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this man,

And tell his wife, that, being lunatic,

Cour. Mark, how he trembles in his extacy: He rush'd into my house, and took perforce Pinch. Give me your hand, and let me fed My ring away: This course I fittest choose;

your pulse. For forty ducats is too much to lose.


Ant. E. There is my hand, and let it feel your SCENE IV.--The same.

Pinch. I charge thee, Satan, hous'd within Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus, and un Officer. Ant. E. Fear me not, man, I will not break And to thy state of darkness hie thee straight;

To yield possession to my holy prayers, away; I give thee, ere I leave thee, so much money I conjure thee by all the saints in heaven. To warrant thee, as I am 'rested for.

Ant. E. Peace, doting wizard, peace, I am My wife is in a wayward mood to-day:

not mad. And will not lightly trust the messenger,

Adr. O, that thou wert not, poor distressed That I should be attach'd in Ephesus :

soul! I tell you, 'twill sound harshly in her ears.

Ant. E. You minion you, are these your cus

tomers ? Enter Dromio of Ephesus with a rope's end. Did this companion* with a saffron face Here comes my man; I think, he brings the Whilst upon me the guilty doors were shut,

Revel and feast it at my house to day, money. How now, Sir? have you that I sent you for ?

And I denied to enter in my house? Dro. E. Here's that, I warrant you, will pay

Adr. O, husband, God doth know, you din'd them all.

at home, Ant. E. But where's the money?

Where'would you had remain'd until this time, Dro. E. Why, Sir, I gave the money for the Free from these slanders, and this open


Ant. E. I din'd at home! Thou villain, what rope. Ant. E. Five hundred ducats, villain, for a

„say'st thou ?

Dro. E. Sir, sooth to say, you did not dine rope ?

at home. Dro. E. I'll serve you, Sir, five hundred at the rate.

Ant. E. Were not my doors lock'd up, and I Ant. E. To what end did I bid thee bie thee

shut out? home?

Dro. E. Perdy,t your doors were lock'd, Dro. E. To a rope's end, Sir; and to that

and you shut out. end am I return'd.

Ant. E. And did not she herself revile me

there? Ant. E. And to that end, Sir, I will welcome

Dro. E. Sans fable, she herself revil'd you you. [Beating him.

there. Of. Good Sir, be patient. Dro. E. Nay, 'tis for me to be patient; I am

Ant. E. Did not her kitchen maid rail, taunt,

and scorn me ? in adversity: Off. Good now, hold thy tongue.

Dro. E. Certes, she did ; the kitchen-vestal

scorn'd you. Dro. E. Nay, rather persuade him to hold his hands.

Ant. E. And did not I in rage depart from

thence ? Ant. E. Thou whoreson, senseless villain ! Dro. E. I would I were senseless, Sir, that

Dro. E. In verity you did ;-my bones bear

witness, I might not

feel your blows. Ant. E. Thou art sensible in nothing but That since have felt the vigour of his rage. blows, and so is an ass.

Adr. Is't good to sooth him in these con

traries ? Dro. E. I am an ass, indeed; you may prove it by my long ears. I have serv'd him from the

Pinch. It is no shame; the fellow finds his

vein, hour of nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service, but blows: And, yielding to him, humours well his frenzy.

Ant. E. Thou hast suborn’d the goldsmith to when I am cold, he heats me with beating :

arrest me. when I am warm, he cools me with beating :

Adr. Alas, I sent you money to redeem you. I am waked with it, when I sleep; raised with it, when I sit; driven out of doors with it, By Dromio here, who came in haste for it. when I go from home; welcomed home with it,

Dro. E. Money by me? heart and good-will when I return: nay, I bear it on my shoulders,

you might, as a beggar wont her brat; and, I think, when But surely, master, not a rag of money.

Ant. E. Went'st not thou to her for a purse he hath lamed me, I shall beg with it from door

of ducats ? to door.

Adr. He came to me, and I deliver'd it. Enter ADRIANA, LUCIANA, and the COURTEZAN, Luc. And I am witness with her, that she with Pinch, and others.


Dro. E. God and the rope-maker, bear me, Ant. E. Come, go along; my wife is coming

witness, yonder.

