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The Comedy of Errors Characters

Duke (Solinus) of Ephesus rules his town with great respect for law, insisting that he cannot go against the set rules even if he wishes to, though he is willing to bend them a little on occasion. 

 
 

Egeon is an old man of Syracuse who sneaks into the city to seek for his lost twin son Antipholus. 

 
 

Antipholus of Ephesus was brought up in Corinth, never knowing his father, and brought to Ephesus by Duke Menaphon of Corinth. 

 
 

Antipholus of Syracuse is Egeon’s son. Separated from his twin at birth, at the age of eighteen he decided to travel the world to find him, and has been searching for him these last seven years. 

 
 

Dromio of Ephesus is Antipholus of Ephesus’s slave. 

 
 

Dromio of Syracuse is Antiopholus of Syracuse’s slave. 

 
 

Balthazar is a merchant of Ephesus and a friend of the local Antipholus. 

 
 

Angelo is a goldsmith in Syracuse, the maker of a fine gold chain commissioned by Antipholus of Ephesus. 

 
 

The First Merchant warns Antipholus of Syracuse to hide his identity, given the penalty for a Syracusian to be caught in Ephesus. He leaves his traveling companion to take care of some business, though promising to join him again in the evening.

 
 

The Second Merchant is on the verge of a journey to Persia, and therefore needs every penny he can get. 

 
 

Pinch is a conjurer and exorcist hired by Adriana to cure Antipholus of Epheseus of his madness. 

 
 

Abbess Aemilia is an abbess in Ephesus, highly respected by all. 

 
 

Adriana is Antipholus of Ephesus’s wife, and a proto-feminist distraught that her husband is paying attention to another woman and irritated that men are not as bound as women are, nor women as free as men. 

 
 

Luciana is Adriana’s sister, and dwells with her and Antipholus of Epheseus. 

 
 

Luce, also known as Nell, is a maid at Antipholus of Ephesus’s. She has little patience with loud ruffians at the gate, whom she consigns to the stocks.

 
 

A Courtezan counts Antipholus of Epheseus among her favored clients, and entertains him often enough to make his wife jealous. 

 
 

The Jailer has custody of Egeon, and accompanies him in his search for someone to pay his ransom. 

 
 

The Messenger rushes in to warn Adriana to flee from her husband, who has broken loose from his bonds. He is clearly terrified.

 
 

The Officer is a debt recovery officer, who can be hired to arrest defaulters.

 
 

The Headsman [mute role] is in charge  of executing Egeon, and leads him to his death.

 
 
 
 
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