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The Comedy of Errors Characters

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. 

She does not think her sister has much right to judge her opinions, as Luciana lacks a husband to grieve her and therefore doesn’t actually know what she’s talking about. She feels deeply wronged by her husband’s constant desertions, though he swears that his interactions with the Courtesan are entirely respectable. She pleads with her husband to come home for lunch, disturbed as she is by his jesting and pretense that he doesn’t know her. Grieved by the news that Antipholus of Syracuse has been flirting with her sister, she bursts into a fine flurry of insults at him. She is soon convinced that he is mad, however, and fetches Doctor Pinch to cure him. When her husband escapes into the priory, she attempts to reason with the Abbess to have him sent forth, but is denied, and she must sue to the Duke instead, though she somewhat overstates her case. Of wealthy birth, she married Antipholus of Ephesus at the Duke’s entreaty. She is emotional, and giving to beating her servants.

 

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