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Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
In company, I often glancéd it:
Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.
Abb. And therefore came it that the man was mad.
Poisons more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.
It seems, his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing :
Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;
And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
Thou say'st his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls:
But moody, heavy and dull melancholy,
66. it] at it, Pope. 67. vile] Rowe; vilde Ff 1, 2, 3; vild F 4. venom] venome Ff1, 2; venomous Ff 3, 4; venom'd Pope.
69, 70. clamours Poisons] clamours. Poison Pope; clamour Poisons Capell. 74. make] F 1; makes Ff 2, 3, 4. 77. brawls] bralles F 1. moody, heavy] Editor; cloudy Ed. conj.; moodie F 1; muddy Ff 2, 3, 4; moody, moping Hanmer; moodie moping Heath conj.; moody madness Singer conj. (ed. 1); moody sadness Singer conj. (ed. 2); moody musing S. Walker conj.; only moody Keightley conj. 80. Kinsman] Kins-woman Capell, ending line 79 at Kins-; A'kin Hanmer; Kinsmen Singer conj.; Steevens puts the line in a parenthesis.
79. But moody, .. melancholy] This line is clearly defective in metre, a dissyllable having dropped out. I think line 45 supra gives us the key to the missing word; which also occurs as an epithet or concomitant of "melancholy in the two plays nearest to The Errors in point of date, viz., Love's Labour's Lost, v. ii. 14: "He made her melancholy, sad and heavy"; and Two Gentlemen of Verona, III. ii. 62: "She is lumpish, heavy, melancholy." In Lucrece, 1602, we find "this moody heavi
ness.' Cloudy" is perhaps quite as suitable. It is an epithet of melancholy in Titus Andronicus, II. iii. 33.
80. Kinsman] Used generically, I think, without reference to gender; hence there is no primâ facie necessity for the change of "her" to "their" in the next line; although "their" may be correct. If any confusion of genders there be, Ritson quotes a good example from the Merchant of Venice, III. ii. 169, where Portia says:
"But now I was the lord
And at her heels a huge infectious troop
Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly,
When he demean'd himself rough, rude, and wildly.
Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.
Abb. No; not a creature enters in my house.
Adr. Then let your servants bring my husband forth.
Abb. Neither: he took this place for sanctuary,
And it shall privilege him from your hands
Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
And will have no attorney but myself;
And therefore let me have him home with me.
Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir
Till I have used the approvéd means I have,
81. her] their Malone (Heath conj.); his Collier, ed. 2 (S. Walker conj.). 86. Hath] F 1; Have Ff 2, 3, 4.
88. rough, rude] rough-rude S. Walker
wildly] wild Capell. 89. these] Ff 1, 2; those Ff 3, 4.
Of this fair mansion, master of
vol. i. p. xvii.): distemperature of her bodie."
94. took] Compare "take," line 36 ante.
100. attorney] A proof, however slight, of Shakespeare's knowledge of and ingrained fondness for legal terms.
To make of him a formal man again.
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath,
A charitable duty of my order:
Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband here;
And ill it doth beseem your holiness
To separate the husband and the wife.
Abb. Be quiet, and depart: thou shalt not have him. [Exit.
Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indignity.
Adr. Come, go: I will fall prostrate at his feet,
And take perforce my husband from the abbess.
Sec. Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five:
112. [Exit.] Theobald. F 2.
117. [Exeunt. Enter Merchant and Goldsmith] sorry] solemn Collier (ed. 2).
121. "death] Ff 3, 4; depth Ff 1, 2.
105. formal man] i.e. in his regular or normal state. Compare Twelfth Night, II. v. 127: "This is evident to any formal capacity." Steevens refers to Measure for Measure [v. i. 236], "These poor informal women," "for just the contrary." Craig compares the use of the word" formal" in the old stage-direction to one of T. Heywood's dialogues, Jupiter and Io": "Enter Mercury, like a yong formal Shepheard," i.e. a shepherd in
his habit as he lived.
106. parcel] i.e. part: apparently another legal reminiscence.
121. Sorry] sad, pitiful. Steevens observes this word "had anciently a stronger meaning than at present; and he quotes Chaucer's Prologue to the Sompnoures Tale (1700, Pollard) :
"This Frere, whan he hadde looked al his fille,
Upon the tormentz of this sory place";
and the Knightes Tale, where the Temple of Mars is described (Pollard, 2004): "Al ful of chirkying [i.e. chirping, twittering] was that sory place."
Sec. Mer. To see a reverend Syracusian merchant,
Against the laws and statutes of this town,
Ang. See, where they come; we will behold his death.
Enter DUKE, attended; ÆGEON bareheaded; with the Headsman and other Officers.
Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly,
If any friend will pay the sum for him,
He shall not die, so much we tender him.
It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong.
Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, my husband,— Whom I made lord of me and all I had,
At your important letters,—this ill day
124. reverend] Ff 3, 4; reuerent Ff 1, 2. 128. Enter Adriana and Lucio] F 2. Enter bareheaded .] Enter the Duke of Ephesus, and the Merchant of Siracuse, bareheaded (bare head F 1) . . . Ff. III. Pope. 132. Enter Adriana] F 2. 134. reverend] Ff. 137, 138. Whom . letters, this] (Whom ... letters) this Theobald; Who.. Letters this F1; Whom ... had (At important] F 1; all-potent Rowe.
Letters) this Ff 2, 3, 4. letters] letter F 4.
A most outrageous fit of madness took him;
That desperately he hurried through the street-
Doing displeasure to the citizens
By rushing in their houses, bearing thence
Once did I get him bound, and sent him home,
That here and there his fury had committed.
Anon, I wot not by what strong escape,
He broke from those that had the guard of him;
And with his mad attendant and himself,
Each one with ireful passion, with drawn swords,
Met us again, and, madly bent on us,
Chased us away; till, raising of more aid,
We came again to bind them. Then they fled
Into this abbey, whither we pursued them;
And will not suffer us to fetch him out,
Nor send him forth, that we may bear him hence.
148. strong] strange Dyce, ed. 2 (Malone conj.). F 1. 158. hence] Ff 1, 2; thence Ff 3, 4. Court of wards was always considered as a grievous oppression. It is glanced at as early as the old morality of Hycke Scorner:
'these ryche men ben unkinde:
For they contrayne them to marry
Ye, wheder they wyll or no."" 146. take order for] take measures for settling. Compare Richard II. v. i. 53: "There is order ta'en for you"; Othello, v. ii. 72: "Honest
155. whither] whether
Iago hath ta'en order for 't"; and other passages.
148. strong escape] "I suppose, means an escape effected by strength or violence" (Steevens). It is by no means certain, however, that strange, the conjecture of Malone, and which has been adopted by Dyce (ed. 2), is not the correct reading. "I wot not" rather points to it. It is noteworthy that in II. ii. 175, Folios I, 2 and 3 read stranger, while Folio 4 has stronger, obviously the correct reading.