The Comedy of Errors

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

The plainer dealer, the sooner lost. Yet he loseth it in a kind of jollity.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

For what reason?

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Why?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

85For two, and sound ones too.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Two reasons. And good ones, too.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Nay, not sound, I pray you.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Not good ones, please.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Sure ones, then.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Then sure ones.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Nay, not sure, in a thing falsing.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

No, not sure ones when we’re talking about something unsure.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Certain ones, then.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Then certain ones.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

90Name them.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

Name them.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

The one, to save the money that he spends in tiring; the other, that at dinner they should not drop in his porridge.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

One, so they can save the money they spent on hairstyling, and two, so that when their hair falls out it doesn’t land in their dinner.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

You would all this time have proved there is no time for all things.

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

You were supposed to be proving that there isn’t time for everything.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

95Marry, and did, sir: namely, e'en no time to recover hair lost by nature.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Right, and I did, sir. There’s no time to get back hair that’s fallen out.

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