That I was sent for nothing but a rope ! Dro. É. Mistress, respice finem, respect your

Pinch. Mistress, both man and master is end; or rather the prophecy, like the parrot,

possessid: Beware the rope's end.

I know it by their pale and deadly looks: Ant. E. Wilt thou still talk ? (Beuts him. Cour. How say you now? is not your hus- They must be bound, and laid in some dark band mad?

Ant. E. Say, wherefore didst thou lock me Adr. His incivility confirms no less.

forth to-day, Good doctor Pinch, you are a conjurer; And why dost thou deny the bag of gold? Establish him in his true sense again, And I will please you what you will demand., * Fellow. Lu. Alas, how tiery and how sharp he looks! † A corruption of the French oath--pardieu.

* Without a fable. * Correct them all.



come near me.

Adr. I did not, gentle husband, lock thee Adr. And come with naked swords; let's forth.

call more help, Dro. E. And, gentle master, I receiv'd no To have them bound again. gold;

Offi. Away, they'll kill us. But I confess, Sir, that we were lock'd out.

(Exeunt OfficeR, ADR, and Loc. Adr. Dissembling villain, thou speak'st false Ant. s. I see these witches are afraid of in both.

swords. Ant. E. Dissembling barlot, thou art false in Dro. S. She, that would be your wife, now And art confederate with a damned pack, [all;

ran from you. To make a loathsome abject scorn of me: Ant. S. Come to the Centaur; fetch our stuff* But with these nails Fil pluck out these false

from thence : eyes,

I long, that we were safe and sound aboard. That would behold in me this shameful sport. Dro. $. Faith, stay here this night, they will [Pinch and his assistants bind Ant. and surely do us no harm; you saw, they speak us DROMIO.

fair, give us gold: methinks, they are such a Adr. O, bind him, bind him, let him not gentle nation, that but for the mountain of mad

Hesh that claims marriage of me, I could find Pinch. More company ;—the fiend is strong in my heart to stay here still, and turn witch. within him.

Ant. S. I will not stay to-night for all the Luc. Ab me, poor man, how pale and wan

town; he looks!

Therefore away, to get our stuff aboard. Ant. E. What, will you murder me? Thou

(Exeunt. jailer, thou, I am thy prisoner; wilt thou suffer them

To make a rescue?

SCENE I.--The same.
Offi. Masters, let him go;
He is my prisoner, and you shall not have him. Enter MERCHANT and ANGELO.

Pinch. Go, bind this man, for he is frantic too.
Adr. What wilt thou do, thou peevisho offi-

Ang. I am sorry, Sir, that I have hinder'd Hast thou delight to see a wretched man [cer? But, I protest, he had the chain of me, . [you; Do outrage and displeasure to himself?

Though most dishonestly he doth deny it. Offi. He is my prisoner; if I let him go,

Mer. How is the man esteem'd here in the The debt he owes, will be requir'd of me.

city ? Adr. I will discharge thee, ere I go from thee: of credit infinite, highly belov'd,

Ang. Or very reverend reputation, Sir, Bear me forthwith unto his creditor, [it. And, knowing how the debt grows, I will pay His word might

bear my wealth at any time.

Second to none that lives here in the city; Good master doctor, see him safe convey'd Home to my house.-0 most unhappy day!

Mer. Speak softly: yonder, as I think, he Ant. E. O most unhappyt strumpet!

walks. Dro. E. Master, I am here enter'd in bond Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syrucuse. Ant. E. Out on thee, villain! wherefore dost Ang. "Tis so; and that self chain about bis thou mad me?

neck, Dro. E. Will you be bound for nothing? be which he forswore, most monstrously, to have. Good master; cry, the devil.- (mad, Good Sir, draw pear to me, I'll speak to him. Luc. God help, poor souls, how idly do they Signior Antipholus, I wonder much [ble; talk!

That you would put me to this shame and trou. Adr. Go bear him hence.-Sister, go you And not without some scandal to yourself, with me.

With circumstance, and oaths, so to deny (Exeunt Pinch and assistants with Ant. This chain, which now you wear so openly: and Dro.

