Act 1 - Scene 2
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, DROMIO of Syracuse, and First Merchant
Therefore give out you are of Epidamnum,
Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate.
This very day a
Is apprehended for arrival here;
And not being able to buy out his life
the statute of the town,
Dies ere the weary sun set in the west.
There is your money that I had to keep.
Go bear it to the Centaur, where we host,
And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee.
Within this hour it
will be dinner-time:
Till that, I'll view the manners of the town,
Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings,
then return and sleep within mine inn,
For with long travel I am stiff and weary.
Get thee away.
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE
Many a man would take you at your word,
And go indeed, having so good a mean.
A trusty villain, sir, that very oft,
When I am dull with care and melancholy,
Lightens my humour with his
What, will you walk with me about the town,
And then go to my inn and dine with me?
I am invited, sir, to certain merchants,
Of whom I hope to make much benefit;
I crave your pardon. Soon
at five o'clock,
Please you, I'll meet with you upon the mart
And afterward consort you till bed-time:
present business calls me from you now.
Farewell till then: I will go lose myself
And wander up and down to view the city.
Sir, I commend you to your own content.
He that commends me to mine own content
Commends me to the thing I cannot get.
I to the world am
like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop,
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,
inquisitive, confounds himself:
So I, to find a mother and a brother,
In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself.
Enter DROMIO of Ephesus
Here comes the almanac of my true date.
What now? how chance thou art return'd so soon?
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
Return'd so soon! rather approach'd too late:
The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit,
The clock hath
strucken twelve upon the bell;
My mistress made it one upon my cheek:
She is so hot because the meat
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