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Who chooseth me, shall have as much as he deserves. Salan. Let me say amen betimes, lest the devil cross
Did I deserve no more than a fool's head ?

my prayer; for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.-
Is that my prize? are my deserts no better?
Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices,

Enter SHYLOCK. And of opposed natures.

How now, Shylock ? what news among the merchants ?
Ar. What is here?

Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as yon,
The fire seven times tried this;

of my daughter's flight.
Seven times tried that judgement is,

Salar. That's certain; I, for my part, knew the tailor
That did never choose amiss:

that made the wings she flew withal.
Some therebe, that shadows kiss;

Salan. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird
Such hive but a shadow's bliss :

was fledg’d; and then it is the complexion of them all

to leave the dam.
There be fools alive, I wis,
Silver'd o'er; and so was this.

Shy. She is damn’d forit.
Take what wife yau will to bed,

Salar. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
I will ever be your head:

Shy. My own flesh and blood to rebel!

Salan. Out upou it, old carrion! rebels it at these
So begone, sır, you are sped.

years? Still more fool I shall appear

Shy. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.
By the time I linger here :
Salar. There is more difference between thy flesh and

1 With one fool's head I came to woo,

hers, than between jet and ivory: more between your But I go away with two.-

bloods, than there is between red wine and rhenishSweet, adieu! I'll keep my oath, But tellus, do you hear, whether Antonio have had any

ici Patiently to bear my wroth. loss at sea, or no?

2 Exeunt Arragan, and Train. Shy. There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, Por. Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth. a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the RialOthese deliberate fools! when they do choose,

a beggar, that used to come so smug upon the They have the wisdom by their wit to lose. mart; – let him look to this bond: he was wont to call

$ Ner. The ancient saying is no heresy;

we usurer;
- let him look to his bond ; he was wont to

1 Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.

lend money for a Christian courtesy;--let him look to Por. Come, draw the curtain, Nerissa!

his bond!

Salar.Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt no take
Enter a Servant.

his flesh; what's that good for? Serv. Where is my lady?

ba Shy. To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, Por. Here; what would my lord?

it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and Serv, Madam, there is alighted at your gate hindered me of half a million; laughed at my losses, A young Venetian, one, that comes before mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my

1 To signify the approaching of his lord :

bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; From whom he bringeth sensible regrets;

and what's his reason? I am a Jew: hath not a Jew eyes? To wit, besides commends, and courteous breath, hatlı not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, Gifts of rich value; yet I have not seen

affections, passions ? fed with the same food, hurt So likely an embassador of love:

with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, A day in April never came so sweet,

healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the To show how costly summer was at hand,

same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.

us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? Por. No more, I pray thec; I am half afeard, if you poison us, do we not die? and, if you wrong us, Thou wilt say anon, he is some kin to thee,

shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.- will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, Come, come, Nerissa; for I long to see

what is his humility? revenge : if a Christian wrong a Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian examNer. Bassanio, lord Love, if thy will it be? (Exeunt. ple? why, revenge. The villainy, you teach me, I will

execute; andit shall go hard, but I will better the in

SCENEI.- Venice. A streeta

Enter a Serrant.
Enter Salario and SALARIN

Serv. Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house, Salan. Now, what news on the Rialto ?

and desires to speak with you both. Salar. Why, yet it lives there uncheck’d, that Anto- Sular. We have been up and down to seek him. nio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the seas: the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very

Enter TUBAL. dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcases of many a Salan. Here comes another of the tribe; a third tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip report be cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew. an honest woman of her word.

