Speeches (Lines) for Aemilia
in "Comedy of Errors"

Total: 16

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1

V,1,1467

(stage directions). [Enter the Lady Abbess, AEMILIA]

Aemilia. Be quiet, people. Wherefore throng you hither?


2

V,1,1473

Second Merchant. I am sorry now that I did draw on him.

Aemilia. How long hath this possession held the man?


3

V,1,1478

Adriana. This week he hath been heavy, sour, sad,
And much different from the man he was;
But till this afternoon his passion
Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

Aemilia. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck of sea?
Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his eye
Stray'd his affection in unlawful love?
A sin prevailing much in youthful men,
Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
Which of these sorrows is he subject to?


4

V,1,1486

Adriana. To none of these, except it be the last;
Namely, some love that drew him oft from home.

Aemilia. You should for that have reprehended him.


5

V,1,1488

Adriana. Why, so I did.

Aemilia. Ay, but not rough enough.


6

V,1,1490

Adriana. As roughly as my modesty would let me.

Aemilia. Haply, in private.


7

V,1,1492

Adriana. And in assemblies too.

Aemilia. Ay, but not enough.


8

V,1,1499

Adriana. It was the copy of our conference:
In bed he slept not for my urging it;
At board he fed not for my urging it;
Alone, it was the subject of my theme;
In company I often glanced it;
Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

Aemilia. And thereof came it that the man was mad.
The venom clamours of a jealous woman
Poisons more deadly than a mad dog's tooth.
It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy railing,
And therefore comes it that his head is light.
Thou say'st his meat was sauced with thy upbraidings:
Unquiet meals make ill digestions;
Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;
And what's a fever but a fit of madness?
Thou say'st his sports were hinderd by thy brawls:
Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue
But moody and dull melancholy,
Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair,
And at her heels a huge infectious troop
Of pale distemperatures and foes to life?
In food, in sport and life-preserving rest
To be disturb'd, would mad or man or beast:
The consequence is then thy jealous fits
Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.


9

V,1,1523

Adriana. She did betray me to my own reproof.
Good people enter and lay hold on him.

Aemilia. No, not a creature enters in my house.


10

V,1,1525

Adriana. Then let your servants bring my husband forth.

Aemilia. Neither: he took this place for sanctuary,
And it shall privilege him from your hands
Till I have brought him to his wits again,
Or lose my labour in assaying it.


11

V,1,1533

Adriana. I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
And will have no attorney but myself;
And therefore let me have him home with me.

Aemilia. Be patient; for I will not let him stir
Till I have used the approved means I have,
With wholesome syrups, drugs and holy prayers,
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.


12

V,1,1543

Adriana. I will not hence and leave my husband here:
And ill it doth beseem your holiness
To separate the husband and the wife.

Aemilia. Be quiet and depart: thou shalt not have him.


13

V,1,1771

Solinus. I tell thee, Syracusian, twenty years
Have I been patron to Antipholus,
During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa:
I see thy age and dangers make thee dote.
[Re-enter AEMILIA, with ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse and]
DROMIO of Syracuse]

Aemilia. Most mighty duke, behold a man much wrong'd.


14

V,1,1781

Dromio of Syracuse. O, my old master! who hath bound him here?

Aemilia. Whoever bound him, I will loose his bonds
And gain a husband by his liberty.
Speak, old AEgeon, if thou be'st the man
That hadst a wife once call'd AEmilia
That bore thee at a burden two fair sons:
O, if thou be'st the same AEgeon, speak,
And speak unto the same AEmilia!


15

V,1,1791

Aegeon. If I dream not, thou art AEmilia:
If thou art she, tell me where is that son
That floated with thee on the fatal raft?

Aemilia. By men of Epidamnum he and I
And the twin Dromio all were taken up;
But by and by rude fishermen of Corinth
By force took Dromio and my son from them
And me they left with those of Epidamnum.
What then became of them I cannot tell
I to this fortune that you see me in.


16

V,1,1838

Antipholus of Ephesus. There, take it; and much thanks for my good cheer.

Aemilia. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains
To go with us into the abbey here
And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes:
And all that are assembled in this place,
That by this sympathized one day's error
Have suffer'd wrong, go keep us company,
And we shall make full satisfaction.
Thirty-three years have I but gone in travail
Of you, my sons; and till this present hour
My heavy burden ne'er delivered.
The duke, my husband and my children both,
And you the calendars of their nativity,
Go to a gossips' feast and go with me;
After so long grief, such festivity!


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