Besides the charge, the shame, imprisonment, Say now, whose suit is he arrested at ? You have done wrong to this my honest friend; Offi. One Angelo, a goldsmith; Do you know who, but for staying on our controversy, him ?

Had hoisted sail, and put to sea to-day : Adr. I know the man: What is the sum he This chain you had of me, can you deny it? owes ?

Ant. S. I think, I had; I never did deny it. Offi. Two hundred ducats.

Mer. Yes, that you did, Sir; and forswore Adr. Say, how grows it due?

it too. Offi. Due for a chain, your husband had of Ant. S. Who heard me to deny it, or forhim.

swear it? Adr. He did bespeak a chain for me, but Mer. These ears of mine, thou knowest, did had it not.

hear thee: Cour. When as your husband, all in rage, Fie on thee, wretch! 'tis pity, that thou liv'st to-day

To walk where any honest men resort. Came to my house, and took away my ring, Ant. S. Thou art a villain, to impeach me ('The ring I saw upon his finger now,)

thus : Straight after, did I meet him with a chain. I'll prove mine honour, and mine honesty

Adr. It may be so, but I did never see it:- Against thee presently, if thou dar’st stand. Come, jailer, bring me where the goldsmith is, Mer. I dare, and do defy thee for a villain. I long to know the truth hereof at large.

[They draw. Enter ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, with his rapier Enter Adriana, Luciana, COURTEZAN, and drawn, and DROMIO of Syracuse.

others. Luc. God, for thy mercy! they are loose Adr. Hold, hurt him not, for God's sake; again.

for you.

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Some get within him, take his sword away: Why bear you these rebukes, and answer not?
Bind Promio too, and bear them to my house. Adr. She did betray me to my own reproof.
Dro. S. Run, inaster, run ; for God's sake, Good people, enter, and lay hold on hím.
take a house.t

Abb. No, not a creature enters in my house. This is some priory ;-In, or we are spoil'd. Adr. Then, let your servants bring my hus[Ereunt ANTIPH. and DROMIO to the Priory.

band forth.

Abb. Neither; he took this place for sancEnter the ABBESS.

tuary, Abb. Be quiet, people; Wherefore throng And it shall privilege him from your hands, you hither?

Till I have brought him to his wits again, Adr. To fetch my poor distracted husband Or lose my labour in assaying it. hence:

Adr. I will attend my husband, be his nurse, Let us come in, that we may bind him fast, Diet his sickness, for it is my office, And bear him home for his recovery.

And will have no attorney but myself; Ang. I knew, he was not in his perfect wits. And therefore let me bave him home with me. Mer. I am sorry now, that I did draw on Abb. Be patient; for I will not let him stir, him.

Till I have us'd the approved means I have, Abb. How long hath this possession held the With wholesome syrups, drugs, and holy man?

prayers, Adr. This week he hath been heavy, sour, To make of him a formal man again :* and sad,

It is a branch and parcelt of mine oath, And much, much different from the man he A charitable duty of my order; But, till this afternoon, his passion (was; Therefore depart, and leave him here with me. Ne'er brake into extremity of rage.

Adr. I will not hence, and leave my husband Abb. Hath he not lost much wealth by wreck And ill it doth beseem your holiness, [here; at sea ?

To separate the husband and the wife. Buried some dear friend? Hath not else his Abb. Be quiet, and depart, thou shalt not Stray'd his affection in unlawful love? [eye

have him.

(Exit ABBESS. A sin, prevailing much in youthful men, Luc. Complain unto the duke of this indigWho give their eyes the liberty of gazing.

nity, Which of these sorrows is he subject to?

Adr. Come, go; I will fall prostrate at his Adr. To none of these, except it be the last;

feet, Namely, some love, that drew him oft from And never rise until my tears and prayers home.

Have won his grace to come in person hither, Abb. You should for that have reprebended And take perforce my husband from the Abhim.

Less, Adr. Why, so I did.

Mer. By this, I think, the dial points at five: Abb. Ay, but not rough enough.

Anon, I am sure, the duke himself in person Adr. As roughly, as my modesty would let Comes this way to the melancholy vale;

The place of death and sorryf execution, Abb. Haply, in private.

