The Merchant of Venice

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Salerio and Solanio


Why, man, I saw Bassanio under sail:

With him is Gratiano gone along,

And in their ship I am sure Lorenzo is not.


The villain Jew with outcries raised the Duke,

Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.


He came too late, the ship was under sail,

But there the Duke was given to understand

That in a gondola were seen together

Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica.

Besides, Antonio certified the Duke
certify (v.) inform, assure, demonstrate to

They were not with Bassanio in his ship.


I never heard a passion so confused,
passion (n.) 5 passionate outburst, emotional passage

So strange, outrageous, and so variable
variable (adj.) varied, diverse, different

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!
double (adj.) 4 worth twice the value of the standard coin

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.’


Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,

Crying his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.


Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
day (n.) 2 appointed day, fixed date

Or he shall pay for this.


                         Marry, well remembered.

I reasoned with a Frenchman yesterday,
reason (v.) 1 talk, speak, converse

Who told me, in the narrow seas that part

The French and English, there miscarried
miscarry (v.) 2 come to harm, be lost, be destroyed

A vessel of our country richly fraught.
fraught (adj.) filled, laden, packed

I thought upon Antonio when he told me,

And wished in silence that it were not his.


You were best to tell Antonio what you hear,

Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.


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,
slubber (v.) 2 be careless with, rush through

But stay the very riping of the time.
riping (n.) ripening, coming to readiness
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await

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
ostent (n.) display, show, manifestation

As shall conveniently become you there.’
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count
conveniently (adv.) fittingly, suitably, appropriately

And even there, his eye being big with tears,

Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,

And with affection wondrous sensible
sensible (adj.) 2 evident, perceptible by the senses, affecting the senses

He wrung Bassanio's hand; and so they parted.


I think he only loves the world for him.

I pray thee let us go and find him out,

And quicken his embraced heaviness
embraced (adj.) cherished, joyfully accepted
heaviness (n.) 1 sadness, grief, sorrow
quicken (v.) 1 revive, rejuvenate, give life [to]

With some delight or other.


                         Do we so.


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