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If thou had'st been Dromio to-day in my place, Thou would'st have chang'd thy face for a name,
or thy name for an ass. Luce. [Within.] What a coil is there! Dromio,
who are those at the gate? Dro. E. Let my master in, Luce. Luce.
Faith no; he comes too late; And so tell your master. Dro. E.
O Lord, I must laugh: Have at you with a proverb.-Shall I set in my staff?
Luce. Have at you with another: that's,—When?
can you tell ?
Dro. S. If thy name be called Luce, Luce, thou
hast answer'd him well.
in, I hope?
And you said, no.
blow for blow.
tell for whose sake?
Let him knock till it ake. Ant. E. You'll cry for this, minion, if I beat the
door down. Luce. What needs all that, and a pair of stocks
in the town? Adr. [Within.] Who is that at the door, that
keeps all this noise? Dro. S. By my troth, your town is troubled with
unruly boys. Ant. E. Are you there, wife? you might have
come before. Adr. Your wife, sir knave! go, get you from the
Dro. E. If you went in pain, master, this knave
would go sore. Ang. Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome;
we would fain have either. Bal. In debating which was best, we shall part
with neither.2 Dro. E. They stand at the door, master; bid
them welcome hither. Ant. E. There is something in the wind, that we
cannot get in. Dro. E. You would say so, master, if your gar
ments were thin. Your cake here is warm within; you stand here in
the cold: It would make a man mad as a buck, to be so bought
and sold. Ant. E. Go, fetch me something, I'll break ope
Dro. S. Break any breaking here, and I'll break
your knave's pate. Dro. E. A man may break a word with
you, sir; and words are but wind; Ay,and break it in your face, so he break it not behind. Dro. S. It seems, thou wantest breaking; Out
upon thee, hind! Dro. E. Here's too much, out upon
thee, let me in. Dro. S. Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and
fish have no fin. Ant. E. Well, I'll break in; Go borrow me a crow. Dro. E. A crow without a feather; master, mean
thee! I pray
we shall part with neither.] Mr.Tyrwhitt says, that, in our old language, to part signified to have part. But part does not signify to share or divide, but to depart or go away; and Balthazar means to say, that whilst debating which is best, they should go away without either.
For a fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a
feather: If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck a crow to
gether. Ant. E. Go, get thee gone, fetch me an iron
Bal. Have patience, sir ; 0, let it not be
Herein you war against your reputation,
to you unknown; And doubt not, sir, but she will well excuse Why at this time the doors are made against
upon succession; For ever hous'd, where it once gets posses
3 Once this,] Once this, may mean, once for all, at once.
the doors are made agüinst you.] To make the door is the expression used to this day in some counties of England, instead of, to bar the door.
Ant. E. You have prevail'd; I will depart in
quiet, And, in despight of mirth,” mean to be merry. I know a wench of excellent discourse, Pretty and witty; wild, and, yet too, gentle;There will we dine: this woman that I mean, My wife (but, I protest, without desert,) Hath oftentimes upbraided me withal; To her will we to dinner.-Get you home, And fetch the chain; by this, I know, 'tis made: Bring it, I pray you, to the Porcupine; For there's the house; that chain will I bestow (Be it for nothing but to spite my wife,) Upon mine hostess there: good sir, make haste: Since mine own doors refuse to entertain me, I'll knock elsewhere, to see if they'll disdain me. Ang. I'll meet you at that place, some hour
hence. Ant. E. Do so; This jest shall cost me some expence.
Enter LUCIANA and ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse. Luc. And may it be that you have quite forgot
A husband's office? shall, Antipholus, hate, Even in the spring of love, thy love-springs rot?
Shall love, in building, grow so ruinate?
5 And, in despight of mirth,] Though mirth has withdrawn herself from me, and seems determined to avoid me, yet in despight of her, and whether she will or not, I am resolved to be merry
If you did wed my sister for her wealth,
false love with some show of blind.
Let not my sister read it in
sister read it in your eye;
Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger:
Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint;
What simple thief brags of his own attaint? 'Tis double wrong, to truant with your bed,
And let her read it in thy looks at board: Shame hath a bastard fame, well managed;
Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. Alas, poor women! make us but believe,
Being compact of credit, that you love us; Though others have the arm, show us the sleeve;
We in your motion turn, and you may move us. Then, gentle brother, get you in again;
Comfort my sister, cheer her, call her wife: 'Tis holy sport, to be a little vain,
When the sweet breath of flattery conquers strife.
I know not,
Lay open to my earthy gross conceit,
- 6 Being compact of credit,] Means, being made altogether of credulity.
7. vain,] Is light of tongue, not veracious. JOHNSON.