Ultimately, he's one of my favorite Shakespearean characters. A Comedy of Errors is up there among Much Ado about Nothing and Twelfth Night in my favorite Shakespeares.
And I get to do his monologue as I audition at Much Ado about Nothing at a local theatre in November.
I’m very excited! As difficult as the monologue is, it’s funny,and I think I can evoke some laughs from the people! Cross my fingers!
Now, the real thing!!
ACT II SCENE I
I mean not cuckold-mad;
But, sure, he is stark mad.
When I desired him to come home to dinner,
He ask’d me for a thousand marks in gold:
”Tis dinner-time,’ quoth I; ‘My gold!’ quoth he;
‘Your meat doth burn,’ quoth I; ‘My gold!’ quoth he:
‘Will you come home?’ quoth I; ‘My gold!’ quoth he.
‘Where is the thousand marks I gave thee, villain?’
‘The pig,’ quoth I, ‘is burn’d;’ ‘My gold!’ quoth he:
‘My mistress, sir’ quoth I; ‘Hang up thy mistress!
I know not thy mistress; out on thy mistress!