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Por. Even so void is your false heart of truth.
Nor I in yours
Por. If you had known the virtue of the ring,
Bass. No, by my honour, madam, by my soul,
Por. Let not that doctor e'er come near my house :
230 Ner. And I his clerk ; therefore be well advised How you do leave me to mine own protection.
Gra. Well, do you so : let not me take him, then ;
Ant. I am the unhappy subject of these quarrels.
Mark you but that!
Nay, but hear me :
Ant. I once did lend my body for his wealth ;
Por. Then you shall be his surety. Give him this
Ant. Here, Lord Bassanio ; swear to keep this ring.
Por. I had it of him : pardon me, Bassanio;
260 For that same scrubbed boy, the doctor's clerk, In lieu of this last night did lie with me.
Gra. Why, this is like the mending of highways
Por. Speak not so grossly. You are all amazed :
You shall not know by what strange accident
I am dumb.
Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow:
Ant. Sweet lady, you have given me life and living;
How now, Lorenzo !
Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a fee. 290
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
It is almost morning,
SCENE: Oliver's house ; Duke Frederick's court; and the
Forest of Arden.
SCENE I. 'Orchard of OLIVER's house.
Enter ORLANDO and ADAM. Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion he bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns, and, as thou sayest, charged my brother, on liis blessing, to breed me weli: and there bezins my sadness. My broilier Jaques ho keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps nie rustically at home, or, to speak more properly, stays me here at home unkept ; for call you that keeping for a gentleman 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 manage, and to that end riders dearly liired: but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the which his animals on his dlunghills are as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the something that nature gave me his counte
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nance seems to take from me: he lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of a brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines my gentility with my education. This is it, Adam, that grieves me ; and the spirit of my father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude: I will no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it.
Adam, Yonder comes my master, your brother.
Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he will shake me up.
30 Enter OLIVER. Oli. Now, sir! what make you here? Orl. Nothing: I am not taught to make any thing. Oli. What mar you then, sir?
Orl. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with idleness.
Oli. Marry, sir, be better employed, and be naught awhile. Orl. Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them? What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should come to such penury?
Oli. Know you where you are, sir ?
Orl. Ay, better than him I am before knows me. I know you are my eldest brother; and, in the gentle condition of blood, you should so know me. The courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you are the first-born ; but the same tradition takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us : I have as much of my father in me as you ; albeit, I confess, your coming before me is nearer to his reverence.
Oli. What, boy!
Orl. Come, come, der brother, you are too young in this.
Oli. Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain ?
Orl. I am no villain ; I am the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys ; he was my father, and he is thrice a villain that says such a father begot villains. Wert thou not my brother, I would not take this hand from thy throat till this other had pulled out thy tongue for saying so: thou hast railed on thyself.
Adam. Sweet masters, be patient : for your father's remembrance, be at accord. Oli. Let me go, I say.
Orl. I will not, till I please : you shall hear me. My father charged you in his will to give me good education :