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Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
Salar. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him, Crying,-his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.
Salan. Let good Antonio look he keep his day, Or he shall pay for this. Salar.
Marry, well remember'd, I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday : Who told me,-in the narrow seas, that part The French and English, there miscarried A vessel of our country, richly fraught: I thought upon Antonio, when he told me; And wish'd in silence, that it were not his. Salan. You were best to tell Antonio what you
hear; Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
Salar. A kinder gentleman treads not the earth. I saw Bassanio and Antonio part: Bassanio told him, he would make some speed Of his return; he answer'd--Do not so, Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio, But stay the very riping of the time; And for the Jew's bond, which he hath of me, Let it not enter in your mind of love 33 : Be merry; and employ your chiefest thoughts To courtship, and such fair ostents of love
As shall conveniently become you there:
Salan. I think, he only loves the world for him..
Do we so. [Exeunt.
A Room in Portia's House.
Enter Nerissa, with a Servant. Ner. Quick, quick, I pray thee, draw the curtain
straight; The prince of Arragon hath ta'en his oath, And comes to his election presently. Flourish of Cornets. Enter the Prince of Arragon,
Portia, and their Trains. Por. Behold, there stand the caskets, noble prince: If you choose that wherein I am contain'd, Straight shall our nuptial rites be solemniz'd; But if you fail, without more speech, my lord, You must be gone from hence immediately.
Ar. I am enjoin'd by oath to observe three things: First, never to unfold to any one
Which casket 'twas I chose; next, if I fail
Por. To these injunctions every one doth swear, That comes to hazard for my worthless self.
Ar. And so have I address'd me: Fortune now To my heart's hope!-Gold, silver, and base lead. Who chooseth me, must give and hazard all he hath: You shall look fairer, ere I give, or hazard. What says the golden chest? ha! let me see: Who chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire. What many men desire.—That many may be meant By the fool multitude, that choose by show, Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach; Which pries not to the interior, but, like the martlet, Builds in the weather on the outward wall, Even in the force and road of casualty. I will not choose what many men desire, Because I will not jump with common spirits, And rank me with the barbarous multitudes. Why, then to thee, thou silver treasure-house; Tell me once more what title thou dost bear: Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves; And well said too; For who shall go about To cozen fortune, and be honourable Without the stamp of merit! Let none presume To wear an undeserved dignity. O, that estates, degrees, and offices,
Were not deriv'd corruptly! and that clear honour
Por. To offend, and judge, are distinct offices,
What is here?
Take what wife you will to bed 36,
[Exeunt Arragon and train.
Ner. The antient saying is no heresy;
Enter a Servant.
Here; what would my lord?