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ACT II - SCENE V. The same. Before SHYLOCK'S house.
Enter SHYLOCK and LAUNCELOT

SHYLOCK
1    Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy judge,
2    The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio:--
3    What, Jessica!--thou shalt not gormandise,
4    As thou hast done with me:--What, Jessica!--
5    And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out;--
6    Why, Jessica, I say!
LAUNCELOT
7    Why, Jessica!
SHYLOCK
8    Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call.
LAUNCELOT
9    Your worship was wont to tell me that
10   I could do nothing without bidding.
Enter Jessica

JESSICA
11   Call you? what is your will?
SHYLOCK
12   I am bid forth to supper, Jessica:
13   There are my keys. But wherefore should I go?
14   I am not bid for love; they flatter me:
15   But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon
16   The prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,
17   Look to my house. I am right loath to go:
18   There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
19   For I did dream of money-bags to-night.
LAUNCELOT
20   I beseech you, sir, go: my young master doth expect
21   your reproach.
SHYLOCK
22   So do I his.
LAUNCELOT
23   An they have conspired together, I will not say you
24   shall see a masque; but if you do, then it was not
25   for nothing that my nose fell a-bleeding on
26   Black-Monday last at six o'clock i' the morning,
27   falling out that year on Ash-Wednesday was four
28   year, in the afternoon.
SHYLOCK
29   What, are there masques? Hear you me, Jessica:
30   Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum
31   And the vile squealing of the wry-neck'd fife,
32   Clamber not you up to the casements then,
33   Nor thrust your head into the public street
34   To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces,
35   But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements:
36   Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter
37   My sober house. By Jacob's staff, I swear,
38   I have no mind of feasting forth to-night:
39   But I will go. Go you before me, sirrah;
40   Say I will come.
LAUNCELOT
41   I will go before, sir. Mistress, look out at
42   window, for all this, There will come a Christian
43   boy, will be worth a Jewess' eye.
Exit

SHYLOCK
44   What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha?
JESSICA
45   His words were 'Farewell mistress;' nothing else.
SHYLOCK
46   The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder;
47   Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
48   More than the wild-cat: drones hive not with me;
49   Therefore I part with him, and part with him
50   To one that would have him help to waste
51   His borrow'd purse. Well, Jessica, go in;
52   Perhaps I will return immediately:
53   Do as I bid you; shut doors after you:
54   Fast bind, fast find;
55   A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
Exit

JESSICA
56   Farewell; and if my fortune be not crost,
57   I have a father, you a daughter, lost.
Exit

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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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