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Laun. Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew's man; hat would, sir, as my father shall specify
Gob. He hath a great infection, sir, as one would say,
Laun. Indeed, the short and the long is, I serve the Jew; and I have a desire, as my father shall specify~
Gób. His master and hé (saving your worship’s reverence) are scarce cater-cousins.
Laun. To be brief, the very truth is, that the Jew having done me wrong, doth cause me, as my father, being I hope an old man, shall fructify unto you
Gob. I have here a dish of doves, that I would bestow ipon your worship; and my suit is—
Laun. In very grief, the suit is impertinent to myself, is your worship shall know by this honest old man; and, chough I say it, though old man, yet, poor man, my father.
Bass. One speak for both—What would you?
Laun. The old proverb is very well parted between my master Shylock and you, sir; you have the grace of heaven, sir, and he hath enough.
Bass. Thou speak’st it well: go, father, with thy
[Bassanio retires up the Stage with Leonardo,- Old
Gobbo goes in L. V. E. Laun. (c.) Father, in : [Crosses to L.] I cannot get a service, no ;--I have ne'er a tongue in my head.- Well, [Looking on his palm] if any man in Italy have a fairer table, which doth offer to swear upon a book.-I shall have good fortune; go to, here's a simple line of life! here's a small trifle of wives : alas, fifteen wives is nothing: eleven widows, and nine maids, is a simple coming-in for one man: and then, to 'scape drowning thrice; and to be in peril of my life with the edge of a feather bed; here are simple 'scapes! Well, if fortune be a
woman, she's a good wench, for this gear.- Father, come; I'll take my leave of the Jew in the twinkling of an eye.
[Exit Launcelot, L. D. F. Bass. (Advancing with Leonardo, from buck ground
I pray thee, good Leonardo, think on this ;
Enter GRATIANO, L.
[Exit, R. Gra. Signior Bassanio.Bass. (L.) Gratiano! Gra. I have a suit to you. Bass. (L. c.) You have obtain'd it.
Gra. You must not deny me; I must go with you to Belmont.
Bass.(c) Why then, you must:--but hear thee, Gratiano:
Gra. Signior Bassanio, hear me
Bas. Well, we shall see your bearing.
Gra. Nay, but I bar to-night; you shall not gage me By what we do to-night.
Bass. No, that were pity ;
[Exit. L. Gra. And I must to Lorenzo, and the rest; But we will visit you at supper-time.
[Exit, R. SCENE II.-Shylock's House.
Enter Jessica and LAUNCELOT, L.
Laun. (R. C.) Adieu !-tears exhibit my tongue. Most beautifúl Pagan, most sweet Jew! (R.) If a Christian did not play the knave, and get thee, I am much deceiv'd :-but, adieu : these foolish drops do somewhat drown my manly spirit; adieu ! [Exit, R.
Jess. (R. C.) Farewell, good Launcelot.Alack, what heinous sin is it in me, To be asham'd to be my father's child ! But though I am a daughter to his blood, I am not to his manners : 0, Lorenzo, If thou keep promise, I shalí end this strife; Become a Christian, and thy loving wife. [Exit, L
SCENE III. A Street in Venice. Enter SALARINO, SOLANIO, GRATIANO, and LORENZO, R.
Lor. (R.) Nay, we will slink away in supper-time;
Gra. (c.) We have not made good preparation.
Sal. (R. C.) 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly ordered ; And better, in my mind, not undertook.
Lor. 'Tis now but four o'clock; we have two hours To furnish us :
Enter LAUNCELOT, L. Friend Launcelot, whats the news ?
Laun. An it shall please you to break up this, it shall seem to signify. (Gives Lorenzo a letter ;-retires, L.
Lor. I know the hand : in faith, 'tis a fair hand;
Gra. Love news, in faith.
(Crossing. Lor. Whither goest thou ?
Laun. (R.) Marry, sir, to bid my old master, the Jew, to sup to-night with my new master, the Christian.
Lor. (R. C.) Hold here, take this: tell gentle Jessica, I will not fail her; (R.) speak it privately, go.
[Turns round-exit Launcelot, R.
Sol. (L.) Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.
Lor. (c.) Meet me and Gratiano,
[Exeunt Salurino and Solanio, L.
SCENE IV.-Shylock's House. SHYLOCK sitting at a Table and LAUNCELOT attending,
Laun. Why, Jessica !
Laun. Your worship was wont to tell me, I could do nothing without bidding.
[Goes back. Enter JESSICA, L. Jess. (L. c.) Call you? What is your will ?
Shy. I am bid forth to supper, Jessica ;
Laun. [Advances, R. c.] I beseech you, sir, go; my young master doth expect your reproach.
Shy. So do I his. Laun. (R. C.) And they have conspired together, I will not say, you shall see a masque ; but if you do, then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a bleeding on Black-monday iast, at six o'clock i'the morning, falling out that year on Ash-Wednesday was four year in the afternoon.
Shy. What! are there masques? Hear you me, Jessica : Lock up my doors: and when you hear the drum, And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife, Clamber not you up to the casements then, Nor thrust your head into the public street, To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces : But stop my house's ears, I mean, my casements; Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter My sober house.-By Jacob's staff, I swear, I have no mind of feasting forth to-night: But I will go.-Go you before me, sirrah ;Say, I will come.
Laun. (R.) I will go before, sir.Mistress, look out at window, for all this ;
There will come a Christian by,
Will be worth a Jewess' eye. [Exit. R. Shy. What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha? Jes. His words were, Farewell, mistress; nothing else.
Shy. (R.) The patch is kind enough ; but a huge feeder, Snail slow in profit, and he sleeps by day More than the wild cat; drones hive not with me; Therefore I part with him ; and part with him To one that I would have him help to waste