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Now in the stirring passage of the day,
And that supposed by the common rout
And dwell upon your grave when you are dead;
For e'er hous'd where it gets possessión.
Ant. E. You have prevail'd. I will depart in quiet,
My wife-but, I protest, without desert—
Hath oftentimes upbraided me withal :
To her will we to dinner. [To Ang.] Get you home,
105. slander] lasting slander Johnson conj. upon] upon it's own Capell conj. 106. hous'd... gets] F 1; housed . . .
gets Singer (ed. 1); hous'd
. once gets Ff 2, 3, 4; hous'd where't gets Steevens. 108. wrath] Theobald; mirth Ff; my wife Keightley. 114. [To Ang.] Clark and Glover. 116. Porpentine] Ff; Porcupine Rowe.
99. stirring passage] busy traffic. Compare Othello, v. i. 37: "What, ho! no watch? no passage?"; and Cotgrave, "Passee: a passage, course, passing along."
102. ungalled] "unblemished" (Craig), who compares "galling" in Henry V. v. i. 78.
105. lives upon succession] i.e. exists upon a series of slanders, each slander being succeeded and supported by the next comer.
106. possession] "hous'd" would seem to show Shakespeare's inclination towards the legal meaning of possession,
For there's the house: that chain will I bestow-
This jest shall cost me some expense.
SCENE II.—The Same.
Enter LUCIANA and ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse.
A husband's office? Shall, Antipholus,
117. will I] F 1; I will Ff 2, 3, 4. 122. hour] F 1; hour, sir Ff 2, 3, 4.
119. mine] F 1; my Ff 2, 3, 4.
SCENE II.] omitted by Ff. F 1; Enter, from the house, Iulia. Ff. 2. Antipholus] Theobald conj. 4. building] (Theobald conj.); ruinate Ff. word used by Shakespeare. See Hamlet, I. v. 20: "Like quills upon the fretful porpentine." It also occurs in III. ii. 170, IV. i. 49, v. i. 222, 276 of this play. Douce says the word, although written Porpentine in the old editions of Shakespeare, was scarcely so pronounced; for in Eliot's Dictionary, 1545, and Cooper's Dictionary, 1584, it is Porkepyne.
Enter Luciana] Dyce here makes no division of scene, but says that
Enter Juliana. 1. Luc.] Rowe; Antipholis, thus ruinous] Capell
Luciana and Antipholus of Syracuse
3. love-springs] Compare Venus and Adonis, 656: "This canker that eats up Love's tender spring."
4. ruinous] There can be little doubt that this, Capell's reading from Theobald's conjecture, must be substituted for the Folio ruinate. There is ample
If you did wed my sister for her wealth,
Then for her wealth's sake use her with more kindness:
Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth;
Muffle your false love with some show of blindness;
Let not my sister read it in your eye;
Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator;
Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty;
Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted;
Be secret-false: what need she be acquainted?
16. attaint] Rowe; attaine Ff 1, 2, 3; attain F 4. is F I. 21. but] Theobald; not Ff.
20. are] Ff 2, 3, 4;
22. compact of credit] made up of credulity. Compare Venus and Adonis, 149: "Love is a spirit all compact of fire"; Midsummer-Night's Dream, v. i. 8: "The lunatic are of imagination all compact"; As You Like It, II. vii. 5: "If he, compact of jars, grow musical." Rushton, Shakespeare Illustrated by the Lex Scripta, 1870, p. 62, refers to the Statute 24 Henry VIII. cap. 12: “A body politick compact of all sorts and degrees of people."
Then, gentle brother, get you in again:
Comfort my sister, cheer her, call her wife;
'Tis holy sport, to be a little vain,
When the sweet breath of flattery conquers strife.
Ant. S. Sweet mistress-what your name is else, I know not, Nor by what wonder you do hit of mine
Less in your knowledge and your grace you show not,
Your weeping sister is no wife of mine,
Far more, far more, to you do I decline.
26. wife] wise F 1.
30. of] on Steevens (1793). shaddow Ff 2, 3; shadow F 4. 43. no] F 1; a Ff 2, 3, 4. incline Collier.
27. vain] Perhaps here "empty of speech," or as Johnson says, "light of tongue, not veracious"; having regard to "flattery" in the next line. 30. hit of]i.e. hit on, guess.
32. our earth's wonder] possibly "a compliment to Elizabeth. Pronounced with emphasis, it would not fail to make a due impression on the audience" (Douce).
34. conceit] apprehension, understanding. Compare iv. ii. 65 post. 36. folded] concealed,
35. shallow] F1; 44. decline]
O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note,
Spread o'er the silver waves thy golden hairs,
And as a bed I'll take them and there lie;
And, in that glorious supposition, think
He gains by death that hath such means to die :
Let Love, being light, be drowned if she sink! Luc. What, are you mad, that you do reason so? Ant. S. Not mad, but mated; how, I do not know. Luc. It is a fault that springeth from your eye. Ant. S. For gazing on your beams, fair sun, being by. Luc. Gaze where you should, and that will clear your sight. Ant. S. As good to wink, sweet love, as look on night.
46. sister's] Ff 2, 3, 4; sister F 1. 48. hairs] hears Keightley. a bed] Ff 2, 3, 4; a bud F 1. them] Capell (Edwards conj.); thee Ff. 52. Love, being light, be] Love be light, being Hudson (Badham conj.). she] he Capell. 56. For] From Capell conj. 57. where] Rowe (ed. 2);
45. train] draw, entice: e.g. 1 Henry IV. v. ii. 21: we did train him on."
45. mermaid] Almost equivalent to "siren" in line 47. Compare also line 166 of this scene. Steevens quotes the index to Holland's Pliny: "Mermaids in Homer were witches, and their songs enchauntements."
52. light] With a quibble on the senses of "wanton and opposed to 'heavy." Venus so speaks of herself in Venus and Adonis, 149, 150:"Love is a spirit Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire." According to Malone, Love is here used for the Queen of Love. Dyce compares Marlowe's Ovid's Elegies (bk. i. el. x.): "Love and Love's son are with fierce arms at odds" (Works, ed. Dyce, 1858, p. 321).
53. reason] i.e. talk. Compare IV. ii. 57: "As if Time were in debt!
how fondly [i.e. foolishly] dost thou
54. mated] bewildered, confounded: with a play on the other sense of the word, i.e. partnered or matched with a wife. Compare v. i. 282 post; Taming of the Shrew, III. ii. 246: "That, being mad herself she's madly mated"; and Macbeth, v. i. 86:
'My mind she has mated." The form "amated" occurs in Greene's Orlando Furioso (Dyce, 1831, vol. i. p. 21): "Hath love amated him?"; but also "mated" in his Friar Bacon, etc. (ib. p. 155): "What are you mated by this frolic friar?"
58. wink] to close the eyes in sleep: frequent in this sense in Shakespeare, as in the famous passage in Romeo and Juliet, III. ii. 6:
Spread thy close curtain, loveperforming night,
That rude day's eye may wink."