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I will possess you of that ship and treasure.
Description of Cleopatra's supposed Death. Death of one person can be paid but once ; And that she has discharged: what thou wouldst do, Is done unto thy hand : the last she spake Was Antony! most noble Antony ! Then in the midst a tearing groan did break The name of Antony ; it was divided Between her heart and lips : she render'd life, Thy name so buried in her.
Cleopatra on the Death of Antony. It were for me To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods ; To tell them that this world did equal theirs, Till they had stolen our jewel. All's but nought; Patience is sottish ; and impatience does Become a dog that’s mad ; then is it sin, To rush into the secret house of death, Ere death dare come to us ?-How do you, women? What, what? good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian? My noble girls !—Ah, women, women! look, Our lamp is spent, it's out ;-good sirs, take heart :We'll bury him; and then, what's brave, what's noble, Let's do it after the high Roman fashion, And make death proud to take us. Come, away ; This case of that huge spirit now is cold.
Of woman in me: now from head to foot,
Give me my robe, put on my crown ; I have
Cæsar's Comments on the Death of Cleopatra.
+ Be quick.
MERCHANT OF VENICE.
Shylock, a rich Jew of Venice, has advanced on loan three thousand dučats to Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, an agreement being signed by which, if the borrowed money be not repaid by a certain period, Shylock is to claim a pound of flesh to be cut from the merchant's body. Antonio, owing to sudden and unforeseen losses, forfeits the bond, and is cited before the Duke and magnificoes of Venice to pay the incurred penalty. The Duke tries to persuade Shylock to accept the money, which is now ready to be paid, but, influenced by a feeling of rancorous hatred, he insists on having the pound of flesh. In the meantime, Portia, a rich heiress, just married to Bassanio, an intimate friend of Antonio's, disguises herself as a doctor of laws, and attends the court where the Duke is sitting in judgment. The cause is left to Portia to arbitrate on; she admits the justice of Shylock's claim, but urges him to accept payment of the loan in money ; this he refuses to do, and she then proceeds to pronounce sentence, explaining to the Jew that the bond gives him “no jot of blood,” the words being "expressly a pound of flesh.” Thus baffled, he agrees to take the money, but Portia further shows him that by the laws of Venice, he, being an alien, having sought the destruction of a citizen, has placed his life at the mercy of the Duke. The Duke pardons the Jew on condition that he turns Christian and " records a gift of all he dies possessed” to Lorenzo, a Christian gentleman, to whom his daughter Jessica is wedded. The loves of Bassanio and Portia, and Gratiano and Nerissa, form an agreeable episode, and the clown, Launcelot Gobbo, Shylock's servant, excites much amusement in the various scenes in which he appears.
Loquacity. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice: his reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search.