The Merchant of Venice

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Enter Portia and Nerrissa.Enter Portia and Nerissa, disguised as before MV IV.ii.1
Enquire the Iewes house out, giue him this deed,Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed, MV IV.ii.1
And let him signe it, wee'll away to night,And let him sign it. We'll away tonight MV IV.ii.2
And be a day before our husbands home:And be a day before our husbands home. MV IV.ii.3
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo. MV IV.ii.4
Enter Gratiano.Enter Gratiano MV IV.ii.5
Faire sir, you are well ore-tane:Fair sir, you are well o'erta'en. MV IV.ii.5
My L. Bassanio vpon more aduice,My Lord Bassanio upon more adviceadvice (n.)

old form: aduice
consideration, reflection, deliberation
MV IV.ii.6
Hath sent you heere this ring, and doth intreatHath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat MV IV.ii.7
Your company at dinner.Your company at dinner. MV IV.ii.8.1
That cannot be;That cannot be. MV IV.ii.8.2
His ring I doe accept most thankfully,His ring I do accept most thankfully, MV IV.ii.9
And so I pray you tell him: furthermore,And so I pray you tell him. Furthermore, MV IV.ii.10
I pray you shew my youth old Shylockes house.I pray you show my youth old Shylock's house. MV IV.ii.11
That will I doe.That will I do. MV IV.ii.12.1
Sir, I would speake with you:Sir, I would speak with you. MV IV.ii.12.2
Ile see if I can get my husbands ring(aside to Portia) I'll see if I can get my husband's ring, MV IV.ii.13
Which I did make him sweare to keepe for euer.Which I did make him swear to keep for ever. MV IV.ii.14
(aside to Nerissa) MV IV.ii.15.1
Thou maist I warrant, we shal haue old swearingThou mayst, I warrant. We shall have old swearingold (adj.)
plenty of, abundant, more than enough
MV IV.ii.15
warrant (v.)
assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
That they did giue the rings away to men;That they did give the rings away to men, MV IV.ii.16
But weele out-face them, and out-sweare them to:But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.outswear (v.)

old form: out-sweare
outdo in swearing
MV IV.ii.17
Away, make haste, thou know'st where I will tarry.Away, make haste. Thou know'st where I will tarry.tarry (v.)
stay, remain, linger
MV IV.ii.18
Come good sir, will you shew me to this house.Come, good sir, will you show me to this house? MV IV.ii.19
Exeunt.Exeunt MV IV.ii.19
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