[Exeunt Salan. Salar. and Servant. Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, as Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa? hast ever knapp'd ginger, or made her neighbours believe thou found my daughter? she wept for the death of a third husband: but it is Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cantrue--without any slips of prolixity, or crossing the not find her. plain high-way of talk,--that the good Antonio, the Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond honest Antonio,---- that I had a title good enough gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The to keep his name company !-

curse never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt Salur. Come, the full stop !

it till now:--two thousand ducats in that; and other Salan. Ha --what say'st thou?--Why, the end is, precious, precious jewels

. - I would, my daughter he hath lost a ship!

were dead at my foot and the jewels in her ear! 'would Sular. I would it might prove the end of his losses ! she were hears’d at my foot, and the ducats in her




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coffin! No news of them?- Why, so :-and-and l Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love:
know not what's spent in the search : why, thou There may as well be amity and life
loss upon loss! the thief gone with so much, and so 'Tween snow and fire, as treason and love.
much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no re Por. Ay, but I fear, you speak upon the rack,
renge: nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my Where men enforced do speak any thing
shoulders; no sighs, but o' my breathing; no tears, Bass. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
but o' my shedding.

Por. Well then, confess, and live,
Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Antonio, as Bass. Confess, and love,
I heard in Genoa, —

Had been the very sum of my confession:
Shy. What, what, what? illlack, ill luck? O happy torment, when my torturer
Tub. -hath an argosy cast away, coming from Tri- Doth teach me answer for deliverance !

But let me to my fortune and the caskets.
Shy.I thank God, I thank God!-Is it true? is it true? Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of them;
Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped If you do love me, you will find me out.
the wreck.

Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof!-
Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal. --Good news, good Let music sound, while he doth make his choice;
news: ha! ha-Where? in Genoa ?

Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one Fading in music: that the comparison night, fourscore ducats.

Maystand more proper, my eye shall be the stream Shy. Thou stick’st a dagger in me:- I shall never And wat’ry death-bed for him. He may win; see my gold again! Fourscore ducats at a sitting! And what is music then? then musicis fourscore ducats !

Even as the flourish, when true subjects bow Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my To a new-crowned monarch: such itis, company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but As are those dulcet sounds in break of day, break.

That creep into the dreaming bridegroom's ear, Shy. I am very glad ofit: I'll plague him ; I'll tor- And summon him to marriage. Now he goes, ture him; I am glad of it.

With no less presence, but with much more love, Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of Than young Alcides, when he did redeem your daughter for a monkey.

The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy
Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: it To the sea-monster : I stand for sacrifice,
was my turquoise; I bad it of Leah, when I was a The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives,
bachelor: I would not have given it for a wilderness With bleared visages, come forth to view
of monkies.

The issue of the exploit. Go, Hercules !
Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone.

Live thou, I live:-with much much more dismay
Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true! Go, Tubal, I view the fight, than thou that mak'st the fray.
fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before: I
will have the heart of him, if he forfeito; for were he Music, whilst Bassario comments on the Caskets to
out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I will: go,

go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; go, good

Tubal; at our synagogue, Tubal. (Exeunt.

1. Tell me, where is fancy bred,

Or in the heart, or in the head?
SCENE II.-Belmont. A room in Portia's house.
Enter Bassanio, Portia, Gratiano, Nerissa, and Reply.

How begot, how nourished?
Attendants. The Caskets are set out.

2. It is engender'd in the eyes,
Por. I pray you, tarry, pause a day or two,

With gazing fed; and fancy dies
Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong,

In the cradle where it lies.
I lose your company; therefore forbear a while!

Let us all ring

fancy's knell ;
There's something tells me, (but it is not love)
I would not lose yon; and you know yourself,

Pll begin it, - Dingdong, bell.

Hate counsels not in such a quality:

Ding, dong, bell.
Butlest you should not understand me well,



the outward shows be least themselves;
(And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thought,) The world is still deceiv'd with ornament.
I would detain you here some month or two,

In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
Before you venture for me. I could teach you, But, being season'd with a gracious voice,
How to choose right, but then I am forsworn;

Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
So will I never be: so may you miss me:

What damned error, but some sober brow
But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin,

Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
That I had been forsworn. Beshrew your eyes, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
They have o'er-look'd me, and divided me;

There is no vice so simple, but assumes
One half of me is yours, the other half yours,

Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours, How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false,
And so all yours: 0! these naughty times
Put bars between the owners and their rights;

As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins

The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars;
And so, though yours, not yours.-Proveit so, Who, inward search’d, have livers white as milk?
Let fortune go to hell for it, -not I.

