• Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA

    ADRIANA

    Neither my husband nor the slave returned
    That in such haste I sent to seek his master?
    Sure, Luciana, it is two o'clock.

    LUCIANA

    Perhaps some merchant hath invited him,
    5And from the mart he’s somewhere gone to dinner.
    Good sister, let us dine and never fret.
    A man is master of his liberty;
    Time is their master, and when they see time
    They’ll go or come. If so, be patient, sister.

    ADRIANA

    10Why should their liberty than ours be more?

    LUCIANA

    Because their business still lies out o' door.

    ADRIANA

    Look when I serve him so, he takes it ill.

    LUCIANA

    O, know he is the bridle of your will.

    ADRIANA

    There’s none but asses will be bridled so.

    LUCIANA

    15Why, headstrong liberty is lashed with woe.
    There’s nothing situate under heaven’s eye
    But hath his bound, in earth, in sea, in sky.
    The beasts, the fishes, and the wingèd fowls
    Are their males' subjects and at their controls.
    20Man, more divine, the masters of all these,
  • ADRIANA and LUCIANA enter.

    ADRIANA

    Neither my husband nor the slave has returned, even though I sent the slave off running. Surely, Luciana, it’s already two o'clock.

    LUCIANA

    Maybe some merchant at the marketplace invited him home for lunch. Sister, let’s eat and stop worrying. A man is master of his own freedom: time is his only master, and when the right moment comes along, he’ll come or go as he pleases. If this is so, be patient, sister.

    ADRIANA

    Why should men be more free than women?

    LUCIANA

    Because their business lies outside the home.

    ADRIANA

    Listen, when I behave this way toward him, he hates it.

    LUCIANA

    Oh, you should know that he’s the bridle to your will.

    bridle

    bridle = muzzlelike device used to restrain a horse

    ADRIANA

    Only a mule would agree to that.

    LUCIANA

    Why, too much freedom leads to woe. There’s nothing under heaven that doesn’t have its limits. The beasts on the earth, the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky are all subject to the males of their species and under their control. Men, who are nearest to God, are the masters of all these creatures. And men—the lords of the wide