The Comedy of Errors


William Shakespeare

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Aemilia Character Analysis

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The long-lost wife of Aegeon and mother of the Antipholus twins. After being separated from Antipholus of Ephesus, she became an abbess. Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse seek sanctuary in her abbey, and she brings them to the Duke at the end of the play to clear up everyone’s confusion.

Aemilia Quotes in The Comedy of Errors

The The Comedy of Errors quotes below are all either spoken by Aemilia or refer to Aemilia. 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 5, Scene 1 Quotes

Hath not else his eye
Stray’d his affection in unlawful love?
A sin prevailing much in youthful men,
Who give their eyes the liberty of gazing.
Which of these sorrows is he subject to?

To none of these, except it be the last;
Namely, some love that drew him oft from home.

You should for that have reprehended him.

Why, so I did.

Ay, but not rough enough.

As roughly as my modesty would let me.

Haply, in private.

And in assemblies too.
The consequence is, then, thy jealous fits
Have scared thy husband from the use of wits.

Related Characters: Adriana (speaker), Aemilia (speaker)
Page Number: 5.1.50-89
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Aemilia Character Timeline in The Comedy of Errors

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Act 5, Scene 1
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Mistakes and Coincidences Theme Icon
...Dromio of Syracuse recognize Aegeon. The abbess calls Aegeon her husband and identifies herself as Aemilia, his long lost wife. She explains that after the shipwreck, Corinthian fishermen took Antipholus and... (full context)
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Marriage and Family Theme Icon
...he will simply pardon Aegeon. Antipholus of Ephesus returns the courtesan’s diamond ring to her. Aemilia suggests that everyone goes into the priory so they can “hear at large discoursed all... (full context)