The Comedy of Errors: Novel Summary: Act 4 Scene 2

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Act 4 Scene 2

Summary
Luciana is telling Adriana about the romantic advances made to her by the man they believe to be Adriana's husband. Adriana curses him, calling him deformed, ugly and unkind, but admits that she still feels some love for him.
Dromio S. rushes in with the news that Antipholus E. has been arrested for unpaid debt and needs money to buy his way out of jail. Adriana sends Luciana to fetch it, gives it to Dromio S. and asks him to hurry back with her husband.
Analysis
Adriana, dubbed a mere 'shrew' by some critics in the past, shows herself to be a more complex character. She is able to curse her husband bitterly but then admit to still loving him almost in the same breath - and sends the money he asks for without a second thought. Her essential good nature is, of course, a convention of comedy, where negative emotions are generally transient and soon give way to love and forgiveness.

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