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The Merchant of Venice: Act II, Scene 4

The Merchant of Venice
Act II, Scene 4

Venice. A street.

  1. Enter Gratiano, Lorenzo, Salerio, and Solanio.

Lorenzo

1 - 3
  1. Nay, we will slink away in supper-time,
  2. Disguise us at my lodging, and return
  3. All in an hour.

Gratiano

4
  1. We have not made good preparation.

Salerio

5
  1. We have not spoke us yet of torch-bearers.

Solanio

6 - 7
  1. ’Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly ordered,
  2. And better in my mind not undertook.

Lorenzo

8 - 10
  1. ’Tis now but four of clock, we have two hours
  2. To furnish us.
  3. Enter Launcelot with a letter.
  4.                Friend Launcelot, what’s the news?

Launcelot

11 - 12
  1. And it shall please you to break up this, it shall seem to
  2. signify.

Lorenzo

13 - 15
  1. I know the hand; in faith, ’tis a fair hand,
  2. And whiter than the paper it writ on
  3. Is the fair hand that writ.

Gratiano

16
  1.                             Love-news, in faith.

Launcelot

17
  1. By your leave, sir.

Lorenzo

18
  1. Whither goest thou?

Launcelot

19 - 20
  1. Marry, sir, to bid my old master the Jew to sup tonight with
  2. my new master the Christian.

Lorenzo

21 - 25
  1. Hold here, take this. Tell gentle Jessica
  2. I will not fail her, speak it privately.
  3. Exit Clown.
  4. Go, gentlemen,
  5. Will you prepare you for this masque tonight?
  6. I am provided of a torch-bearer.

Salerio

26
  1. Ay, marry, I’ll be gone about it straight.

Solanio

27
  1. And so will I.

Lorenzo

28 - 29
  1.                Meet me and Gratiano
  2. At Gratiano’s lodging some hour hence.

Salerio

30
  1. ’Tis good we do so.
  1. Exit with Solanio.

Gratiano

31
  1. Was not that letter from fair Jessica?

Lorenzo

32 - 42
  1. I must needs tell thee all. She hath directed
  2. How I shall take her from her father’s house,
  3. What gold and jewels she is furnish’d with,
  4. What page’s suit she hath in readiness.
  5. If e’er the Jew her father come to heaven,
  6. It will be for his gentle daughter’s sake,
  7. And never dare misfortune cross her foot,
  8. Unless she do it under this excuse,
  9. That she is issue to a faithless Jew.
  10. Come go with me, peruse this as thou goest.
  11. Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer.
  1. Exeunt.
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