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This play, of which the first edition was that of the folio 1623, is mentioned by Meres in 1598, and exhibits internal proofs of having been one of Shakspeare's earliest productions. A translation of the Menachmi of Plautus by W. W. (i. e. according to Ward, William Warner) was published in 1595, and may have afforded the ground work of the present comedy.
SOLINUS, duke of Ephesus.
Twin brothers, and sons to
Ægeon and Æmilia, but ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse,
unknown to each other. Dromio of Ephesus, Dromio of Syracuse, BALTHAZAR, a merchant. ANGELO, a goldsmith. 4 Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. Pinch, a schoolmaster, and a conjurer.
}Twin brothers, and attendants on
ÆMILIA, wife to Ægeon, an abbess at Ephesus.
Gaoler, Officers, and other Attendants.
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
Scene I.-A Hall in the Duke's Palace.
Enter Duke, ÆgEON, Gaoler, Officers, and other
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more ;
Æge. Yet this my comfort; when your words are done, My woes end likewise with the evening sun.