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dia you say' ? My dear brother in affliction', make me your confidant.
Capt. Eth. I intended to do só, or I should not have originated the subject. My father brought up the daughter of our steward, Bargrové, with my sister Agnes. I have therefore known Lucy from her infancy", and ought I to be ashamed to say how much I am in love with her' ?
Capt. Mer. Etheridgè, this is a point on which', I am afraid' my advice would not be well received.
Capt. Eth. Of course you would imply that she must be renounced'.
Capt. Mer. Most assuredly'; that is my opinion on a firs view of the case. You have your father's' example.
Capt. Eth. I havè, but still there are many points in my favor. Bargrove is of a very old', though decayed family'; indeed', much more ancient than our own.
Capt. Mer. I grant you, there is one difficulty removed. But still your relative position. He is now your father's steward.
Capt. Eth. That is certainly a great obstacle; but on the other hand, she has really been well educated.
Capt. Mer. Another point in your favor', I grant.
Capt. Mer. As your father thought your mother'—perfection'. Recollect, thē sõft pāw of thē cāt conceals the talons.
Capt. Eth. Judge for yourself when you see and converse with her. I presume I am to consider myself blind'. At all events', I have decided upon nothing'; and have neither by word' or deed', allowed her to suppose an attachment on my part: still it is a source of great anxiety. I almost wish that she were happily married'. By-the-by', my mother hates her.
Capt. Mer. That's not in your favor, though it is in her's. Capt. Eth. And
father dotes upon her. Capt. Mer. That's in favor of you both'. Capt. Eth. Now you have the whole story', you may
advise me as you please; but remember', I still preserve my veto.
Capt. Mer. My dear Etheridge, with your permission', I will not advise at all". Your father tried in the same lottery', and drew a blank'; you may gain the highest prize'; but my hopes with your sister render it a most delicate subject for my opinion. Your own good sense must guide you.
Capt. Eth. Unfortunately it often happens, that when a man takes his feelings for a guidé, he walks too fast for good sense to keep pace with him.
Capt. Mer. At all events be not precipitatè ; and do not
advance one stêp which', as a man of honor', you may not retrace.
Capt. Eth. I will not if I can help it. But here comes Mr. Harness.
LESSON L X X.
PORTIA -DISGUISED AS A DOCTOR OF LAWS.
Shylock' is my name.
Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law'
Do you confess the bond'?
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven',
Shy. My deed's upon my' head! I crave the law','
The penalty and forfeit' of my bond.
Yea', twice the sum : if that will not sufficé,
And curb this cruel devil of his will.
Can alter a decree established':
Will rush into the statě: it cannot bè.
O wisē young jūdgè, how do I honor thee !
pray you let me lôok upon the bond.
Shall I lay perjury upon my souľ ?
Nò, not for Venice.
Why', this bond is forfeit';
Take thrīcè thy money'; bid me tear' the bond
It doth appear, you are a worthy judgè;
To alter me: I stay hērè, on my bond'.
To give the judgment.
Why then', thus it is.
Hath full relation to the penalty',
Which here appeareth due upon the bond. Shy. 'Tis very true: 0 wise and upright judge !
And how much elder' art thou’ than thy looks! Por. Therefore, lay bare your
Ay, his breast',
says the bond';-Doth it noť, noble judge' ?Néarēst his heart'; those are the very
words'. Por. It is so. Is there balance heré, to weigh
The flesh'? Shy.
I have them ready:
To stop his wounds', lest he do bleed to death.
"Twere good you do so much' for chârity'.
friendo; And hē repents not that he pays your debt"; For if the Jew do cut but deep' enough',
I'll pay it instantly with all my heart.
pursue sentence. Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thinè;
The court awards it, and the law doth give it'. Shy. Most rightful judgè! Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast“;
The law allows it', and the court awards it'. Shy. Most learned judgé !-a sentence ; comè, prepare Por. Tarry a little ; there is something else.
This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;
Unto the state of Venice.
judge ! Shy. Is that the law? Por.
Thyself shalt see the act':
Thou shalt hạvè justicè, morè, than thou desir’st.
And let the Christian go. Bass.
Here is the
money. Por. Soft;
The Jew shall have all justice ;-soft' Sno hastè ;
He shall have nothing but the penalty:
Shed thou no blood'; nor cut thou less', nor morè,
Thou diest', and all thy goods are con fiscate'.
Now', infidel', I have thee on the hip'.
say ľ ; a second Daniel' !
To be so taken at thy peril', Jew'.
I'll stay no longer question.