"We'll Pluck A Crow Together"

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Last Updated on May 10, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 194

Context: In the street in front of his house in Ephesus Antipholus loudly demands admittance for himself, his friends Angelo and Balthazar, and his servant Dromio. Antipholus does not know that his shipwrecked twin brother, Antipholus, reared in the enemy city of Syracuse, accompanied by his servant, Dromio of Syracuse (twin of Dromio of Ephesus), has come to Ephesus to search for, his long-lost brother, and that Adriana, his wife, has discovered her husband's twin at an inn and has angrily brought him home to dinner, assuming him to be her husband. In a comical dialogue filled with double meanings Antipholus of Ephesus calls for a crowbar to gain admittance to his own home.

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DROMIO OF EPHESUS
. . . I pray thee let me in.
DROMIO OF SYRACUSE [within]
Ay, when fowls have no feathers, and fish have no fin.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
Well, I'll break in. Go borrow me a crow.
DROMIO OF EPHESUS
A crow without feather, master, mean you so?
For a fish without a fin, there's a fowl without a feather.
If a crow help us in sirrah, we'll pluck a crow together.
ANTIPHOLUS OF EPHESUS
Go get thee gone; fetch me an iron crow.

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