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SCENE III.

Salan,

I am sure, the duke
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.

Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law.
For the commodity that strangers bave
With us in Venice, if it he denied,
Will much impeach the justice of the state;
Since that the trade and profit of the city
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
Well, gaoler, on:--Pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay this debt, and then I care pot!

(Ereunt.

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SCENE IV.

Belinont. A room in Portia's house,

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Enter Portia, Nerissa, Lorenzo, Jessica, and Bal.

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Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
You have a noble and a true conceit:
Of god-like amity; which appears most, strongly
In bearing thus the absence of your lord.
But, if you knew to whom you show this honour,
How true a gentleman you send relief,
How dear a lover of my lord your busband,
I know, you would be prouder of the wors,
Than customary bounty can enforce you.

Por. I never did repent for doing good,
Nor shall not now: for iv companions
That do converse and waste the time together,
Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,
There must be needs a like proportion
Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit;
Which makes me think, that this Antonio,

most impenetrable cur, а mea.

Let him alone, ore with bootless prayers, s reason well I know; is forfeitures Des made moan to me

Foolish.

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Being the bosom lover of my lord,
Must needs be like my lord: If it be so,
How little is the cost I have bestow'd,
In purchasing the semblance of my soul
From out the state of hellish cruelty?
This coines too near the praising of myself;
Therefore no more of it: hear other things
Lorenzo, I commit into your hands
The husbandry and manage of my house,
Until lord's return; for mine own part,
I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow,
To live in prayer and contemplation,
Only attended by Nerissa here,
Until her husband and my lord's return:
There is a mouastery two miles off,
And there we will abide. I do desire you,
Not to deny this imposition;
The wliich my love, and some necessity,
Now lays upon you.
Lor.

heart;

Madam, with all I shall obey you in all fair commands.

Por. My people do already know my mind, And will acknowledge you and Jessica In place of lord Bassanio apd myself. So fare you well, till we shall meet again. Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on

you. Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well

pleas'd To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica.

my

[Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo.

Now, Balthazar,
As I have ever found thee honest, true,
So let me find thee still: Take this same letter,
And use thou all the endeavour of a man,
In speed to Padua; see thou render this
Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario;
And, look, what notes and garments he doth give

thee,

MERCHANT OF

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Imposition;
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Bring them, I pray thee, with imagin’d speed
Unto the tranect, to the common ferry
Which trades to Venice waste no time in words,
But get thee gone; I shall be there before thee,
Balth. Madam, I go with all couvenient speed.

[Exit.
Por. Come on, Nerissa; I have work in hand,
That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands,
Before they think of us.
Ner.

Shall they see us?
Por. They shall, Nerissa; but in such a habit,
That they shall think we are accomplished
With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager,
When we are both accouter'd like young men,
I'll prove the pretlier fellow of the two,
And wear my dagger with the braver grace;
And speak, between the change of man and boy,
With a reed voice; and turn two mincing steps
Into a mauly stride; and speak of frays,
Like a fine bragging youth: and tell quaint lies,
How honourable ladies sought my love,
Which 1 denying, they fell sick and died;
I could not do with all;then I'll repent,
And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them:
And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,
That men shall swear I have discontinued school
Above a twelvemonth:-I have within my mind
A thousaod raw tricks of these bragging Jacks,
Which I will practise.
Ner.

Why, shall we turn to men?
Por. Fy! what a question's that,
If thou wert near a lewd interpreter?
But come, I'll tell thee all my wliole device
When I am in my coach, which stays for us
At the park gate; and therefore haste away,
For we must measure twenty miles to-day.

(Eseunt.

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Laun. Yes, truly:-for, look you, the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children: therefore, I promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with you, and so pow I speak my agitation of the mat: ter: Therefore, be of good cheer; for, truly, I think, you are damn'd. There is but one hope in it that can do you any good; and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither.

Jes. And what hope is that, I pray thee?

Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your father got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter.

Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; so the sins of my mother should be visited upon me.

Laun. Truly then I fear you are damo'd both by father and mother: thus when I shun Scylla

, your father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother: well, you are gone both ways.

Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made me a Christian.

Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were well live, one by another: This making of Christians Christians enough before; e'en as many as could will raise the price of hogs; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher op

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Enter Lorenzo. Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say; here he comes,

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Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, if you thus get my wife into corners.

Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Launce. lot and I are out: he tells me flatly, there is no mercy for me in heaven, because I am a Jew's daughter: and he says, you are no good member of the commouwealth; for, in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the price of pork.

Lor. I shall apswer that better to the common wealth, than you can the getting up of the negro's belly: the Moor is with child by you,

Launcelot. Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more than reason ; but if she be less than an honest woman, she is, indeed, more than I took her for,

Lor. How every fool can play upon the word! I think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence; and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots._Goib, sirrah; bid them pre. pare for dinner.

Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stomacbs.

Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-svapper are you ! then bid them prepare dinner.

Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the word.

Lor, Will you cover then, sir?
Laun. Not so, sir, neither; I know my duty.

Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion! Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant? I pray, thee, understand a plain man in his plain meaning: go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.

Laun. For the table, sir, it shall be served in; for the meat, sir, it shall be covered; for your coming in to dinner, sir, why, let it be as humours and conceits shall govern.

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