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The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors


by William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors Act II, Scene i Summary

  • E. Antipholus’s wife Adriana, and her sister, Luciana, are still at E. Antipholus’s house waiting for the man to come home for dinner. They have a little philosophical exchange, during which Luciana insists that men are freer than women, so it’s no surprise that E. Antipholus feels free to do as he pleases, without any regard for the women in his life.
  • Adriana doesn’t take this comment so kindly. She’s sure that because Luciana is an unmarried woman, she has no idea what she’s talking about when it comes to marriage. Luciana says she isn’t afraid of the troubles of the marriage-bed, she’s just waiting for her tame self to emerge; she’ll get married once she learns to obey.
  • E. Dromio enters the scene, and explains what happened with S. Antipholus at the marketplace – still, of course, thinking S. Antipholus was actually his master, E. Antipholus. Then E. Dromio explains to Adriana that her husband has gone mad, and denies that he has a wife – her.
  • Now Adriana is even more pissed. She sends E. Dromio back to the marketplace to get E. Antipholus again. E. Dromio hesitantly goes again, but only after Adriana threatens him with the third beating in, like, two hours.
  • Adriana now begins to worry that she must be old and ugly, so her husband prefers other company to hers. She blames E. Antipholus for wasting the beauty of her youth. Though Luciana tries to get her sister to pull it together, Adriana continues to complain.
  • Now Adriana’s convinced E. Antipholus is out having a snack in some other woman’s kitchen. She mentions that her husband was supposed to be bringing her a necklace, but she fears it’s not a jewelry store that’s detaining him.

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