Behind the ditches of the abbey here. Adr. And in assemblies too.

Ang. Upon what cause? Abb. Ay, but not enough.

Mer. To see a reverend Syracusan merchant, Adr. It was the copyt of our conference: Who put unluckily into this bay In bed, he slept not for my urging it;

Against the laws and statutes of this town, At board, he fed not for my urging it;

Beheaded publicly for his offence. Alone, it was the subject of my theme;

Ang. See, where they come; we will behold In company, I often glanced it;

his death. Still did I tell him it was vile and bad.

Luc. Kneel to the duke, before he pass the Abb. And thereof came it, that the man was

abbey. mad: The venom clamours of a jealous woman

Enter Duke attended; EGEON bare-headed ; Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth..

with the Headsman and other Officers. It seems his sleeps were hinder'd by thy rail

Duke. Yet once again proclaim it publicly, ing:

If any friend will pay the sum for him, And thereof comes it that his head is light.

He shall not die, so much we tender him. Thou say'st, his meat was sauc'd with thy up

Adr. Justice, most sacred duke, against the braidings:

Abbess! Unquiet meals make ill digestions,

Duke. She is a virtuous and a reverend lady ; Thereof the raging fire of fever bred;

It cannot be, that she hath done thee wrong. And what's a fever but a fit of madness?

Adr. May it please your grace, Antipholus, Thou say'st, his sports were hinder'd by thy brawls :

my husband,

Whom I made lord of me and all I had, Sweet recreation barr'd, what doth ensue,

At your importantş letters,—this ill day But moody and dull melancholy,

A most outrageous fit of madness took him; (Kinsman to grim and comfortless despair;)

That desperately he hurried through the street And, at her heels, a huge infectious troop

(With him bis bondman, all as mad as he,) of pale distemperatures, and foes to life?

Doing displeasure to the citizens In food, in sport, and life-preserving rest To be disturb'd, would mad or man, or beast; Rings, jewels, any thing his rage did like.

By rusbing in their houses, bearing thence The consequence is then, thy jealous fits

Once did I get him bound, and sent him home, Have scared thy husband from the use of wits. Luc. She never reprehended him but mildly, That here and there his fury had committed.

Whilst to take order for the wrongs I went, When he demean’d'himself rough, rude, and Anon, I woty not by what strong escape,


wildly,-. l.e. Close, grapple with him.

* I. e. To bring him back to his senses. + Part. Sad. 1. Go into a house.

Importunate. II I. e. To take measures. I Know

*The theme.


He broke from those that had the guard of Ant. E. This day, great duke, she shut the him;

doors upon me, And, with his mad attendant and himself, While she with harlots feasted in my house. Each one with ireful passion, with drawn Duke. A grievous fault: Say, woman, didst swords,

thou so? Met us again, and, madly bent on us,

Adr. No, my good lord;--myself, he, and my Chas’d us away; till raising of more aid,

sister, We came again to bind them: then they fled To-day did dine together: So befall my soul, Into this abbey, whither we pursued them ; As this is false, he burdens me withal! And here the abbess shuts the gates on us, Luc. Ne'er may I look on day, nor sleep on And will not suffer us to fetch him out,

night, Nor send him forth, that we may bear him But she tells to your highness simple truth! hence.

[mand, Ang. ( perjur'd woman! They are both forTherefore, most gracious duke, with thy comLet him be brought forth, and borne hence for In this the madman justly chargeth them. help.

Ant. E. My liege, 'I am advised what I say; Duke. Long since, thy husband serv'd me in Neither disturb’d with the effect of wine, my wars ;

Nor heady-rash, provok'd with raging ire, And I to thee engag'd a prince's word, Albeit, my wrongs might make one wiser mad. When thou didst make him master of thy bed, This woman lock'd me out this day from dinner: To do him all the grace and good I could.-- That goldsmith there, were he not pack'd with Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate,

her, And bid the lady abbess come to me;

Could witness it, for he was with me then; I will determine this, before I stir.

Who parted with me to go fetch a chain,
Enter a SERVANT.

Promising to bring it to the Porcupine,

Where Balthazar and I did dine together. Sero. O mistress, mistress, shift and save Our dinner done, and he not coming thither, yourself!

