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SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.
the two Antipholuses.
Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants,
Scene : EPHESUS.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
SCENE I.-A Hall in the Duke's Palace.
Enter DUKE, ÆGEON, Gaoler, Officers and other
And by the doom of death end woes and all.
I am not partial to infringe our laws:
Who, wanting guilders to redeem their lives, A hall . . . palace) Malone; The Duke's palace Theobald; A publick Place Capell. Duke] the Duke of Ephesus Ff. Ægeon] Rowe; with the Merchant of Siracusa Ff. Officers] Capell; Officer Staunton; omitted in Ff. 1. Solinus] F 1; Salinus Ff 2, 3, 4.
1. Solinus] The Duke's name is VI. iv. ix. 12: "Expect your highnot mentioned elsewhere in the play. ness' doom of life or death.” Shake
2. doom]judgment, sentence. The speare uses it for the day of judgment exact phrase occurs also in Henry V. in the well-known passages in HamIII. vi. 46:
let, 11. iv. 50: * As against the “Exeter hath given the doom of doom"; and Macbeth, 11. iii. 83: death
“ The great doom's image"; and iv. For pax of little price ";
" What, will the line stretch and in situs Andronicus, iii. i. 24: out to the crack of doom?" “Unbind my sons, reverse the doom 8. guilders] The "guilder” was of death." We also find in 2 Henry (a) a gold coin formerly current in the
Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods,
20 Unless a thousand marks be levied,
To quit the penalty, and to ransom him. 14. Syracusians] F 4; Siracusians Ff 1, 2, 3; Syracusans Pope,
16, 17. Nay more, if ... Ephesus Be seene at any) Ff; Nay, more, If At any Malone; any omitted by Pope. 22. and to] Fr; and Ff 1, 2, 3. Netherlands and parts of Germany; Folios, which also occurs in v. i. 124: (6) a Dutch silver coin worth about a reverend Syracusian merchant." is. 8d. English (New Eng. Dict.). Marshall points out that the form Valued from one shilling and sixpence Syracusian is found in Burton's to two shillings, says Steevens. Used Anatomy of Melancholy (ed. 1676), here and in iv. i. 4 in a general sense
p. 345 : or as that Syracusian in a for money. So in Marlowe, Faustus, tempest,” etc. Similarly, Dryden in his sc. iv. line 34 (Bullen, i, 229): “Wag- MacFlecknoe, 83, has “ Pure clinches
Hold, take these guilders'; [i.e. puns] the suburbian muse affords." where the stage-direction following 15. adverse] Compare Twelfth is “gives him money."
Night, v. i. 87: “Into the danger of 11. intestine] Not quite in the sense this adverse town.' of “internal," as between people of 16, 17. Nay, more, . . . fairs] The the same state; as in 1 Henry IV.1. Globe and Cambridge editions print i. 12: " in the intestine shock And as three lines, thus:furious close of civil butchery
“Nay, more, only other passage in Shakespeare If any born at Ephesus be seen where the word seems to occur); but At any Syracusian marts and rather as amplifying and emphasising
fairs”; the previous word “mortal.'
but there can be little doubt that the 14: Syracusians] Pope's spelling “any” of the Folios in the last line has been adopted by some Editors, has been caught up by mistake from but there seems little reason for any the preceding line, and that Pope was deviation from the spelling of the right in omitting it.