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The Comedy of Errors Characters

Dromio of Ephesus is Antipholus of Ephesus’s slave. 

He has the misfortune of having both a master and a mistress given to beating him, though he may find some consolation in the love of Nell the kitchen-maid. He endures them patiently, though he is not afraid to run away when need be to escape the blows, nor to complain of how beatings is all he has ever known from his master. He is completely flummoxed by the misunderstandings of the day, not understanding the cause of the number of beatings he receives, nor for that matter why he finds himself tied up as a madman. He is freed when Antipholus (of Ephesus) chews through their ropes, and they join to torment the exorcist, Dromio pricking him with a pair of scissors. From here on he no longer considers himself to be bound to Antipholus of Ephesus, merely to be his servant. He is charmed to meet his brother, delicately complimenting him and insisting that they be equals.

 

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