The Comedy of Errors

by: William Shakespeare

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ANGELO

45Nay, 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.

ANGELO

Listen, please, give me the necklace. This gentleman’s ready to go. The wind is right and it’s high tide, and I’ve delayed him a long time already.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Good Lord! You use this dalliance to excuse
Your breach of promise to the Porpentine.
50I should have chid you for not bringing it,
But, like a shrew, you first begin to brawl.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Good Lord! You’re using this as an excuse for not showing up at the Porcupine like you promised. I should have reprimanded you then for not bringing it, but you started fighting with me first.

SECOND MERCHANT

The hour steals on. I pray you, sir, dispatch.

SECOND MERCHANT

It’s getting late. Please, sir, hurry up.

ANGELO

You hear how he importunes me. The chain!

ANGELO

Antipholus, you hear how the man pleads with me. Give me the necklace!

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Why, give it to my wife, and fetch your money.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Give it to my wife, and get your money.

ANGELO

55Come, come. You know I gave it you even now.
Either send the chain, or send me by some token.

ANGELO

Come, come. You know I gave it to you just now. Send the necklace to her, or send me with a token that will authorize her to pay me.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Fie, now you run this humor out of breath.
Come, where’s the chain? I pray you, let me see it.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Damn it, this isn’t funny. Where’s the necklace? Let me see it.

SECOND MERCHANT

My business cannot brook this dalliance.
60 (to ANTIPHOLUS) Good sir, say whe'er you’ll answer me or no.
If not, I’ll leave him to the Officer.

SECOND MERCHANT

My business cannot wait for this delay. (to ANTIPHOLUS) Good sir, tell me if you’re going to pay me. If not, I’ll turn this man over to the officer.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I answer you? What should I answer you?

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Pay you? What should I pay you?

ANGELO

The money that you owe me for the chain.

ANGELO

The money you owe me for the necklace.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I owe you none till I receive the chain.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

I owe you nothing until I receive the necklace.

ANGELO

65You know I gave it you half an hour since.

ANGELO

You know that I gave it to you a half hour ago.