• Enter ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE, DROMIO OF SYRACUSE, and FIRST MERCHANT

    FIRST MERCHANT

    Therefore give out you are of Epidamnum,
    Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate.
    This very day a Syracusian merchant
    Is apprehended for arrival here
    5And, not being able to buy out his life,
    According to the statute of the town
    Dies ere the weary sun set in the west.
    There is your money that I had to keep.

    ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

    Go bear it to the Centaur, where we host,
    10And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee.
    Within this hour it will be dinnertime.
    Till that, I’ll view the manners of the town,
    Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings,
    And then return and sleep within mine inn,
    15For 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.
    Exit DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

    ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

    A trusty villain, sir, that very oft,
    20When I am dull with care and melancholy,
    Lightens my humor with his merry jests.
    What, will you walk with me about the town
    And then go to my inn and dine with me?

    FIRST MERCHANT

    I am invited, sir, to certain merchants,
    25Of whom I hope to make much benefit.
  • ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE,DROMIO OF SYRACUSE, and FIRST MERCHANT enter.

    FIRST MERCHANT

    So, tell people that you’re from Epidamnum–otherwise all your goods will be confiscated. Just today, a merchant from Syracuse was arrested for coming here. He couldn’t afford the ransom, so by law, he’ll be put to death before the sun sets. Here’s the money you asked me to hold.

    ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

    Dromio, bring this money to the Centaur Inn, where we’re lodging, and wait there until I come. It’ll be lunchtime within an hour. Until then, I’ll walk around town, peruse the markets, and gaze upon the buildings, and then I’ll return and sleep at the inn. I’m stiff and weary from all this travel. Get going now.

    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

    Many men would take you literally and take off with all this money.
    DROMIO OF SYRACUSE exists.

    ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE

    He’s a trustworthy servant. Often, when I’m dulled by worry and melancholy, he lightens my mood with his merry pranks. Listen, will you walk with me around the town and then dine with me at the inn?

    FIRST MERCHANT

    Begging your pardon, but I’ve been invited to see some merchants, who I’m hoping to see a profit from. But if