And these assume but valour's excrement,
I speak too long; but'tis to peize the time;

To render them reduubted. Look on beauty,
Toeke it, and to draw it out in length,
To stay you from election.

And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight;

Which therein works a miracle in nature,
Bass. Let me choose;
For, as I am, I live upon the rack.

Making them lightest that wear most of it:

So are those crisped svaky golden locks,
Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio? then confess, Which makesuch wanton gambols with the wind,
What treason there is mingled with your love.

Upon supposed fairness, often known
Bass. None, but that ugły treason of mistrust,

To be the dowry of a second head,

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The scull that bred them, in tlie sepulchre.

Myself, and what is mine, to you and yours Thus ornament is but the guiled shore

Is now converted: but now I was the lord
To a most dangerous séa; the beauteous scarf Of this sair mansion, master of my servants,
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,

Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on This house, these servants, and this same myself,
To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy gold, Are yours, my lord; I give them with this ring;
llard food for Midas, I will none of thee:

Which when you part from, lose, or giveaway,
Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge Let it presage the ruin of your love,
'Tween man and inan: butthon, thou meagre lead, And be my’vantage to exclaim on you.
Which rather threatnest, than dost promise aught, Bass. Madam, you have bereft me of all words,
Thy plaiuness moves me more thau eloquence, Only my blood speaks to yon in my

veias : And here choose I: joy be the consequence!

And there is such confusion in my powers,
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air,

As, after some oration fairly spoke
As doubtful thoughts, and raslı-embrac'd despair, By a beloved prince, there doth appear
And shudd'ring fear, and green-ey'd jealousy. Among the buzzing pleased multitude;
O love, he moderate, allay thy ecstasy,

Where every something, being blent together,
In measure rain thyjoy, scant this excess;

Turns to a wild ofnothing, saveofjoy, I feel too much thy blessing, make it less,

Express'd, and not express'd. But when this ring
For fear I surfeit!

Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence;
Bass. Whatfied I here? [Opening the leaden casket. O, then be bold to say, Bassanio's dead.
Fair Pertia's counterfeit? What demi-god

Ner. My lord and lady, it is now our time,
Hath come so near creation! Move these eyes?

That have stood by, and seen our wisiies prosper, Or whether, riding on the balls of'mine,


o cry, good joy, good joy, my lord and lady! Seem tley in motion? Tiere are sever'd lips,

Gra: My lord Bassanio, and mny gentle lady, Parted with sugar breath; so sweet a bar

I wish you all the joy that you can wish;
Should sunder such sweet friends, Here in her hairs For I am sure, you can wish none from me:
The painter plays the spiders und hath woven And, when your honours mean to solemnize
A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men,

The bargain of your faith, I do beseech you,
Faster than gnats in cobwebs. But her eyes, - Even at that time I may be married too.
How could he see to do them? having made one, Bass. With all my heart, so thou canst get a wife.
Metlinks, it should have power to steal both his, Gra. I thank your lordship; you have got me one.
And leave itself unfurnish'd. Yet look, how far My eyes, my lord, can look as swift as yours:
Thesubstance of my praisedoth wrong this shadow You saw the mistress, I beheld the maid;
In underprizing it, so far this shadow

You lov'd, I lov'd; for intermission
Dothlimp behind the substance.—Here's the scroll, No more pertains to me, my lord, than you.
The continent and sunmary of my fortune.

Your fortune stood upon the caskets there;

And so did mine too, as the matter falls:
You that cho ose not by the view,

For wooing here, until I sweat again;
Chance as fair, and choose as true!

