• Enter SECOND MERCHANT, ANGELO and an OFFICER

    SECOND MERCHANT

    You know since Pentecost the sum is due,
    And since I have not much importuned you,
    Nor now I had not, but that I am bound
    To Persia, and want guilders for my voyage.
    5Therefore make present satisfaction,
    Or I’ll attach you by this officer.

    ANGELO

    Even just the sum that I do owe to you
    Is growing to me by Antipholus.
    And in the instant that I met with you,
    10He had of me a chain. At five o'clock
    I shall receive the money for the same.
    Pleaseth you walk with me down to his house,
    I will discharge my bond and thank you too.
    Enter ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS and DROMIO OF EPHESUS from the COURTESAN'S house

    COURTESAN'S OFFICER

    That labor may you save. See where he comes.

    ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

    15While I go to the goldsmith’s house, go thou
    And buy a rope’s end. That will I bestow
    Among my wife and her confederates
    For locking me out of my doors by day.
    But soft. I see the goldsmith. Get thee gone.
    20Buy thou a rope, and bring it home to me.
  • The SECOND MERCHANT, ANGELO,and an OFFICER enter.

    SECOND MERCHANT

    You’ve owed me this money since the Pentecost holiday. I haven’t pressed you for it, and I wouldn’t now except that I’m going to Persia and I need money for the trip. So pay me now, or I’ll have this officer arrest you.

    ANGELO

    Antipholus owes me the exact amount that I owe you. Just before I ran into you, I gave him a necklace. At five o'clock he’s going to pay me for it. Please, come to his house with me. I’ll pay what I owe you then and say thank you as well.
    ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS and DROMIO OF EPHESUS enter from the COURTESAN'S house.

    OFFICER

    He saves you the trouble: look, here he comes.

    ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS

    (to DROMIO) I’m going to the jeweler’s house. You go buy a piece of rope—I’ll whip my wife and her cohorts for locking me out of my own house. Wait a minute! I see the jeweler. Go, be gone with you. Buy a rope and bring it to me.