The Comedy of Errors

by: William Shakespeare

Act 4 Scene 2

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Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA
ADRIANA and LUCIANA enter.

ADRIANA

Ah, Luciana, did he tempt thee so?
Mightst thou perceive austerely in his eye
That he did plead in earnest, yea or no?
Looked he or red or pale, or sad or merrily?
5What observation mad’st thou in this case
Of his heart’s meteors tilting in his face?

ADRIANA

Oh, Luciana, did he tempt you like that? Could you tell from his face if he was serious? Yes or no? Did he look flushed or pale? Sad or happy? Could you tell from his looks what he was feeling in his heart?

LUCIANA

First he denied you had in him no right.

LUCIANA

First, he said you had no right to him.

ADRIANA

He meant he did me none; the more my spite.

ADRIANA

He meant he did nothing right for me—which is true, unfortunately.

LUCIANA

Then swore he that he was a stranger here.

LUCIANA

Then he swore he was a stranger here.

ADRIANA

10And true he swore, though yet forsworn he were.

ADRIANA

And that’s true—he is being strange. And yet he lies as well, for he’s no stranger.

LUCIANA

Then pleaded I for you.

LUCIANA

Then I pleaded for you.

ADRIANA

   And what said he?

ADRIANA

And what did he say?

LUCIANA

That love i begged for you he begged of me.

LUCIANA

That he felt for me the love that I begged him to feel for you.

ADRIANA

With what persuasion did he tempt thy love?

ADRIANA

How did he try to persuade you to love him?

LUCIANA

With words that in an honest suit might move.
15First he did praise my beauty, then my speech.

LUCIANA

With words that—if they were spoken honestly—might have moved me. First, he praised my beauty, then my eloquence.

ADRIANA

Did’st speak him fair?

ADRIANA

Did you praise him as well?

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