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10 To come abroad with him at his request.
Ant. I pray thee hear me speak.
Shy. I'll have my bond ; I will not hear thee speak :
I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool
Follow not ;
Let him alone;
He seeks my life ; his reason well I know ;
I am sure the Duke 25 Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Ant. The Duke cannot deny the course of law,
'Twill much impeach the justice of the state ; 30 Since that the trade and profit of the city
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go :
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not ! [Exeunt.
27. Commodity, i.e., intercourse.
30. Since that.-See p. 8. note 4.
Belmont.-A Room in PORTIA's House.
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
How true a gentleman you send relief,
Than customary bounty can enforce you.
Nor shall not now : for in companions
There must be needs a like proportion
Which makes me think, that this Antonio,
How little is the cost I have bestow'd, 20 In purchasing the semblance of my soul
From out the state of hellish cruelty !
Lorenzo, I commit into your hands,
2. A noble and a true conceit of godlike amity, i.e., a high idea of true Divine benevolence. Conceit is originally the same as conception. Compare deceit, deception.
4. In bearing.–Another instance of a faulty participial construction. See also below, 71.
7. Lover. The same as friend, as below,
17, bosom lover for bosom friend. This use of the word lover was common in Shakspere's time, Brutus, in Julius Caesar, addresses the people as “ countrymen and lovers." See also Psalm xxxviii. 11.
12. Converse here means associate ; and waste simply spend.
25. Husbandry, i.e., stewardship.
Until my lord's return : for mine own part,
Only attended by Nerissa here,
There is a monastery two miles off,
I do desire you
The which my love, and some necessity,
Madam, with all my heart,
Por. My people do already know my mind,
In place of Lord Bassanio and myself.
Lor. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you.
Por. I thank you for the wish, and am well pleas'd
[Exeunt Jes. and LOR. 45 Now, Balthazar,
As I have ever found thee honest, true
In speed to Padua ; see thou render this 50 Into my cousin's hand, Doctor Bellario;
And, look, what notes and garments he doth give thee,
Which trades to Venice :-waste no time in words, 55 But get thee gone ; I shall be there before thee.
30 Until her husband and my lord's return.-As husband and lord are here two different persons, we should now give the nark of the Genitive to both words, and say, “her husband's and my lord's return."
35. Lays.—The singular, though joined to two subjects.
52. Imagined, i.e., all imaginable.
53. Tranect.-The ferry boat that leads over to Venice from the mainland.
Balth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed. [Exit.
Por. Come on, Nerissa ; I have work in hand,
Shall they see us ?
That they shall think we are accomplished
prove the prettier fellow of the two,
And speak, between the change of man and boy,
Like a fine bragging youth : and tell quaint lies, 70 How honourable ladies sought my love,
Which I denying they fell sick and died;
And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,
Above a twelvemonth :- I have within my mind
But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device 80 When I am in my coach, which stays for us
At the park gate ; and therefore haste away,
Scene V. gives us simply a humorous conversation between Launcelot, Lorenzo, and Jessica, in the garden at Belmont. It is admirably adapted to enliven the play on the stage; but does not serve at all to develop the plot.
61. Accomplished in that we lack, i e., in manly bearing, which is not the province of
72. I could not do wilhal. I did not like them.
SCENE I. — Venice. --A Court of Justice.
GRATIANO, SALARINO, SOLANIO, and others.
Duke. I am sorry for thee; thou art come to answer
I have heard
And that no lawful means can carry me 10 Out of his envy's reach, I do oppose
My patience to his fury, and an arm'd
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court. 15
Solan. He's ready at the door : he comes, my lord.
Duke. Make room, and let him stand before our face.
To the last hour of act : , and then ['tis thought]
(that) in a subjoined sentence. 9. The conjunction that, which (accord- 10. Envy's reach. -Envy is here used in ing to note 4, page 8) might have been the sense of hatred, as below, 123, and as placed after since, in the preceding line, envious, Act III. Scene 2, “But none can stands here as part of the complete con- drive him from the envious plea of forjunction, since that, which might have been feiture." See also Mark xv. 10. repeated. This is analogous to a rule of 12. A quietness. The article would be left French syntax, which requires the repeti- out in modern English. tion, not of the complete conjunction (for