The Merchant of Venice
Act II, Scene 8
Venice. A street.
- Enter Salerio and Solanio.
Salerio1 - 3
- Why, man, I saw Bassanio under sail,
- With him is Gratiano gone along;
- And in their ship I am sure Lorenzo is not.
Solanio4 - 5
- The villain Jew with outcries rais’d the Duke,
- Who went with him to search Bassanio’s ship.
Salerio6 - 11
- He came too late, the ship was under sail,
- But there the Duke was given to understand
- That in a gondilo were seen together
- Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica.
- Besides, Antonio certified the Duke
- They were not with Bassanio in his ship.
Solanio12 - 22
- I never heard a passion so confus’d,
- So strange, outrageous, and so variable
- As the dog Jew did utter in the streets.
- “My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
- Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
- Justice! The law! My ducats, and my daughter!
- A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
- Of double ducats, stol’n from me by my daughter!
- And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
- Stol’n by my daughter! Justice! Find the girl,
- She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.”
Salerio23 - 24
- Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,
- Crying, his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.
Solanio25 - 26
- Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
- Or he shall pay for this.
Salerio27 - 33
- Marry, well rememb’red.
- I reason’d with a Frenchman yesterday,
- Who told me, in the Narrow Seas that part
- The French and English, there miscarried
- A vessel of our country richly fraught.
- I thought upon Antonio when he told me,
- And wish’d in silence that it were not his.
Solanio34 - 35
- You were best to tell Antonio what you hear,
- Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
Salerio36 - 50
- A kinder gentleman treads not the earth.
- I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
- Bassanio told him he would make some speed
- Of his return; he answered, “Do not so,
- Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio,
- But stay the very riping of the time;
- And for the Jew’s bond which he hath of me,
- Let it not enter in your mind of love.
- Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
- To courtship, and such fair ostents of love
- As shall conveniently become you there.”
- And even there, his eye being big with tears,
- Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
- And with affection wondrous sensible
- He wrung Bassanio’s hand, and so they parted.
Solanio51 - 54
- I think he only loves the world for him.
- I pray thee let us go and find him out
- And quicken his embraced heaviness
- With some delight or other.
- Do we so.