The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 4 Scene 2
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ADRIANA

As if time were in debt. How fondly dost thou reason!

ADRIANA

Time’s not the one in debt. Your logic is so foolish.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Time is a very bankrout and owes more than he’s worth to
  season.
Nay, he’s a thief too. Have you not heard men say
That time comes stealing on by night and day?
60If he be in debt and theft, and a sergeant in the way,
Hath he not reason to turn back an hour in a day?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Time is always bankrupt: it owes more than it can ever pay back in a season. And Time’s a thief, too—don’t you know the old saying, “Time steals along”? So if Time is in debt and also a thief, and a cop comes, don’t you think Time would turn back an hour?
Re-enter LUCIANA with a purse
LUCIANA returns with a purse full of money.

ADRIANA

Go, Dromio. There’s the money. Bear it straight,
And bring thy master home immediately.
Come, sister, I am pressed down with conceit:
65Conceit, my comfort and my injury.

ADRIANA

Here’s the money, Dromio. Take it to your master and bring him home immediately. Come, sister, my imagination is too much for me: it both comforts me and depresses me.
Exeunt
They exit.

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