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be of good cheer; for, truly, I think, you are damn’d. There is but one hope in it that can do you any good ; and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither.
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 should 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.
Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made me a Christian.
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.
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; Launcelot 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.
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. 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 ?
Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion! Wilt thou show 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 served in ; for the meat, sir, it shall be covered; for your coming in to dinner, sir, why, let it be as humours and conceits shall govern.
Jes. Past all expressing : It is very meet,
Pawn'd with the other; for the poor rude world
Even such a husband
Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that.
Lor. No, pray thee, let it serve for table-talk ;
Well, I'll set you forth. [Exeunt.
SCENE I.–Venice. A Court of Justice.
Enter the Duke, the Magnificoes; ANTONIO, BASSANIO,
GRATIANO, SALARINO, SALANIO, and others.
mercy. I have ho qualify, urate,
Duke. What, is Antonio here?
Duke. I am sorry for thee; thou art come to answer
his envy's reach] Envy in this place means hatred or
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court. Salan. He's ready at the door: he comes, my lord.
Shy. I have possess'd your grace of what I purpose;
remorse,] i. e. pity. apparent –] That is, seeming ; not real. . where -] For whereas.
And I be pleas'd to give ten thousand ducats
Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,
Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
* “ Cannot contain,” &c.—Malone reads thus :
“ Cannot contain their urine for affection :
Masters of passion, sway it to the mood, &c.” † Malone reads “a woollen bag-pipe.” s- you question -] To question is to converse.