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It is almost morning,
Gra. Let it be so: The first intergatory,
Of the Merchant of Venice the style is even and easy, with few peculiarities of diction, or anomalies of construction. The comic part raises laughter, and the serious fixes expectation. The probability of either one or the other story cannot be maintained. The union of two actions in one event is in this drama eminently happy. Dryden was much pleased with his own address in connecting the two plots of his Spanish Friar, which yet, I believe, the critic will find excelled by this play.
Duke, living in exile.
As I rer
servants to Oliver.
bequeathe crowns; a on his bles my sadnes and repor part, he k more prop call you that diffe horses ar fair with nage, and his brothe for the wh much bous he so plen
S; pages, foresters,
Lords belonging to the two Dukes; pages, Jor
and other attendants. The Scene lies, first, near Oliver's house; afte
wards, partly in the usurper's court, and par ly in the forest of Arden.
SCENE I. An orchard, near Oliver's house.
fronte to Olicer.
Enter Orlando and Adam.
Orlando. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor thousand crowns; and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school. and report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more properly, stays me here at home unkept: For call you that keeping for a gentlemap of my birth, that differs not from the stalling of an ox? His horses are bred better; for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they are taught their mua. nage, and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the which his animals on his dung-hills are as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that' he so plentifully gives me, the something that na.