• Enter SECOND MERCHANT and ANGELO the goldsmith

    ANGELO

    I am sorry, sir, that I have hindered you,
    But I protest he had the chain of me,
    Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.

    SECOND MERCHANT

    How is the man esteemed here in the city?

    ANGELO

    5Of very reverend reputation, sir,
    Of credit infinite, highly beloved,
    Second to none that lives here in the city.
    His word might bear my wealth at any time.

    SECOND MERCHANT

    Speak softly. Yonder, as I think, he walks.
    ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE again

    ANGELO

    10'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck
    Which he forswore most monstrously to have.
    Good sir, draw near to me. I’ll speak to him.—
    Signior Antipholus, I wonder much
    That you would put me to this shame and trouble,
    15And not without some scandal to yourself,
    With circumstance and oaths so to deny
    This chain, which now you wear so openly.
    Beside the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
    You have done wrong to this my honest friend,
    20Who, but for staying on our controversy,
    Had hoisted sail and put to sea today.
    This chain you had of me. Can you deny it?
  • The SECOND MERCHANT and ANGELO enter.

    ANGELO

    I’m sorry that I delayed you, sir. But even though he denies it, I swear he got the necklace from me.

    SECOND MERCHANT

    What’s this man’s reputation like here in the city?

    ANGELO

    People think very highly of him. The merchants give him unlimited credit. He’s well beloved, second to none in the city. I’d trust him with everything I own.

    SECOND MERCHANT

    Speak more quietly: I think he’s coming this way.
    ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE enter.

    ANGELO

    You’re right. And that necklace around his neck is the very one he swore he didn’t have! Good sir, stay close to me. I’ll speak to him. Signior Antipholus, I can’t believe you’d put me to this kind of shame and trouble—not to mention the scandal you’ve brought on yourself. You swore I never gave you the necklace, but now you’re wearing it openly. Not only has your lie cost you money, shame, and imprisonment, but you’ve also mistreated this honest friend of mine. If it hadn’t been for this dispute, he would have already hoisted sail and left for sea. You got that necklace from me: can you deny that?