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The husbandry and manage of my house,
Lor. Madam, with all my heart;
Por. My people do already know my mind,
Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy words, attend on
Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content.
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleased To wish it back on you : fare you well, Jessica.
[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 be doth give thee, 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,
I shall be there before thee.
[Erit. Por. Come on, Nerissa; I have work on 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,
Ner. Why, shall we turn to men?
Por. Fye! what a question's that,
At the park gate; and therefore haste away,
SCENE V.-The same.
Enter LAUNCELOT and JESSICA. 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 now I speak my agitation of the matter : Therefore, be of good cheer ; for, truly, I think, you are damned. 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 damned 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 Christians enough before; e'en as many as could well live, one by another: This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs ; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money.
Enter LORENZO. Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say ; here he comes.
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; Launcelot 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 commonwealth; for, in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the price of pork.
Lor. I shall answer that better to the commonwealth, 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 turn into silence; and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots.-Go in, sirrah ; bid them prepare for dinner.
Laun. That is done, sir ; they have all stomachs.
Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you! then bid them prepare dinner.
Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the word.
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
Jes. Past all expressing : It is very meet,
Lor. Even such a husband
Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that.