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Before they think of us.

Ner. Shall they fee 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 apparell'd like young men,
I'll prove the prettier 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 manly stride ; and speak of frays,
Like a fine bragging youth ; and tell quaint lies,
How honourable ladies fought my love,
Which I denying, they fell fick and dy'd,
I could not do withalthen 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've discontinued school
Above a twelvemonth. I have in my mind
A thousand raw tricks of these bragging jacks,
Which I will practise.

Ner. Shall we turn to men ?

Por. Fie, what a question's that, If thou wert near a lewd Interpreter! But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device When I am in my coach, which stays for us At the park-gate ; and therefore hafte away, For we must measure twenty miles to-day. [Excunt.

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Lau. 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 : therefo e be of good cheer ; for truly, I think you are

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damn’d: there is but one hope in it that can do you any good, and that is but a kind of bastard hope nei, ther.

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

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

. That were a kind of baltard hope indeed. So the lins of my mother should be visited upon me.

Laun. Truly, then, I fear, you are damn’d both by father, and mother ; thus when you shun Scylla, your father, you 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 chriftians 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 rather on the coals for mony.

Enter Lorenzo.

Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say, Here he comes.

Lor. I Mall 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 heav'n, 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 fall answer that beter 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 honeit woman, the is indeed more than I took her for. Vol. I. Gg

Lor.

Lor. How every fool can play upon the word! | think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence, and discourse grow commendable in none but parrots. Go in, firsah, bid them prepare for dinner.

Laun. That is done, Sir; they have all stomachs.

Lor. Good lord! what a wit-snapper are you ! then bid them prepare dinner.

Laun. That is done too, Sir; only cover is the word.
Lor. Will you cover then, Şir?
Laun. Noe so, Sir, neither ; I know my duty.

Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion! wilt thou shew 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, ferve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.

Loun. For the table, Sir, ic shall be serv'd in; for the meat, Sir, it shall be covered : for your coming in to dinner, Sirs why, let it be as humours and conceits fhall govern.

[Exit. Laun. Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are suited !* The fool hath planted in his memory An army of good words ; and I do know A many fools that stand in better place, Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word Defy the matter. How far'st thou, Jesica? And now, good sweet, say thy opinion, How dost thou like the lord Beljania's wife?

Fef. Palt all expressing: it is very meet, The lord Balsanio live an upright life. For, having fuch a blessing in his lady, He finds the joys of heaven here on earth : And if on earth he do not merit it, In reason he Mould never come to heav'n. Why, if two Gods should play some heav'nly match, And on the wager lay two earthly women,

* How his words are suited.] independent of meaning; how I believe the meaning is.

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And Portia one, there must be something else
Pawn'd with the other; for the poor rude world
Hath not her fellow.

Lor. Ev'n such a husband
Halt thou of me, as she is for a wife.

Fef. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that.
Lor. I will anon. First let us go to dinner.
Jef. Nay, let me praise you, while I have a sto

mach.
Lor. No, pray thee, let it serve for table-talk;
Then, howsoe'er thou speak'st, 'mong other things,
I shall digest it.
Jef. Well, I'll set you forth.

[Exeunt,

A CT IV.

SC EN E I,

The Senate-bouse in Venice,

Enter the Duke, the Senators; Anthonio, Baffanio,

and Gratiano, at the Bar,

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DUKE.
HAT, is here?

Arth. Ready, so please your Grace.
Dake. I'm sorry for thee; thou art come to answer
A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
Uncapable of pity, void and empty
From any dram of mercy,

Anth. I have heard,
Your Grace hath ta’en great pains to qualify
His rig'rous courfe ; but since he stands obdurate,
And that no lawful means can carry me
Out of his envy's reach, I do oppose
My patience to his fury; and am arm'd

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To suffer with a quietness of spirit,
The very tyranny and rage of his.

Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the Court,
Sal. He's ready at the door: he comes, my lord.

Enter Shylock.

Duke. Make room, and let him stand before our

face.-
Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too,
That thou but lead'st this falhion of chy malice
To the last hour of act ; and then 'tis thought,
Thou'lt shew thy mercy and remorse more strange,
Than is thy strange apparent' cruelty.

where thou now exact'st the penalty,
Which is a pound of this poor merchant's nesh,
Thou wilt not only lose the forfeiture,
But, touch'd with human gentleness and love,
Forgive a moiety of the principal ;
Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,
That have of late so huddi'd on his back,
Enough to press a royal merchant down;

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