The Comedy of Errors - Act 1, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

The scene opens in a hall in the palace of Solinus, Duke of Ephesus. Egion, a merchant of Syracuse has been brought before the Duke to plead his case. The Duke explains that although he has no personal dispute with Egion, he must abide by the laws of his country, which require that Egion must either pay a hefty fine or be executed. In Syracuse, harsh laws have been enacted against the merchants of Ephesus. Ephesus has been forced to enact similar laws in recompense. Therefore, although he pities Egion's misfortune, the Duke has no choice but to enforce the law, which condemns Egion to death.

Egion tells the duke that he is comforted that execution will put an end to his troubles. The Duke wishes to know why Egion has risked his life by coming to Ephesus. Egion explains that he has not come...

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