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It is almost morning,
And yet, I am sure, you are not satisfied
Of these events at full: Let us go in;
And charge us there upon intergatories,
And we will answer all things faithfully.

Gra. Let it be so: The first intergatory,
That my Nerissa shall be sworn on, is,
Whether till the next night she had rather stay;
Or go to bed now, being two hours to-day:
But were the day come, I should wish it dark,
That I were couching with the doctor's clerk.
Well, while I live, I'll fear no other thing
So sore, as keepivg safe Nerissa's riug. (Exeunt.

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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.


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Duke, living in exile.
Frederick, brother to the Duke, and usurper v.

his dominions.
Amiens, 2 lords attending upon the Duke in hu
Jaques, S

Le Beau, a courtier attending upon Frederick.
Charles, his wrestler.
Jaques, I sons of sir Rowland de Bois.


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servants to Oliver.
Touchstone, a clown.
Sir Oliver Mar-text, u vicar.
Coriu, shepherds.
Sylvius, S
William, a country fellow, in love with duatayo
A person representing Hymen.
Rosalind, daughter to the banished Duke.
Celia, daughter to Frederick.
Phebe, a shepherdess.
Audrey, a country wench.

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.

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SCENE I. An orchard, near Oliver's house.

fronte to Olicer.

Enter Orlando and Adam.

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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.

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