Last Updated on May 10, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 192
Context: This is one of Shakespeare's most bizarre and incredible comedies. Egeon, an old merchant from Syracuse, and his wife Aemilia had twin sons, both named Antipholus and provided with twin slaves, both named Dromio. Because of a shipwreck, the members are separated, Egeon taking with him to Syracuse a son (Antipholus of Syracuse) and one Dromio, Aemilia taking with her to Ephesus one Antipholus (Antipholus of Ephesus) and one Dromio. The comedy of errors results when the Syracusan son is summoned home by Dromio of Ephesus. He is assumed by his brother's wife to be her husband. When the real husband reaches home, he is denied admittance because presumably he is already inside. After repeatedly explaining his identity and repeatedly being denied admittance, Antipholus of Ephesus observes that there is something wrong which prevents their getting into the house:
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
There is something in the wind, that we cannot get in.
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
You would say so master, if your garments were thin.
Your cake there is warm within; you stand here in the cold.
It would make a man mad as a buck to be so bought and sold.