Act 4 - Scene 1
A public place.
Enter Second Merchant, ANGELO, and an Officer
You know since Pentecost the sum is due,
And since I have not much importuned you;
Nor now I had
not, but that I am bound
To Persia, and want guilders for my voyage:
Therefore make present satisfaction,
I'll attach you by this officer.
Even just the sum that I do owe to you
Is growing to me by Antipholus,
And in the instant that I met with
He had of me a chain: at five o'clock
I shall receive the money for the same.
Pleaseth you walk with
me down to his house,
I will discharge my bond and thank you too.
Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus and DROMIO of Ephesus from the courtezan's
That labour may you save: see where he comes.
While I go to the goldsmith's house, go thou
And buy a rope's end: that will I bestow
Among my wife and
For locking me out of my doors by day.
But, soft! I see the goldsmith. Get thee gone;
thou a rope and bring it home to me.
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
I buy a thousand pound a year: I buy a rope.
A man is well holp up that trusts to you:
I promised your presence and the chain;
But neither chain nor
goldsmith came to me.
Belike you thought our love would last too long,
If it were chain'd together, and
therefore came not.
Saving your merry humour, here's the note
How much your chain weighs to the utmost carat,
of the gold and chargeful fashion.
Which doth amount to three odd ducats more
Than I stand debted to
I pray you, see him presently discharged,
For he is bound to sea and stays but for it.
I am not furnish'd with the present money;
Besides, I have some business in the town.
Good signior, take
the stranger to my house
And with you take the chain and bid my wife
Disburse the sum on the receipt
Perchance I will be there as soon as you.
Then you will bring the chain to her yourself?
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