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The Comedy of Errors | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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The Comedy of Errors | Characters

Character Description
Antipholus of Syracuse Antipholus of Syracuse is a young merchant born in Epidamium and raised in Syracuse who journeys to Ephesus seeking his long-lost twin. Read More
Antipholus of Ephesus Antipholus of Ephesus, a young merchant born in Epidamium but taken to Corinth in infancy, later moved to Ephesus, where he now resides. He has no idea he has a twin brother. Read More
Dromio of Syracuse Dromio of Syracuse, servant to Antipholus of Syracuse, is witty, superstitious, and a bit of a coward. Read More
Dromio of Ephesus Dromio of Ephesus, servant to Antipholus of Ephesus, is clever and sarcastic to a fault. Read More
Egeon Egeon, an older Syracusian merchant, seeks his lost son in Ephesus. Read More
Adriana Adriana is the jealous, worried wife of Antipholus of Ephesus. Read More
Emilia Emilia is a Syracusian woman who retired to a cloistered life in Ephesus after losing her sons and husband in a shipwreck; she is called Lady Abbess or just abbess before her identity is revealed. Read More
Angelo Angelo the goldsmith, from Ephesus, sells a costly gold chain to Antipholus of Ephesus.
Balthasar Balthasar the Merchant, friend of Antipholus of Ephesus, acts as a voice of reason when Antipholus starts to behave rashly, threatening to break down the door to his house.
Courtesan The courtesan, who is a companion, hostess, and entertainer to the Ephesian merchant class, exchanges love tokens with Antipholus of Ephesus.
Duke The duke, who is the ruler of Ephesus, tries to be fair while upholding the city's ruthless laws; he is also called Solinus in dialogue.
First merchant The first merchant is an Ephesian businessman who greets Antipholus of Syracuse at the beginning of the play, and warns him about the ban on Syracusian visitors to Ephesus.
Luce Luce, Adriana's cook who is betrothed to Dromio of Ephesus, is witty and spirited but mocked by other characters because of her size; she is also called Nell.
Luciana Luciana is Adriana's sister, housemate, and confidante; single and loving it.
Messenger The messenger, servant to Antipholus of Ephesus and Adriana, appears once in the final scene to announce Antipholus's escape from jail.
Officer The officer is a policeman and jail keeper who serves the duke; he is called Jailer in some lines.
Pinch Pinch the schoolmaster is also a doctor, aka part-time exorcist, who tries to help Adriana by conjuring the "devil" out of Antipholus of Ephesus.
Second merchant The second merchant, whom Angelo the goldsmith owes money, demands payment before he leaves Ephesus on his next business venture.
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