And swearing, till my very roof was dry
Since this fortune falls to you,

With oaths of love; at last,-if promise last, -
Be content, and seek no new!

I got a promise of this fair one here,
If you be well pleas'd with this,
And hold your fortune for your bliss,

To have her love, provided that your fortune

Achiev'd her mistress.
Turn you where your lady is

Por. Is this true, Nerissa?
And claim her with a loving kiss.

Ner. Madam, it is, so you stand pleas'd withal.
A gentle scroll;—fair lady,by your leave;[Kissing her. Bass. And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith?
I come by note, to give, and to receive.

Gra. Yes, 'faith,


lord. Like one of two contending in a prize,

Bass, Our feast shall be much honoured in your mar-
That thinks he hath done well in people's eyes, riage.
Hearing applause, and universal shout,

Gra. We'll play with them, the first boy for a thou-
Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt

sand ducats, Whether those peals of praise be his or 10;

Ner. What, and stake down? So, thrice fair lady, stand I, even so;

Gra. No; we shall ne'er win at that sport, and stake As doubtful whether, what I see be true,

down), Until confirm'd, sigu'd, ratihed by you.

But who comes here? Lorenzo, and his infidel?
Por. You see me, lord Bassanio, wherelstand,

old Venetian friend, Salerio ?
Such as I am: though, for myself alone,
I would not be ambitious in my wish,

Enter LORENZO, Jessica, and SALERIO. To wish myself much better; yet, for you,

Bass. Lorenzo, and Salerio, welcome hither;
I would be trebled twenty times mysell';

If that the youth of riy new interest here
A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times Have power to bid you welcome. – By your leave,
More rich:

Ubid my very friends and countrymen,
That only to stand high on your account,

Sweet Portia, welcome. I might in virtues, beauties, livings, friends,

Por. Sodol, my lord;
Exceed account: but the full som of me

They are entirely welcome.
Is sum of something; which, to term in gross, Lor. I thank your honour. --For my part, my lord,
Is an unlesson'd girl, unschoold, unpractis'd: My purpose was not to have seen you here;
Happy in this, she is not yet so old

But meeting with Salerio by the way,
But she may learn; and happier than this,

He did entreat me, past all sayiug nay, She is not bred so dull but she can learn;

To come with him along. Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit

Sale. I did, my lord, Commits itself to yours to be directed,

And I have reason for it. Signior Antonio As from her lord, her governor, her king.

Commends him to you.

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(Gives Bassanio a letter

Bass. Ere I ope his letter,

Before a friend of this description
I pray yon, tell me, how my good friend doth.

Shall lose a hair through Bassanio's fault.
Sale. Not sick, my lord, unless it be in mind; Tirst, go with me to church, and call me wife:
Nor well, unless in mind : his letter there

And then away to Venice to your friend !
Will show you his estate.

For never shall you lie by Portia's side
Gra. Ncrissa, cheer yon’stranger; bid her welcome.- With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold
Your hand, Salerio; what's the news from Venice? To pay the petty debt twenty times over;
How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio ? When it is paid, bring your true friend along:
I know, he will be glad of our success;

My maid Nerissa, and myself, mean time,
We are the Jasons, we have won the fleece.

Will live as maids and widows. Come, away;
Sale.'Would you had won the fleece that he hath lost! For you shall hence upon your wedding-day:
Por. There are some shrewd contents in yon' same Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheer;

Since you are dear-bouglit, I will love you dear.
That'steal the colour from Bassanio's cheek:

But let me hear the letter of your friend.
Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world Bass. [Reads.] Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all
Could turn so much the constitution

miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is Ofany constant man. What, worse and worse? very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since, in With leave, Bassanio; I am half yourself,

paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are And I must freely have the half of any thing,

cleared beiween you and I, if I might but see you at That this same paper brings yon.

