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Difficult to put into modern English, this means that he was a virtuoso at word-play, at expressing ideas, notions, conceits. There is much rhyme, as in all the early plays: it came easily to him. Text. The text is a good one, from the First Folio of 1623, fairly certainly from a manuscript of the author, for the speech-prefixes prefer descriptive characters to personal names. This tendency of Shakespeare's points to his thinking practically in terms of characters as they fitted his available cast.

Dromio of Syracuse being beatep by Antipholus of Syracuse. Engraving by Kenny Meadows from Barry Cornwall's The W01'ks of Shakspere, 1846 Enter DROMIO of Syracuse. How now, sir! is your merry humour alter'd? As you love strokes, so jest with me again. You know no Centaur? you received no gold? Your mistress sent to have me home to dinner? 10 My house was at the Phrenix? mad, That thus so madly thou didst answer me ? Dro. S. What answer, sir? when spake I such a word? Ant. S. Even now, even here, not half an hour since.

The foreign merchant visiting the city tells his man that till dinner-time I'll view the manners of the town, Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, And then return and sleep within mine inn. We are reminded of the visit of Xavarre's follower, the Duc de Biron, in 1600 when Sir Walter Ralegh conducted him round the sights of London, and to Westminster to view the tombs in the Abbey, etc. Far more important is the atmosphere of witchery in which the characters think themselves caught, so great is the confusion between their crossed identities and crosspurposes: they are driven almost to doubt their own identity.

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