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ACT II - SCENE VIII. Venice. A street.
Enter SALARINO and SALANIO

SALARINO
1    Why, man, I saw Bassanio under sail:
2    With him is Gratiano gone along;
3    And in their ship I am sure Lorenzo is not.
SALANIO
4    The villain Jew with outcries raised the duke,
5    Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.
SALARINO
6    He came too late, the ship was under sail:
7    But there the duke was given to understand
8    That in a gondola were seen together
9    Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica:
10   Besides, Antonio certified the duke
11   They were not with Bassanio in his ship.
SALANIO
12   I never heard a passion so confused,
13   So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
14   As the dog Jew did utter in the streets:
15   'My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
16   Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
17   Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
18   A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
19   Of double ducats, stolen from me by my daughter!
20   And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
21   Stolen by my daughter! Justice! find the girl;
22   She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.'
SALARINO
23   Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,
24   Crying, his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.
SALANIO
25   Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
26   Or he shall pay for this.
SALARINO
27   Marry, well remember'd.
28   I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday,
29   Who told me, in the narrow seas that part
30   The French and English, there miscarried
31   A vessel of our country richly fraught:
32   I thought upon Antonio when he told me;
33   And wish'd in silence that it were not his.
SALANIO
34   You were best to tell Antonio what you hear;
35   Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
SALARINO
36   A kinder gentleman treads not the earth.
37   I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
38   Bassanio told him he would make some speed
39   Of his return: he answer'd, 'Do not so;
40   Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio
41   But stay the very riping of the time;
42   And for the Jew's bond which he hath of me,
43   Let it not enter in your mind of love:
44   Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
45   To courtship and such fair ostents of love
46   As shall conveniently become you there:'
47   And even there, his eye being big with tears,
48   Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
49   And with affection wondrous sensible
50   He wrung Bassanio's hand; and so they parted.
SALANIO
51   I think he only loves the world for him.
52   I pray thee, let us go and find him out
53   And quicken his embraced heaviness
54   With some delight or other.
SALARINO
55   Do we so.
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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