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Ant. E. You are sad, signior Balthazar: 'Pray
god, our cheer May answer my good will, and your good welcome
here. Bal. I hold your dainties cheap, sir, and your
welcome dear. Ant. E. O, signior Balthazar, either at flesh or fish, A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty
dish. Bal. Good meat, sir, is common; that
churl affords. Ant. E. And welcome more common; for that's
nothing but words. Bal. Small cheer, and great welcome, makes a
Ant. E. Ay, to a niggardly host, and more sparing
guest: But though my cates be mean, take them in good
part; Better cheer may you have, but not with better heart. But, soft; my door is lock’d; Go bid them let us in. Dro, E. Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely, Gillian,
Jen'! Dro. S. [within.] Mome, malt-horse, capon, cox
comb, idiot, patch !8 Either get thee from the door, or sit down at the
hatch: Dost thou conjure for wenches, that thou call'st for
such store, When one is one too many? Go, get thee from the Dro. E. What patch is made our porter? My
6 Dishes of meat.
master stays in the street. Dro. S. Let him walk from whence he came, lest
he catch cold on's feet. Ant E. Who talks within there? ho, open the
door. Dro. S. Right, sir, I'll tell you when, an you'll tell
me wherefore. Ant. E. Wherefore? for my dinner; I have not
din'd to-day. Dro. S. Nor to-day here you must not; come
again, when you may. Ant. E. What art thou, that keep'st me out from
the house I owe ?9 Dro. S. The porter for this time, sir, and my
name is Dromio. Dro. E. O villain, thou hast stolen both mine
office and my name ; The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle
blame. If thou had'st been Dromio to-day in my place, Thou would'st have chang'd thy face for a name, or
thy name for an ass. Luce. [within.] What a coil' is there? Dromio,
who are those at the gate? Dro. E. Let my master in, Luce. Luce.
he comes too late; And so tell your master. Dro. E.
O Lord, I must laugh :Have at you with a proverb.-Shall I set in my
9 I own, am owner of
1 Bustle, tumult,
Luce. Have at you with another: that's,—When?
tell ? Dro. S. If thy name be callid Luce, Luce, thou
hast answer'd him well. Ant. E. Do you hear, you minion? you'll let us
in, I hope ? Luce. I thought to have ask'd you. Dro. S.
And you said, no. Dro, E. So, come, help; well struck; there was
blow for blow.
tell for whose sake? Dro. E. Master, knock the door hard. Luce.
Let him knock till it ake. Ant, E. You'll cry for this, minion, if I beat the
door down. Luce. What needs all that, and a pair of stocks in
the town? Adr. [within.] Who is that at the door, that keeps
all this noise ? Dro. S. By my troth, your town is troubled with
unruly boys. Ant. E. Are you there, wife! you might have
come before. Adr. Your wife, sir knave! go, get you from the
door. Dro. E. If you went in pain, master, this knave
would go sore. Ang. Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome; we
would fain have either. Bal. In debating which was best, we shall part? Dro. E. They stand at the door, master; bid them
2 Have part.
welcome hither. Ant. E. There is something in the wind, that we
cannot get in. Dro. E. You would say so, master, if your gar•
ments were thin. Your cake here is warm within; you stand here in
the cold : It would make a man mad as a buck, to be so bought
and sold.3 Ant. E. Go, fetch me something, I'll break ope
Dro. S. Break any breaking here, and I'll break
your knave's pate. Dro. E. A man may break a word with you, sir;
and words are but wind; Ay, and break it in your face, so he break it not
behind. Dro. S. It seems, thou wantest breaking; Out
upon thee, hind! Dro, E. Here's too much, out upon thee! I pray
thee, let me in. Dro. S. Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and fish
have no fin. Ant. E. Well, I'll break in; Go borrow me a crow. Dro. E. A crow without a feather; master, mean
you so ?
For a fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a
feather : If a crow help us in, sirrah, we'll pluck a crow to
3 A proverbial phrase.
Ant. E. Go, get thee gone, fetch me an iron crow,
Bal. Have patience, sir ; 0, let it not be so;
with foul intrusion enter in,
Ant. E. You have prevail'd; I will depart in quiet
41. e. Made fast.