs rot?
Shall love, in building, grow so ruinous ? ? If you did wed my sister for her wealth, Then, for her wealth's sake, use her with more
kindness; Or, if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth ;
Muffle your false love with some show of blindness; Let not my sister read it in your eye;
Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator; Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty ;
Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger;
“ And may it be that you have quite forgot
Shall love in buildings grow so ruinate ?" The present emendation was proposed by Steevens, though he admitted Theobald's into his own text. Love-springs are the buds of love, or rather the young shoots. “The spring, or young shoots that grow out of the stems or roots of trees.”Baret.
Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted;
Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint ;
What simple thief brags of his own attaint ? ' 'Tis double wrong, to truant with your bed,
And let her read it in thy looks at board. Shame hath a bastard fame, well managed;
ni deeds are doubled with an evil word. Alas, poor women! make us but believe,
Being compact of credit, that you love us; Though others have the arm, show us the sleeve;
We in your motion turn, and you may move us. Then, gentle brother, get you in again;
Comfort my sister, cheer her; call her wife; 'Tis holy sport to be a little vain,"
When the sweet breath of flattery conquers strife. Ant. S. Sweet mistress, (what your name is else,
I know not, Nor by what wonder you do hit on mine,) Less, in your knowledge and your grace, you show not,
Than our earth's wonder; more than earth divine. Teach me, dear creature, how to think and speak;
Lay open to my earthly, gross conceit, Smothered in errors, feeble, shallow, weak,
The folded meaning of your words' deceit. Against my soul's pure truth why labor you,
To make it wander in an unknown field ? Are you a god? would you create me new?
Transform me, then, and to your power I'll yield. But if that I am I, then well I know,
Your weeping sister is no wife of mine,
Far more, far more to you do I decline.
To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears ;
Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs, 1 Old copy, not. 2 i. e. being made altogether of credulity. 3 Vain is light of tongue, not veracious. 4 “ To lecline ; to turne or hang toward some place or thing.”—Baret.