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Enter SECOND MERCHANT and ANGELO the goldsmith
The SECOND MERCHANT and ANGELO enter.



ANGELO
I am sorry, sir, that I have hindered you,
But I protest he had the chain of me,
Though most dishonestly he doth deny it.
ANGELO
I’m sorry that I delayed you, sir. But even though he denies it, I swear he got the necklace from me.

SECOND MERCHANT
How is the man esteemed here in the city?
SECOND MERCHANT
What’s this man’s reputation like here in the city?

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ANGELO
Of very reverend reputation, sir,
Of credit infinite, highly beloved,
Second to none that lives here in the city.
His word might bear my wealth at any time.
ANGELO
People think very highly of him. The merchants give him unlimited credit. He’s well beloved, second to none in the city. I’d trust him with everything I own.

SECOND MERCHANT
Speak softly. Yonder, as I think, he walks.
SECOND MERCHANT
Speak more quietly: I think he’s coming this way.
ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE again
ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE and DROMIO OF SYRACUSE enter.

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ANGELO
'Tis so; and that self chain about his neck
Which he forswore most monstrously to have.
Good sir, draw near to me. I’ll speak to him.—
Signior Antipholus, I wonder much
That you would put me to this shame and trouble,
And not without some scandal to yourself,
With circumstance and oaths so to deny
This chain, which now you wear so openly.
Beside the charge, the shame, imprisonment,
You have done wrong to this my honest friend,
Who, but for staying on our controversy,
Had hoisted sail and put to sea today.
This chain you had of me. Can you deny it?
ANGELO
You’re right. And that necklace around his neck is the very one he swore he didn’t have! Good sir, stay close to me. I’ll speak to him. Signior Antipholus, I can’t believe you’d put me to this kind of shame and trouble—not to mention the scandal you’ve brought on yourself. You swore I never gave you the necklace, but now you’re wearing it openly. Not only has your lie cost you money, shame, and imprisonment, but you’ve also mistreated this honest friend of mine. If it hadn’t been for this dispute, he would have already hoisted sail and left for sea. You got that necklace from me: can you deny that?

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The Comedy of Errors (No Fear Shakespeare)