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ACT III - SCENE IV. Belmont. A room in PORTIA'S house.
LORENZO
1    Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
2    You have a noble and a true conceit
3    Of godlike amity; which appears most strongly
4    In bearing thus the absence of your lord.
5    But if you knew to whom you show this honour,
6    How true a gentleman you send relief,
7    How dear a lover of my lord your husband,
8    I know you would be prouder of the work
9    Than customary bounty can enforce you.
PORTIA
10   I never did repent for doing good,
11   Nor shall not now: for in companions
12   That do converse and waste the time together,
13   Whose souls do bear an equal yoke Of love,
14   There must be needs a like proportion
15   Of lineaments, of manners and of spirit;
16   Which makes me think that this Antonio,
17   Being the bosom lover of my lord,
18   Must needs be like my lord. If it be so,
19   How little is the cost I have bestow'd
20   In purchasing the semblance of my soul
21   From out the state of hellish misery!
22   This comes too near the praising of myself;
23   Therefore no more of it: hear other things.
24   Lorenzo, I commit into your hands
25   The husbandry and manage of my house
26   Until my lord's return: for mine own part,
27   I have toward heaven breathed a secret vow
28   To live in prayer and contemplation,
29   Only attended by Nerissa here,
30   Until her husband and my lord's return:
31   There is a monastery two miles off;
32   And there will we abide. I do desire you
33   Not to deny this imposition;
34   The which my love and some necessity
35   Now lays upon you.
LORENZO
36   Madam, with all my heart;
37   I shall obey you in all fair commands.
PORTIA
38   My people do already know my mind,
39   And will acknowledge you and Jessica
40   In place of Lord Bassanio and myself.
41   And so farewell, till we shall meet again.
LORENZO
42   Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you!
JESSICA
43   I wish your ladyship all heart's content.
PORTIA
44   I thank you for your wish, and am well pleased
45   To wish it back on you: fare you well Jessica.
Exeunt JESSICA and LORENZO
46   Now, Balthasar,
47   As I have ever found thee honest-true,
48   So let me find thee still. Take this same letter,
49   And use thou all the endeavour of a man
50   In speed to Padua: see thou render this
51   Into my cousin's hand, Doctor Bellario;
52   And, look, what notes and garments he doth give thee,
53   Bring them, I pray thee, with imagined speed
54   Unto the tranect, to the common ferry
55   Which trades to Venice. Waste no time in words,
56   But get thee gone: I shall be there before thee.
BALTHASAR
57   Madam, I go with all convenient speed.
Exit

PORTIA
58   Come on, Nerissa; I have work in hand
59   That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands
60   Before they think of us.
NERISSA
61   Shall they see us?
PORTIA
62   They shall, Nerissa; but in such a habit,
63   That they shall think we are accomplished
64   With that we lack. I'll hold thee any wager,
65   When we are both accoutred like young men,
66   I'll prove the prettier fellow of the two,
67   And wear my dagger with the braver grace,
68   And speak between the change of man and boy
69   With a reed voice, and turn two mincing steps
70   Into a manly stride, and speak of frays
71   Like a fine bragging youth, and tell quaint lies,
72   How honourable ladies sought my love,
73   Which I denying, they fell sick and died;
74   I could not do withal; then I'll repent,
75   And wish for all that, that I had not killed them;
76   And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,
77   That men shall swear I have discontinued school
78   Above a twelvemonth. I have within my mind
79   A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks,
80   Which I will practise.
NERISSA
81   Why, shall we turn to men?
PORTIA
82   Fie, what a question's that,
83   If thou wert near a lewd interpreter!
84   But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device
85   When I am in my coach, which stays for us
86   At the park gate; and therefore haste away,
87   For we must measure twenty miles to-day.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII
  • SCENE VIII
  • SCENE IX


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I

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