The Comedy of Errors

Antipholus of Ephesus Character Analysis

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One of Aegeon’s twin sons, separated from him when just a baby. He has become a wealthy merchant in Ephesus, with a wife named Adriana (whom he may be cheating on). He is constantly confused with his twin throughout the play, arrested for (apparently to him) no reason, and tied up and thrown in a dark room by Pinch. In his frustration, he beats his servant Dromio and threatens violence against Adriana. At the end of the play, he prioritizes family above money, offering to pay Aegeon’s fine in order to save his life.

Antipholus of Ephesus Quotes in The Comedy of Errors

The The Comedy of Errors quotes below are all either spoken by Antipholus of Ephesus or refer to Antipholus of Ephesus. 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 3, Scene 1 Quotes

Are you, there, wife? You might have come before.

Your wife, sir knave! Go get you from the door.

Related Characters: Antipholus of Ephesus (speaker), Adriana (speaker)
Page Number: 3.1.96-97
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Act 4, Scene 1 Quotes

I answer you! What should I answer you?

The money that you owe me for the chain.

I owe you none till I receive the chain.

You know I gave it you half an hour since.

You gave me none: you wrong me much to say so.

You wrong me more, sir, in denying it:
Consider how it stands upon my credit.

Well, officer, arrest him at my suit.

Related Characters: Antipholus of Ephesus (speaker), Angelo (speaker), Merchant (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Gold Necklace, Bail Money, and Diamond Ring
Page Number: 4.1.62-69
Explanation and Analysis:

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What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?

A ship you sent me to, to hire waftage.

Thou drunken slave, I sent thee for a rope,
And told thee to what purpose and what end.

You sent me for a rope’s end as soon:
You sent me to the bay, sir, for a bark.

I will debate this matter at more leisure,
And teach your ears to list me with more heed.
To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight:
Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk
That’s cover’d o’er with Turkish tapestry
There is a purse of ducats; let her send it:
Tell her I am arrested in the street,
And that shall bail me: hie thee, slave, be gone!

Related Characters: Antipholus of Ephesus (speaker), Dromio of Syracuse (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Gold Necklace, Bail Money, and Diamond Ring
Page Number: 4.1.96-109
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Act 4, Scene 4 Quotes

Alas, I sent you money to redeem you,
By Dromio here, who came in haste for it.

Money by me! Heart and good-will you might;
But surely, master, not a rag of money.

Went’st not thou to her for a purse of ducats?

He came to me, and I deliver’d it.

And I am witness with her that she did.

God and the rope-maker bear me witness
That I was sent for nothing but a rope!

Related Characters: Antipholus of Ephesus (speaker), Dromio of Ephesus (speaker), Adriana (speaker), Luciana (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Gold Necklace, Bail Money, and Diamond Ring
Page Number: 4.4.88-96
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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
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Antipholus of Ephesus Character Timeline in The Comedy of Errors

The timeline below shows where the character Antipholus of Ephesus appears in The Comedy of Errors. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 1
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At the house of Antipholus of Ephesus (the twin of Antipholus of Syracuse), his wife Adriana talks with her sister Luciana. She... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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Near his house, Antipholus of Ephesus is conversing with his servant Dromio, a goldsmith named Angelo, and a merchant named Balthazar.... (full context)
...all this noise, Adriana comes to the door from inside and asks who is outside. Antipholus of Ephesus calls her his wife, and Adriana is shocked, telling this man whom she thinks is... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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...almost enchanted him with her “mermaid’s song.” Angelo enters and gives Antipholus the necklace that Antipholus of Ephesus had ordered. Antipholus of Syracuse is confused, but accepts the chain. Angelo leaves, and Antipholus... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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Just then, Antipholus of Ephesus enters with Dromio of Ephesus. He tells Dromio to go get a rope so that... (full context)
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Dromio of Syracuse enters and tells Antipholus of Ephesus (who he thinks is his master) that there is a ship leaving soon. He has... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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By the house of Antipholus of Ephesus , Adriana and Luciana are discussing Antipholus. Luciana says that he denied his marriage and... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 4
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Antipholus of Ephesus is still under arrest by the officer. Dromio of Ephesus finds him, and Antipholus is... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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Just then, Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus arrive, and Adriana is frightened. She exclaims that he “is borne... (full context)
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...Antipholus of Syracuse also produces the bail money that Adriana had meant to send to Antipholus of Ephesus . (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... (full context)
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...go into the abbey. Dromio of Syracuse says that there is a “fat friend” at Antipholus of Ephesus ’ house that claimed him as her husband, but will now be his sister-in-law. They... (full context)