The Merchant of Venice


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Shylock the Jew and Launcelot, his man that

was, the Clown


SHYLOCK

Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy judge,

The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio....

What, Jessica! Thou shalt not gormandize

As thou hast done with me ... What, Jessica!...

And sleep, and snore, and rend apparel out...
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count
rend (v.) tear apart, lay waste, devastate

Why, Jessica, I say!


LAUNCELOT

                         Why, Jessica!


SHYLOCK

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


LAUNCELOT

Your worship was wont to tell me I could do
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of See Topics: Frequency count

nothing without bidding.

Enter Jessica


JESSICA

Call you? What is your will?


SHYLOCK

I am bid forth to supper, Jessica.

There are my keys. But wherefore should I go?

I am not bid for love, they flatter me,

But yet I'll go in hate to feed upon

The prodigal Christian. Jessica my girl,
prodigal (adj.) 1 wastefully lavish, foolishly extravagant

Look to my house. I am right loath to go.

There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
ill (n.) 1 wrong, injury, harm, evil

For I did dream of money bags tonight.
tonight (adv.) last night, this past night


LAUNCELOT

I beseech you, sir, go. My young master

doth expect your reproach.
reproach (n.) 3 malapropism for ‘approach’


SHYLOCK

So do I his.


LAUNCELOT

And they have conspired together. I will not

say you shall see a masque, but if you do, then it was not

for nothing that my nose fell a-bleeding on Black Monday

last at six o'clock i'th' morning, falling out that year

on Ash Wednesday was four year in th' afternoon.


SHYLOCK

What, are there masques? Hear you me, Jessica:

Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum

And the vile squealing of the wry-necked fife,
fife (n.) fife-player
wry-necked (n.) having a crooked neck [of the player]

Clamber not you up to the casements then,
casement (n.) 1 window [on hinges and able to be opened]

Nor thrust your head into the public street

To gaze on Christian fools with varnished faces;

But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements;
casement (n.) 1 window [on hinges and able to be opened]

Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter
foppery (n.) 1 folly, foolishness, stupidity

My sober house. By Jacob's staff I swear
sober (adj.) 1 sedate, staid, demure, grave

I have no mind of feasting forth tonight,

But I will go. Go you before me, sirrah.

Say I will come.


LAUNCELOT

                         I will go before, sir.

Mistress, look out at window for all this:

There will come a Christian by

Will be worth a Jewess' eye.

Exit


SHYLOCK

What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha?


JESSICA

His words were ‘ Farewell mistress ’, nothing else.


SHYLOCK

The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
kind (adj.) 3 friendly, agreeable, pleasant
patch (n.) fool, clown; rogue, knave

Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
profit (n.) 1 progress, proficiency, improvement

More than the wildcat. Drones hive not with me;

Therefore I part with him, and part with him

To one that I would have him help to waste

His borrowed purse. Well, Jessica, go in.

Perhaps I will return immediately.

Do as I bid you; shut doors after you.

Fast bind, fast find,

A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.

Exit


JESSICA

Farewell; and if my fortune be not crost,

I have a father, you a daughter, lost.

Exit

 
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