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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 haste away,
For we must measure twenty miles to-day. (Exeunt.

SCENE V.

Enter LAUNCELOT, and JESSICA. I.aun. 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 damnd. There is but one hope in it that can do you any good; and that is but a kind of a bastard hope neither.

595 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 shall be visited upon me.

Laun. Truly then I fear you are damn'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.

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

Laun.

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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.

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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 ; Laun. celot 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.

622 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 shortly 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.

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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. Will you cover then, sir? Laun. Not 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, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.

Laun. For the table, sir, it shall be serv'd in; for the meat, sir, it shall be covered; for

your coming in to dinner, sir, why, let it be as humours and cona ceits shall govern.

[Exit LAUNCELOT. Lor. O dear discretion, how luis words are suited! The fool hath planted in his memory

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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 cheer'st thoni, Jessica ?
And now, good sweet, say thy opinion,
How dost thou like the lord Bassanio's wife?

Jes. Past all expressing : It is very ineei,
The lord Bassanio live an upright life ;
For, having such a blessing in his lady,
He finds the joys of heaven here on earth;

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And, if on earth he do not mean it, it
Is reason he should never come to heaven.
Why, if two gods should play some heavenly match,

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And on the wager lay two earthly women,
And Portia one, there must be something else
Pawn’d with the other; for the poor rude world
Hath not her fellow,

Lor. Even such a husband
Hast thou of me, as she is for a wife.

Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that.. 670
Lor. I will anon; first, let us go to dinner.
Jes. Nay, let ine 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.
Jes. Well, I'll set you forth,

[ Exeunt.

ACT W. SCENE 1.

The Senate - House in Venice. Enter the Duke, the Sena

tors; ANTHONIO, BASSANIO, GRATIANO, and others.

Duke,
What, is Anthonio here?

Anth. Ready, so please your grace.
Duke. I am sorry for thee; thou art come to an-

swer

A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
Uncapable of pity, void and empty
From any dram of mercy.

Anth.

Anth. I have heard,
Your grace hath. ta'en great pains to qualify
His rigorous course ; but since he stands obdurate,
And that no lawful means can carry me

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Out of his envy's reach, I do oppose
My patience to his fury; and am arm’d
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.

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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 fashion of thy 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 : And, where thou now exact'st the penalty (Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh), 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 huddled on his back ; Encugh to press a royal merchant down,

30 And pluck commiseration of his state . From brassy bosoms, and rough hearts of fint, From stubborn Turks, and Tartars, never train'd

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