The Comedy of Errors

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

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ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

O most unhappy strumpet!

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

What a horrible slut!

DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Master, I am here entered in bond for you.

DROMIO OF EPHESUS

Master, I’m all tied up for you.

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Out on thee, villain! Wherefore dost thou mad me?

ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

Shut up already, you scoundrel! Why are you trying to provoke me?

DROMIO OF EPHESUS

120Will you be bound for nothing? Be mad, good master.
Cry “The devil!”

DROMIO OF EPHESUS

You’d rather be tied up for nothing? Act insane, good master: scream out, “The devil!”

LUCIANA

God help poor souls! How idly do they talk!

LUCIANA

Oh my God! The poor souls—how strangely they talk!

ADRIANA

Go bear him hence Sister, go you with me.

ADRIANA

Get him out of here. Sister, come with me.
Exeunt PINCH and the men, with ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS and DROMIO OF EPHESUS
PINCH and the men lead ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS and DROMIO OF EPHESUS offstage.
Manent OFFICER, ADRIANA, LUCIANA, COURTESAN
The OFFICER, ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the COURTESAN remain onstage.
Say now whose suit is he arrested at.
Now tell me. Who had him arrested?

OFFICER

125One Angelo, a goldsmith. Do you know him?

OFFICER

Angelo, the jeweler. Do you know him?

ADRIANA

I know the man. What is the sum he owes?

ADRIANA

I know him. How much does my husband owe?

OFFICER

Two hundred ducats.

OFFICER

Two hundred ducats.

ADRIANA

   Say, how grows it due?

ADRIANA

For what?

OFFICER

Due for a chain your husband had of him.

OFFICER

For a necklace your husband had him make.

ADRIANA

He did bespeak a chain for me but had it not.

ADRIANA

He said he was going to buy me a necklace, but I never saw it.

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