The Comedy of Errors

Aegeon Character Analysis

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A merchant from Syracuse, who was separated from one of his twin sons, one of his twin servants, and his wife in a shipwreck. He has come to Ephesus searching for them, in violation of a law forbidding any Syracusans from being in the town. He is due to be executed for this, but is pardoned at the last minute at the conclusion of the play.

Aegeon Quotes in The Comedy of Errors

The The Comedy of Errors quotes below are all either spoken by Aegeon or refer to Aegeon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of The Comedy of Errors published in 2005.
Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes

There had she not been long but she became
A joyful mother of two goodly sons;
And, which was strange, the one so like the other
As could not be distinguish’d but by names.
That very hour, and in the self-same inn,
A meaner woman was delivered
Of such a burden, male twins, both alike:
Those, for their parents were exceeding poor,
I bought, and brought up to attend my sons.

Related Characters: Aegeon (speaker)
Page Number: 1.1.49-57
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For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues,
We were encounter’d by a mighty rock;
Which being violently borne upon,
Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst;
So that, in this unjust divorce of us,
Fortune had left to both of us alike
What to delight in, what to sorrow for.

Related Characters: Aegeon (speaker)
Page Number: 1.1.10-106
Explanation and Analysis:

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Act 5, Scene 1 Quotes

I am sure you both of you remember me.

Ourselves we do remember, sir, by you;
For lately we were bound, as you are now.
You are not Pinch’s patient, are you, sir?

Why look you so strange on me? You know me well.

I never saw you in my life till now.

O, grief hath changed me since you saw me last,
And careful hours with time’s deformed hand
Have written strange defeatures in my face:
But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice?

Neither.

Dromio, nor thou?

No, trust me, sir, nor I.

I am sure thou dost.

Related Characters: Aegeon (speaker), Antipholus of Ephesus (speaker), Dromio of Ephesus (speaker)
Page Number: 5.1.300-314
Explanation and Analysis:

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Aegeon Character Timeline in The Comedy of Errors

The timeline below shows where the character Aegeon appears in The Comedy of Errors. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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As the play begins, Solinus, the duke of Ephesus, is leading Aegeon, a merchant from Syracuse, to be executed. Solinus explains that there is great “enmity and... (full context)
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Aegeon says that he is glad to be executed, as this will end his troubles. Solinus... (full context)
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...the same inn, a poor woman gave birth to two identical male twins, as well. Aegeon bought these twins to bring up as servants for his own sons, and prepared to... (full context)
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Along the way, though, there was a great storm at sea, and Aegeon suffered a shipwreck. Trying to stay alive, Aegeon and his wife both tied themselves to... (full context)
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Aegeon and his one son lived in Syracuse, and when the son turned eighteen, he wanted... (full context)
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Solinus pities Aegeon, but says that he cannot behave contrary to his city’s laws and cannot pardon him.... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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Elsewhere in Ephesus, Aegeon’s son, Antipholus, is talking to a merchant. The merchant warns him to pretend not to... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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The Duke enters with Aegeon, and repeats his offer that if anyone can pay the fee for Aegeon, he will... (full context)
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...Adriana is frightened. She exclaims that he “is borne about invisible.” Antipholus asks for justice. Aegeon says that he recognizes his son and his son’s servant, but no one listens to... (full context)
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...ring. The Duke calls for the abbess, and says he thinks everyone is “stark mad.” Aegeon interrupts to say that he sees someone who will surely pay his fine: he sees... (full context)
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Aegeon thinks that his appearance has changed in the seven years since he has seen his... (full context)
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...must be spirits, not the real Antipholus and Dromio. Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse recognize Aegeon. The abbess calls Aegeon her husband and identifies herself as Aemilia, his long lost wife.... (full context)
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Antipholus of Ephesus says he will use the bail money to pay Aegeon’s fine, but the Duke says that he will simply pardon Aegeon. Antipholus of Ephesus returns... (full context)