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Men. Tra. O Jupiter!

Mes. Peace, what exclaiming is this? How old were

ye then?

Men. Cit. About seven yeare old: for even then I 485 shedde teeth, and since that time I never heard of

anie of my kindred.

Mess. Had ye never a brother?

Men. Cit. Yes, as I remember, I heard them say, we

were two Twinnes.

Men. Tra. O Fortune!

Mess. Tush, can ye not be quiet? Were ye both of


one name?

Men. Cit. Nay, (as I think) they cald my brother,



Men. Tra. It is he, what need further proofe? O brother, brother, let me embrace thee!

Men. Cit. Sir, if this be true, I am wonderfully glad : but how is it that ye are called Menechmus?

Men. Tra. When it was tolde us that you and our father 500

were both dead, our Graundsire (in memorie of my
father's name) chaungde mine to Menechmus.

Men. Cit. 'Tis verie like he would do so indeed.


let me aske ye one question more: what was
our mother's name?

Men. Tra. Theusimarche.

Men. Cit. Brother, the most welcome man to mee, that the world holdeth.


Men. Tra. I joy, and ten thousand joyes the more, having taken so long travaile and huge paines to seeke 510 you.

Mess. See now, how all this matter comes about. This it was that the Gentlewoman had ye in to dinner, thinking it had bene he.

Men. Cit. True it is I willed a dinner to be provided for 515

me heere this morning; and I also brought hither
closely, a cloake of my wives, and gave it to this


Men. Tra. Is not this the same, brother?
Men. Cit. How came you by this?

Men. Tra. This woman met me; had me in to dinner;
enterteined me most kindly; and gave me this
cloake, and this chaine.


Men. Cit. Indeed she took ye for mee: and I believe I have bene as straungely handled by occasion of 525 your comming.

Mess. You shall have time inough to laugh at all these matters hereafter. Do ye remember maister, what

ye promised me?

Men. Cit. Brother, I will intreate you to performe your 530 promise to Messenio; he is worthie of it.

Men. Tra. I am content.

Mess. Io Tryumphe.

Men. Tra. Brother, will ye now go with me to Syracusis? Men. Cit. So soone as I can sell away such goods as I 535 possesse here in Epidamnum, I will go with you.

Men. Tra. Thanks, my good brother.

Men. Cit. Messenio, plaie thou the Crier for me, and

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What day shall your sale be?

Men. Cit. This day sennight.

Mess. All men, women and children in Epidamnum,


or elsewhere, that will repaire to Menechmus house
this day sennight, shall there finde all maner of 545
things to sell; servaunts, household stuffe, house,

ground and all; so they bring readie money. Will
ye sell your wife too Sir?

Men. Cit. Yea, but I think no bodie will bid money for


Mess. Thus Gentlemen we take our leaves, and if we have pleasde, we require a Plaudite.



The References are to the Notes

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basting, dry, 33.

bay (boy F 1), 119.

beard singed, 110.
beast, 61.

become disloyalty, 57.
bestrid, 112.

better part, 38, 60.

bob (F 1 sob), 85.

blood, drop of, 89.
bond, 82.

bought and sold, 52.
bound, 118.

boy (F 1) for bay, 118.
break a word, 53.
break any breaking, 52.
bridewell, 79.
buck, mad as a, 52.
buff, 77.

buy out, 13.

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attraction, loss of final or initial letter cates, 48.

by, 118, 123.

back-friend, 79.
bald (Time), 37.
ballast, 64.
balsamum, 72.
band, 82, 87.

chalky cliffs, 64.

changed (world), 41.

chargeful, 69.

children (trisyllabic), 121.

choleric, 33.

churl, 48.

circumstance, 102.

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