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The passages of alleys, creeks, and narrow lands;
A hound that runs counter and yet draws dryfoot well,
40One that before the judgment carries poor souls to hell.
the opposite direction of its prey, yet can follow the scent of the hunt. A man who puts people away before the verdict is announced.

ADRIANA

Why, man, what is the matter?

ADRIANA

Speak, man, what’s the matter?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

I do not know the matter. He is ’rested on the case.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

I don’t know what the matter is, but he’s been arrested for it.

ADRIANA

What, is he arrested? Tell me at whose suit.

ADRIANA

What? He’s been arrested? Tell me, who had him arrested?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

I know not at whose suit he is arrested well,
45But he’s in a suit of buff which ’rested him; that can I tell.
Will you send him, mistress, redemption—the money in his
  desk?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

I don’t know who had him arrested, but the man that arrested him was in a suit of leather. Mistress, will you send him bail? The money in the desk?

ADRIANA

Go fetch it, sister.

ADRIANA

Get it, sister.
Exit LUCIANA
LUCIANA exits.
   This I wonder at,
That he, unknown to me, should be in debt.
Tell me, was he arrested on a band?
I don’t understand it. How could he be in debt without me knowing it? Tell me, was he arrested because of a

band

A “band” is a bond or debt. Dromio hears another meaning: a band of fabric.

band
?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

50Not on a band, but on a stronger thing:
A chain, a chain. Do you not hear it ring?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

Not for a band, but for something stronger: a necklace, a necklace! Don’t you hear it ring?

ADRIANA

What, the chain?

ADRIANA

What, the necklace?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

   No, no, the bell. 'Tis time that I were gone.
It was two ere I left him, and now the clock strikes one.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

No, no, the bell. It’s time for me to go. It was two o'clock when I left him, and now it’s one.

ADRIANA

The hours come back. That did I never hear.

ADRIANA

Time’s running backward? I’ve never heard of that.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

55O yes, if any hour meet a sergeant, he turns back for
  very fear.

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE

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