my death; notwithstanding, use your pleasure: if Bass. 0, sweet Portia,

your love do not persuade you to come, let not my Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words,

letter. That ever blotted paper! Gentle lady,

Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone! When I did first impart my love to you,

Bass. Since I have your good leave to go away,
Ifreely told you, all the wealth I had,

I will make haste: but, till I come again,
Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman;

No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,
And then i told you true: and yet, dear lady,

No rest beinterposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt.
Rating myself'at nothing, you shall see,

SCENE III.-Venice. A street.
How much I was a braggart. When I told yon

Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, Antonio, and Gaoler.
My state was nothing, I should then liave told you, Shy. Gaoler, look to him ;- tell not me of mercy; -
That I was worse than nothing; for, indeed,

This is the fool that lentout money gratis ;-
I have engag'd myself to a dear friend,

Gaoler, look to him.
Engag'd my friend to his mere eneny,

Ant. Hear me yet, good Shylock !
To feed my means. Here is a letter, lady;

Shy. I'll have my bond ; speak not against my bond;
The paper as the body of my friend,

I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond:
And every word in it a gapiug wound,

Thou call'dst me dog before thou had'sta cause:
Issuing life-blood. But it is true, Salerio?

But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs!
Have all his ventures failed ?--What, not one hit? The duke shall grant me justice.-I do wonder,
From Tripolis, from Mexico, and England, Thou nanghty gaoler, that thou art so fond,
From Lisbon, Barbary, and India ?

To come abroad with him at his request !
And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch

Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak!
Of merchant-marring rocks?

Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak:
Sale. Not ore, my lord.

I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more!
Besides, it should appear, that if he had

I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool,
The present money to discharge the Jew,

To shake the head, relent, and sigh, aud yield
He would not take it. Never did I know

To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
A creature, that did bear the shape of man,

I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond.
So keen and greedy to confound a man:

[Exit Shylock. Heplies the duke at morning, and at night;

Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur,
And doth impeach the freedom of the state,

That ever kept with men.
If they deny him justice: twenty merchants,

Ant. Let him alone;
The duke himself, and the magnificoes

I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
of greatest port, have all persuaded with him; He seeks my life; his reason well I know;
But none can drive him from the envious plea

I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
Of forfeiture, of justice, and his bond.

Many, that have at times made moan to me;
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him swear,

Therefore he hates me.
To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen,

Salan, I am sure, the duke
That he would rather have Antonio's flesh,

Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Than twenty times the value of the sum

Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law;
That he did owe him: and I know, my lord,

For the commodity that strangers have
If law, authority, and power deny not,

With us in Venice, ifit be denied,
It will go hard with poor Antonio.

Will much impeach the justice of the state;
Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in trouble? Since that the trade and profit of the city
Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man, Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
The best condition’d and unwearied spirit

These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,
In doing courtesies; and one, in whom

That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
Theancient Roman honour more appears,

To-morrow to my bloody creditor.-
Than any that draws breath in Italy.
Por. What sum owes hethe Jew?

Well gaoler, on !--- Pray God, Bassanio come

To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! (Exeunt. Bass. For me, three thousand ducats.

SCENE IV.-Belmont. A room in Portia's house. Por.' What, no more?

Enter Portia, Nerissa, LORENZO, Jessica, and
Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond;

Double six thousand, and then treble that,

Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,

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[Act III. You have a noble and a true conceit

Il could not do with all;-then I'll repent,
Of god-like amity; which appears most strongly And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them:
In bearing thus the absence of your lord.

And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,
But, if you knew to whom you show this honour, That men shall swear, I have discontinued school
How true a gentleman you send relief,

Above a twelvemonth. --I have within my mind
How dear a lover of my lord your husband,

A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks, I know, you would be prouder of the work,

Which I will practise.
Than customary bounty can enforce you.

