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The Merchant of Venice: Act 2, Scene 5

The Merchant of Venice
Act 2, Scene 5

Venice. Before Shylock’s house.

  1. Enter Shylock the Jew and his man that was, the Clown
  2. Launcelot.

Shylock

3 - 8
  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 gurmandize,
  4. As thou hast done with meWhat, Jessica!—
  5. And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out
  6. Why, Jessica, I say!

Launcelot

9
  1.                      Why, Jessica!

Shylock

10
  1. Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call.

Launcelot

11
  1. Your worship was wont to tell me I could do nothing without bidding.
  1. Enter Jessica.

Jessica

13
  1. Call you? What is your will?

Shylock

14 - 21
  1. I am bid forth to supper, Jessica.
  2. There are my keys. But wherefore should I go?
  3. I am not bid for love, they flatter me,
  4. But yet I’ll go in hate, to feed upon
  5. The prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,
  6. Look to my house. I am right loath to go;
  7. There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
  8. For I did dream of money-bags tonight.

Launcelot

22 - 23
  1. I beseech you, sir, go. My young master doth expect your
  2. reproach.

Shylock

24
  1. So do I his.

Launcelot

25 - 29
  1. And they have conspir’d together. I will not say you shall
  2. see a masque, but if you do, then it was not for nothing
  3. that my nose fell a-bleeding on Black Monday last at six a’
  4. clock i’ th’ morning, falling out that year on Ash We’n’sday
  5. was four year in th’ afternoon.

Shylock

30 - 41
  1. What, are there masques? Hear you me, Jessica:
  2. Lock up my doors, and when you hear the drum
  3. And the vile squealing of the wry-neck’d fife,
  4. Clamber not you up to the casements then,
  5. Nor thrust your head into the public street
  6. To gaze on Christian fools with varnish’d faces;
  7. But stop my house’s ears, I mean my casements;
  8. Let not the sound of shallow fopp’ry enter
  9. My sober house. By Jacob’s staff I swear
  10. I have no mind of feasting forth tonight;
  11. But I will go. Go you before me, sirrah,
  12. Say I will come.

Launcelot

42 - 45
  1. I will go before, sir. Mistress, look out at window for all
  2. this
  3.       There will come a Christian by,
  4.                                 Will be worth a Jewess’ eye.
  1. Exit.

Shylock

47
  1. What says that fool of Hagar’s offspring, ha?

Jessica

48
  1. His words were Farewell, mistress!”—nothing else.

Shylock

49 - 58
  1. The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
  2. Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
  3. More than the wild-cat. Drones hive not with me,
  4. Therefore I part with him, and part with him
  5. To one that I would have him help to waste
  6. His borrowed purse. Well, Jessica, go in,
  7. Perhaps I will return immediately.
  8. Do as I bid you, shut doors after you;
  9. Fast bind, fast find
  10. A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
  1. Exit.

Jessica

60 - 61
  1. Farewell, and if my fortune be not cross’d,
  2. I have a father, you a daughter, lost.
  1. Exit.
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