The Comedy of Errors (The Pelican Shakespeare)
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 S. ANTIPHOLUS It is the devil.  S. DROMIO Nay, she is worse, she is the devil’s dam, and here she comes in the habit of a light wench; and thereof comes that the wenches say ‘God damn me!’ That’s as much to say ‘God make me a light wench!’ It is written they appear to men like angels of light; light is an effect of fire, and fire will burn; ergo, light wenches will burn. Come not near her. COURTEZAN Your man and you are marvellous merry, sir. Will you go with me? We’ll mend our
home; welcom’d home with it when I return; nay, I bear it on my shoulders as a beggar wont her brat; and I think, when he hath lam’d me, I  shall beg with it from door to door. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, the Courtezan, and a Schoolmaster call’d PINCH. E. ANTIPHOLUS Come, go along; my wife is coming yonder. E. DROMIO Mistress, ‘respice finem’, respect your end; or rather, to prophesy like the parrot,  ‘Beware the rope’s-end’. E. ANTIPHOLUS Wilt thou still talk? [Beating him.
disparagement,  Yet will I favour thee in what I can. Therefore, merchant, I’ll limit thee this day To seek thy help by beneficial hap. Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus; Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum,  And live; if no, then thou art doom’d to die. Gaoler, take him to thy custody. GAOLER I will, my lord. AEGEON Hopeless and helpless doth Aegeon wend, But to procrastinate his lifeless end. [Exeunt. SCENE II. The mart. Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, DROMIO
ANTIPHOLUS I never came within these abbey  walls, Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on me; I never saw the chain, so help me Heaven! And this is false you burden me withal. DUKE Why, what an intricate impeach is this!  I think you all have drunk of Circe’s cup. If here you hous’d him, here he would have been; If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly. You say he din’d at home: the goldsmith here Denies that saying. Sirrah, what say you? E. DROMIO Sir, he din’d with her
provision for her following me, And soon and safe arrived where I was.  There had she not been long but she became A joyful mother of two goodly sons; And, which was strange, the one so like the other As could not be distinguish’d but by names. That very hour, and in the self-same inn,  A mean woman was delivered Of such a burden, male twins, both alike. Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. My wife, not meanly proud of two