I went to seek hím: in the street I met him ; My master and his man are both broke loose,

And in his company, that gentleman, [down, Beaten the maids a-row,* and bound the doc- There did this perjur'd goldsmith swear me tor,

That I this day of him receiv'd the chain, Whose beard they have singed off with brands Which, God he knows, I saw not: for the of fire ;

He did arrest me with an officer. (which, And ever as it blazed, they threw on him

I did obey; and sent my peasant home Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair: For certain ducats: he with none return’d. My master preaches patience to him, while Then fairly I bespoke the officer, His man with scissars nicks himt like a fool : To go in person with me to my house. And, sure, unless you send some present help, By the

way we met Between them they will kill the conjurer. My wife, her sister, and a rabble more Adr. Peace, fool, thy master and his man of vile confederates; along with them are here;

They brought one Pinch; a hungry lean-fac'd And that is false thou dost report to us.

A mere anatomy, a mountebark, (villain, Serv. Mistress, upon my life, I tell you true; | A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller ; I have not breath'd almost, since I did see it.

A needy, hollow-ey'd, sharp-looking wretch, He cries for you, and

vows, if he can take you, A living dead man: this pernicious slave, To scorch your face, and to disfigure you: Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer;

(Cry within. And, gazing in mine eyes, feeling my pulse, Hark, hark, I hear him, mistress; fly, be gone. And with no face, as 'twere, outfacing me, Duke. Come, stand by me, fear nothing: Cries out, I was possess'd : then altogether Guard with halberts.

They fell upon me, bound me, bore me thence; Adr. Ah me, it is my husband! Witness you, And in a dark and dankish vault at home That he is borne about invisible:

There left me and my man, both bound toEven now we hous'd him in the abbey here;

gether;. And now he's there, past thought of human Till gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder,

I gain'd my freedom, and immediately Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Ephesus.

Ran hither to your grace; whom I beseech Ant. E. Justice, most gracious duke, oh, For these deep shames and great indignities.

To give me ample satisfaction grant me justice! Even for the service that long since I did thee,

Ang. My lord, in truth, thus far I witness

with him; When I bestrid thee in the wars, and took Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood That he dined not at home but was lock'd out.

Duke. But had be such a chain of thee, or no? That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice. Æge. Unless the fear of death doth make me

Ang. He had, my lord : and when he ran in

here, dote,

These people saw the chain about his neck. I see my son Antipholus, and Dromio, Ant. E. Justice, sweet prince, against that

Mer. Besides, I will be sworn, these ears of

mine woman there. She whom thou gav'st to me to be my wife;

Heard you confess you had the chain of him, That bath abused and dishonour'd me,

After you first foreswore it on the mart, Even in the strength and height of injury !

And, thereupon, I drew my sword on you;

And then you filed into this abbey here,
Beyond imagination is the wrong,
That she this day hath shameless thrown on me.

From whence, I think you are come by miracle.

Ant. E. I never came within these abbey Duke. Discover how, and thou shalt find me

walls, just. * I. e. Successively, one after another.

* Harlot was a term of reproach applied to cheats among + I.e. Cuts his hair close.

men as well as to wantons among women.


Nor ever didst thou draw thy sword on ine: 'Thou know'st, we parted : but perhaps, my I never saw the chain, so help me heaven!

son, And this is false, you burden me withal. Thou sham'st to acknowledge me in misery. Duke. Why, what an intricate impeach is Ant. E. The duke, and all that know me in this!

the city, I think, you all have drank of Circe's cup: Can witness with me that it is not so; If here you hous'd him, here he would have I ne'er saw Syracusa in my life. been ;

[ly:- Duke. I tell thee, Syracusan, twenty years If he were mad, he would not plead so cold- Have I been patron to Antipholus, You say, he dined at home; the goldsmith here During which time he ne'er saw Syracusa: Denies that saying :-Sirrah, what say you? I see, thy age and dangers make thee dote. Dro. E. Sir, he dined with her there, at the Porcupine.

