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

Total: 22

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1

I,1,5

Merchant of Syracuse, plead no more;
I am not partial to infringe our laws:
The enmity and discord which of late
Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke
To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,
Who wanting guilders to redeem their lives
Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods,
Excludes all pity from our threatening looks.
For, since the mortal and intestine jars
'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,
It hath in solemn synods been decreed
Both by the Syracusians and ourselves,
To admit no traffic to our adverse towns Nay, more,
If any born at Ephesus be seen
At any Syracusian marts and fairs;
Again: if any Syracusian born
Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,
His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose,
Unless a thousand marks be levied,
To quit the penalty and to ransom him.
Thy substance, valued at the highest rate,
Cannot amount unto a hundred marks;
Therefore by law thou art condemned to die.

2

I,1,30

Well, Syracusian, say in brief the cause
Why thou departed'st from thy native home
And for what cause thou camest to Ephesus.

3

I,1,98

Nay, forward, old man; do not break off so;
For we may pity, though not pardon thee.

4

I,1,123

And for the sake of them thou sorrowest for,
Do me the favour to dilate at full
What hath befall'n of them and thee till now.

5

I,1,142

Hapless AEgeon, whom the fates have mark'd
To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
Now, trust me, were it not against our laws,
Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
Which princes, would they, may not disannul,
My soul would sue as advocate for thee.
But, though thou art adjudged to the death
And passed sentence may not be recall'd
But to our honour's great disparagement,
Yet I will favour thee in what I can.
Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day
To seek thy life by beneficial help:
Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus;
Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum,
And live; if no, then thou art doom'd to die.
Gaoler, take him to thy custody.

6

V,1,1564

Yet once again proclaim it publicly,
If any friend will pay the sum for him,
He shall not die; so much we tender him.

7

V,1,1568

She is a virtuous and a reverend lady:
It cannot be that she hath done thee wrong.

8

V,1,1595

Long since thy husband served me in my wars,
And I to thee engaged a prince's word,
When thou didst make him master of thy bed,
To do him all the grace and good I could.
Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate
And bid the lady abbess come to me.
I will determine this before I stir.

9

V,1,1621

Come, stand by me; fear nothing. Guard with halberds!

10

V,1,1640

Discover how, and thou shalt find me just.

11

V,1,1643

A grievous fault! Say, woman, didst thou so?

12

V,1,1694

But had he such a chain of thee or no?

13

V,1,1707

Why, what an intricate impeach is this!
I think you all have drunk of Circe's cup.
If here you housed him, here he would have been;
If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly:
You say he dined at home; the goldsmith here
Denies that saying. Sirrah, what say you?

14

V,1,1716

Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey here?

15

V,1,1718

Why, this is strange. Go call the abbess hither.
I think you are all mated or stark mad.

16

V,1,1724

Speak freely, Syracusian, what thou wilt.

17

V,1,1765

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]

18

V,1,1774

One of these men is Genius to the other;
And so of these. Which is the natural man,
And which the spirit? who deciphers them?

19

V,1,1798

Why, here begins his morning story right;
These two Antipholuses, these two so like,
And these two Dromios, one in semblance,—
Besides her urging of her wreck at sea,—
These are the parents to these children,
Which accidentally are met together.
Antipholus, thou camest from Corinth first?

20

V,1,1806

Stay, stand apart; I know not which is which.

21

V,1,1835

It shall not need; thy father hath his life.

22

V,1,1852

With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast.
[Exeunt all but Antipholus of Syracuse, Antipholus]
of Ephesus, Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus]

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