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The Merchant of Venice: Act IV, Scene 2

The Merchant of Venice
Act IV, Scene 2

Venice. A street.

  1. Enter Portia and Nerissa disguised as before.

Portia

1 - 4
  1. Inquire the Jew’s house out, give him this deed,
  2. And let him sign it. We’ll away tonight,
  3. And be a day before our husbands home.
  4. This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.
  1. Enter Gratiano.

Gratiano

5 - 8
  1. Fair sir, you are well o’erta’en.
  2. My Lord Bassanio upon more advice
  3. Hath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat
  4. Your company at dinner.

Portia

9 - 12
  1.                         That cannot be.
  2. His ring I do accept most thankfully,
  3. And so I pray you tell him; furthermore,
  4. I pray you show my youth old Shylock’s house.

Gratiano

13
  1. That will I do.

Nerissa

14 - 16
  1.                 Sir, I would speak with you.
  2. Aside to Portia.
  3. I’ll see if I can get my husband’s ring,
  4. Which I did make him swear to keep forever.

Portia

17 - 20
  1. Aside to Nerissa
  2. Thou mayst, I warrant. We shall have old swearing
  3. That they did give the rings away to men;
  4. But we’ll outface them, and outswear them too.—
  5. Away, make haste. Thou know’st where I will tarry.

Nerissa

21
  1. Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?
  1. Exeunt.
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