Enter the ABBess, with ANTIPHOLUS Syracusan, Cour. He did ; and from my finger snatch'd

and DROMIO Syracusan. that ring Ant. E. 'Tis true, my leige, this ring I had

Abb. Most mighty duke, behold a man much of her.


Al gather to see him. Duke. Saw'st thou him enter at the abbey

Adr. I see two husbands, or mine eyes dehere?

ceive me. Cour. As sure, my liege, as I do see your

Duke. One of these men is Genius to the grace.

other; Duke. Why, this is strange:-Go call the And so of these: Which is the natural man, Abbess hither;

And which the spirit? Who deciphers them? I think you are all mated,* or stark mad.

Dro. S. I, Sir, am Dromio ; command him [Exit an Attendant.

away. Æge. Most mighty duke, vouchsafe me speak

Dro. E. I, Sir, am Dromio; pray let me stay. a word;

Ant. S. Ageon, art thou not? or else his Haply I see a friend will save my life,

ghost? And pay the sum that may deliver me.

Dro. S. O, my old master! who hath bound Duke. Speak freely, Syracusan, what thou

him here? wilt.

Abb. Whoever bound him, I will loose his Æge. Is not your name, Sir, call'd Anti

bonds, pholus ?

And gain a husband by his liberty :And is not that your bondman Dromio?

Speak, old Ægeon, if thou be'st the man Dro. E. Within this hour I was his bondman, That had'st a wife once call'd Æmilia, Sir,

That bore thee at a burden two fair sons :
But he, I thank him, gnaw'd in two my cords; O, if thou beʼst the same Ægeon, speak,
Now am I Dromio, and his man, unbound.

And speak unto the same Æmilia!
Æge. I am sure, you both of you remember Æge. If I dream not, thou art Æmilia ;

If thou art she, tell me, where is that son
Dro. E. Ourselves we do remember, Sir, by That floated with thee on the fatal raft?

Abb. By men of Epidamnum, he, and I, you; For lately we were bound as you are now.

And the twin Dromio, all were taken up; You are not Pinch's patient, are you, Sir?

But, by and by, rude fishermen of Corinth Æge. Why look you strange on 'me? you By force took Dromio and my son from them, know me well.

And me they left with those of Epidamnum: Ant. E. I never saw you in my life, till now. What then became of them, I cannot tell; Æge. Oh! grief hath chang’d me, since you 1, to this fortune that you see me in. saw me last;

Duke. Why, here begins his morning story And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand

right;* Have written strange defeaturest in my face: These two Antipholuses, these two so like, But tell me yet, dost thou not know my voice? And these two Dromios, one in semblance,Ant. E. Neither.

Besides her urging of her wreck at sea,-. Æge. Dromio, nor thou ?

These are the parents to these children, Dro. E. No, trust me, Sir, nor I.

Which accidentally are met together. Æge. I am sure, thou dost.

Antipholus, thou cam’st from Corinth first. Dro. E. Ay, Sir; but I am sure, I do not;

Ant. S. No, Sir, not I; I came from Syracuse and whatsoever a man denies, you are now Duke. Stay, stand apart; I know not which

is which. bound to believe him. Æge. Not know my voice! O, time's extre

Ant. E. I came from Corinth, my most gra mity!


cious lord. Hast thou so crack'd and splitted my poor

Dro. E. And I with him. In seven short years, that here my only son Ant. E. Brought to this town with that mos

famous warrior Knows not my feeble key of untun'd cares? Though now this grained; face of mine be hid Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle. In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, Adr. Which of you two did dine with me And all the conduits of my blood froze up;

to-day? Yet bath my night of life some memory,,

Ant. S. I, gentle mistress.
My wasting lamp some fading glimmer lest, Adr. And are you not my husband ?
My dull deaf ears a little use to hear:

Ant. E. No, I say nay to that.

Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so; All these old witnesses (I cannot err,) Tell me, thou art my son Antipholus.

And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,

Did call me brother :- What I told you then, Ant. E, I never saw my father in my life. Æge. But seven years since, in Syracusa, I hope, I shall have leisure to make good; boy,

If this be not a dream, I see, and hear. * Confounded.

+ Alteration of features. * The morning story is what Ægeon tells the Duke In Furrowed, lined

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