Ner. Why, shall we turn to men?
Por. I never did repeutfor doing good,

Por, Fie! what a question's that,
Nor shall not now: for in companions,

Ifthou wert near a lewd interpreter?
That do converse and waste the time together, But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device,
Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,

When I am in my coach, which stays for us
There must be needs a like proportion

At the park gate; and therefore haste away, Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit;

For we must measure twenty miles to-day. [Exeunt. Which makes me think, that this Antonio, Being the lover of my lord,

SCENE V.--The same. A garden. Must needs be like my lord. Ifit beso,

Enter LAUNCELOT and Jessica. Howlittle is the cost i have bestow'd,

Laun. Yes, truly:-for, look you, the sins of the Io purchasing this semblance of my soul

father are to be laid upon the children; therefore, I From out the state of hellish cruelty!

promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with you, This comes too near the praising of'myself;

and so now I speak my agitation of the matter: thereTherefore, no more of it: hear other things! fore, be of good cheer; for, truly, I think, you are Lorenzo, I commit into your hands

damned. There is but one hope in it that can do any The husbandry and manage of my house,

good; and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither. Until my lord's return: for mine own part,

Jess. And what hope is that, I pray thee? I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow,

Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your father To live in prayer and comtemplation,

got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter. Quly attended by Nerissa here,

Jess. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; so Until her husband and my lord's return:

the sins of my mother should be visited upon me. There is a monastery two miles off,

Laun. Truly then I fear you are damned both by faAnd there we will abide. I do desire you,

ther and mother: thus when I shun Scylla, your father, Not to deny this imposition;

I fall into Charybdis, your mother: well, you are gone The which my love, and some necessity,


ways. Now lays upon you.

Jess. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made Lor, Madam, with all my heart;

me a Christian. I shall obey you in all fair commands.

Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were ChriPor. My people do already know my mind,

stians enough before; e'en as many as could well live, And will ackuowledge you and Jessica

one by another: this making of Christians will raise In place of lord Bassanio and myself.

the price of hogs; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we So fare you well, till we shall meet again.

shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money. Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on you! Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content.

Enter LORE820, Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleas'd Jess. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say; To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica !

here he comes. (Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo. Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, Now, Balthazar,


you thus get my wife into corners. As I have ever found thee honest, true,

Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Launcelot So let me find thee still: take this same letter, and I are out: he tells me flatly, there is no mercy for And use thou all the endeavour of a man,

me in heaven, because I am a Jew's daughter: and he In speed to Padua; see thou render this

says, you are no good member of the commonwealth; Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario;

for, in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the And, look, what notes and garments he doth girethee, priceof pork. Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin’d speed

Lor. I shall answer that better to the commonwealth
Unto the tranect, to the common ferry,

than you can the getting up of the negro's belly; the
Which trades to Venice:-waste no time in words, Moor is with child by you, Lanncelot.
But getthee goue; I shall be there before thee. Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more than
Balth. Madan, I go with all convenient speed. (Exit. reason: but if she be less than an honest woman, she

Por. Come on, Nerissa; I have workin hand, is, indeed, more than I took her for.
That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands, Lor. How every fool can play upon the word! I think,
Before they think of us,

the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence;
Ner. Shall they see us ?

and discourse grow commendable in none only but Por. They shall, Nerissa; butin such a habit, parrots.-Goin, sirrah; bid them prepare for dinner. That they shall think, we are accomplished

Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stomachs.
With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager, Lord. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you! then
When we are both accouter'd like yonng men, bid them prepare dinner.
I'll prove the prettiet fellow ofthe two,

Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the word.
And wear my dagger with the braver grace;

Lor. Will you cover then, sir?
And speak, between the change of man and boy, Laun. Not so, sir, neither; I know my duty.
With a reed voice; and turo two minciog steps Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion!
Into a manly stride; and speak of frays,

Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an io-
Like a fine bragging youth and tell quaint lies, start? I pray thee, understand a plain man in his plain
How honourable ladies sought my love,

meaning: go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, Which I denying, they fell sick and died;

serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.

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