The Comedy of Errors

Dromio of Ephesus Character Analysis

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One of the twin servants of Aegeon’s family, who ends up in Ephesus with Antipholus of Ephesus after the shipwreck. He is obedient but, due to all the confused identities during the play, is often made the scapegoat of various mix-ups and suffers beatings as a punishment. Like his twin, he is clever with words, puns, and riddles.

Dromio of Ephesus Quotes in The Comedy of Errors

The The Comedy of Errors quotes below are all either spoken by Dromio of Ephesus or refer to Dromio 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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Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee?

To me, sir? Why, you gave no gold to me.

Come on, sir knave, have done your foolishness,
And tell me how thou hast disposed thy charge.

My charge was but to fetch you from the mart
Home to your house, the Phoenix, sir, to dinner:
My mistress and her sister stays for you.

Now, as I am a Christian, answer me,
In what safe place you have bestow’d my money;
Or I shall break that merry sconce of yours,
That stands on tricks when I am undisposed:
Where is the thousand marks thou hadst of me?

Related Characters: Antipholus of Syracuse (speaker), Dromio of Ephesus (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Gold Necklace, Bail Money, and Diamond Ring
Page Number: 1.2.71-82
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Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

When I desired him to come home to dinner,
He ask’d me for a thousand marks in gold:
‘’Tis dinner-time,’ quoth I; ‘My gold!’ quoth he:
‘Your meat doth burn,’ quoth I; ‘My gold!’ quoth he:
‘Will you come home?’ quoth I; ‘My gold!’ quoth he,
‘Where is the thousand marks I gave thee, villain?’
‘The pig,’ quoth I, ‘is burn’d;’ ‘My gold!’ quoth he:
‘My mistress, sir,’ quoth I; “Hang up thy mistress!
I know not thy mistress; out on thy mistress!’

Related Characters: Dromio of Ephesus (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Gold Necklace, Bail Money, and Diamond Ring
Page Number: 2.1.62-72
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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
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
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We came into the world like brother and brother;
And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.

Related Characters: Dromio of Ephesus (speaker)
Page Number: 5.1.439-441
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Dromio of Ephesus Character Timeline in The Comedy of Errors

The timeline below shows where the character Dromio of Ephesus appears in The Comedy of Errors. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
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...brother but cannot seem to find them. Just then, the servant of Antipholus’ lost brother, Dromio of Ephesus , arrives and tells Antipholus (whom he mistakes for his identical twin) to come home... (full context)
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Dromio of Ephesus is confused by the question and again tells Antipholus to come home for dinner, or... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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...married, she would think differently, because she would be “burdened with like weight of pain.” Dromio of Ephesus enters and tells his mistress that Antipholus refused to come home and acted as if... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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...he has never seen Luciana or Adriana before. Antipholus calls him a liar, thinking of Dromio of Ephesus , who did bring the message to him earlier. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
...the house already) to leave. Antipholus is ready to break down the door, and tells Dromio of Ephesus to get “an iron crow” for this purpose. (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 he can give it... (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 hopeful that he will have the money for his bail.... (full context)
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Adriana and Luciana think they are Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus , just escaped from Pinch, and they flee along with the courtesan and the officer.... (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 about invisible.” Antipholus asks... (full context)
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...his long lost wife. She explains that after the shipwreck, Corinthian fishermen took Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus from her and left her with people from Epidamnum. She then became an abbess. (full context)
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Everyone but Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse leaves to go into the abbey. Dromio of Syracuse says that... (full context)