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    William Shakespeare (Author)
Excerpt: ... told to-day at dinner, Of his own doors being shut against his entrance. 85 Belike his wife, acquainted with his fits, On purpose shut the doors against his way. My way is now to his home to his house, And tell his wife that, being lunatic, 441 He rush'd into my house, and took perforce 90 My ring away. This course I fittest choose: For forty ducats is too much to lose. Exit. IV. 4 Scene IV. A street. Enter Antipholus of Ephesus and the Officer . Ant. E. Fear me not, man: I will not break away: I'll give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money, To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for. My wife is in a wayward mood to-day, 5 And will not lightly trust the messenger. That I should be attach'd in Ephesus, I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears. Enter Dromio of Ephesus with a ropes-end. Here comes my man: I think he brings the money. How now, sir! have you that I sent you for? 10 Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay them all. Ant. E. But where's the money? Dro. E. Why, sir, I gave the money for the rope. Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a rope? Dro. E. I'll serve you, sir, five hundred at the rate. 15 Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee hie thee home? Dro. E. To a rope's-end, sir: and to that end am I returned . Ant. E. And to that end, sir, I will welcome you. Beating him. Off. Good sir, be patient. 20 Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient: I am in adversity. Off. Good, now, hold thy tongue. 442 Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his hands. Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain! Dro. E. I would I were senseless, sir, that I might not 25 feel your blows. Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but blows, and so is an ass. Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed: you may prove it by my long ears . I have served him from the hour of my nativity 30 to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service but blows. When I am cold, he heats me with beating: when I am warm, he cools me with beating: I am waked with it when...
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