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Character Summary


Egeon: a merchant of Syracuse who has lost his wife, Aemilia, and twin sons and is condemned to die for encroaching on Ephesus

Solinus: the Duke of Ephesus who temporarily commutes Egeon’s death sentence out of sympathy for his plight

First Merchant of Ephesus: the merchant who advises Antipholus of Syracuse to pretend that he’s a native of Epidamium to avoid having his merchandise confiscated and his life forfeited

Antipholus of Syracuse: the younger twin brother who is seeking the whereabouts of his lost mother and older brother

Dromio of Syracuse: Antipholus of Syracuse’s servant

Dromio of Ephesus: servant of Antipholus of Ephesus whom Antipholus of Syracuse mistakes for his own servant

Adriana: Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife who suspects her husband of dallying with other women

Luciana: Adriana’s unwed sister who is courted by Antipholus of Syracuse

Antipholus of Ephesus: the lost twin brother who has made Ephesus his home and who is married to Adriana

Balthazar: a merchant who advises Antipholus of Ephesus to refrain from breaking in to his own house

Luce: Adriana’s servant who is also known as Nell

Angelo: a goldsmith who makes a chain for Adriana on Antipholus of Ephesus’s behalf

Second Merchant of Ephesus: the merchant to whom Angelo, the goldsmith, is indebted to

Officer: officer who arrests Antipholus of Ephesus at Angelo’s behest

Courtezan: the hostess of the Porpentine on whom Antipholus of Ephesus, to get back at his wife for locking him out of his own house, bestows favors

Doctor Pinch: a psychiatrist hired by Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife Adriana to treat her husband

Aemilia: wife of Egeon and abbess at Ephesus 

William Shakespeare