The Comedy of Errors

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

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COURTESAN

130Whenas your husband all in rage today
Came to my house and took away my ring,
The ring I saw upon his finger now,
Straight after did I meet him with a chain.

COURTESAN

Today your husband came to my place, completely furious. He took my ring, which I just saw on his finger, by the way. Right after that, I saw him with a necklace.

ADRIANA

It may be so, but I did never see it.—
135Come, jailer, bring me where the goldsmith is.
I long to know the truth hereof at large.

ADRIANA

Maybe so, but I never saw it. Jailer, bring me to the jeweler. I need to hear the truth about all this.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE with his rapier drawn and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE enters with his sword drawn, followed by DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

LUCIANA

God for Thy mercy, they are loose again!

LUCIANA

God have mercy on us! They broke loose!

ADRIANA

And come with naked swords. Let’s call more help
To have them bound again.

ADRIANA

And they’ve got their swords unsheathed! Let’s call for help and get them tied up again!

OFFICER

   Away! They’ll kill us.

OFFICER

Let’s get out of here! They’ll kill us!
Run all out as fast as may be, frighted.
Frightened, ADRIANA, LUCIANA,the OFFICER, and the COURTESAN run offstage as fast as they can.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

140I see these witches are afraid of swords.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

It looks like these witches are scared of swords.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

She that would be your wife now ran from you.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

The one who claims to be your wife just ran away from you.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Come to the Centaur. Fetch our stuff from thence.
I long that we were safe and sound aboard.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Go to the Centaur and get our stuff. I wish we were safely on board our ship already.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Faith, stay here this night. They will surely do us no harm. You saw they speak us fair, give us gold. Methinks they are such a gentle nation that, but for the mountain of mad flesh

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Look, let’s stay here tonight. Nobody will hurt us. You see how kind everyone is to us, how they just hand us gold. I think this country is so kind that if it weren’t for

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