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ACT II - SCENE IV. The same. A street.
Enter GRATIANO, LORENZO, SALARINO, and SALANIO

LORENZO
1    Nay, we will slink away in supper-time,
2    Disguise us at my lodging and return,
3    All in an hour.
GRATIANO
4    We have not made good preparation.
SALARINO
5    We have not spoke us yet of torchbearers.
SALANIO
6    'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd,
7    And better in my mind not undertook.
LORENZO
8    'Tis now but four o'clock: we have two hours
9    To furnish us.
Enter LAUNCELOT, with a letter
10   Friend Launcelot, what's the news?
LAUNCELOT
11   An it shall please you to break up
12   this, it shall seem to signify.
LORENZO
13   I know the hand: in faith, 'tis a fair hand;
14   And whiter than the paper it writ on
15   Is the fair hand that writ.
GRATIANO
16   Love-news, in faith.
LAUNCELOT
17   By your leave, sir.
LORENZO
18   Whither goest thou?
LAUNCELOT
19   Marry, sir, to bid my old master the
20   Jew to sup to-night with my new master the Christian.
LORENZO
21   Hold here, take this: tell gentle Jessica
22   I will not fail her; speak it privately.
23   Go, gentlemen,
Exit Launcelot
24   Will you prepare you for this masque tonight?
25   I am provided of a torch-bearer.
SALANIO
26   Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.
SALANIO
27   And so will I.
LORENZO
28   Meet me and Gratiano
29   At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence.
SALARINO
30   'Tis good we do so.
Exeunt SALARINO and SALANIO

GRATIANO
31   Was not that letter from fair Jessica?
LORENZO
32   I must needs tell thee all. She hath directed
33   How I shall take her from her father's house,
34   What gold and jewels she is furnish'd with,
35   What page's suit she hath in readiness.
36   If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven,
37   It will be for his gentle daughter's sake:
38   And never dare misfortune cross her foot,
39   Unless she do it under this excuse,
40   That she is issue to a faithless Jew.
41   Come, go with me; peruse this as thou goest:
42   Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer.
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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