Act II, Scene 4 The same. A street.

Enter GRATIANO, LORENZO, SALARINO, and SALANIO

 

LORENZO Nay, we will slink away in supper-time,
Disguise us at my lodging and return,
All in an hour.
GRATIANO We have not made good preparation.
SALARINO We have not spoke us yet of torchbearers.
SALANIO 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd,
And better in my mind not undertook.
LORENZO 'Tis now but four o'clock: we have two hours
To furnish us.
  [Enter LAUNCELOT, with a letter]
  Friend Launcelot, what's the news?
LAUNCELOT An it shall please you to break up
this, it shall seem to signify.
LORENZO I know the hand: in faith, 'tis a fair hand;
And whiter than the paper it writ on
Is the fair hand that writ.
GRATIANO Love-news, in faith.
LAUNCELOT By your leave, sir.
LORENZO Whither goest thou?
LAUNCELOT Marry, sir, to bid my old master the
Jew to sup to-night with my new master the Christian.
LORENZO Hold here, take this: tell gentle Jessica
I will not fail her; speak it privately.
Go, gentlemen,
  [Exit Launcelot]
  Will you prepare you for this masque tonight?
I am provided of a torch-bearer.
SALANIO Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.
SALANIO And so will I.
LORENZO Meet me and Gratiano
At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence.
SALARINO 'Tis good we do so.
  [Exeunt SALARINO and SALANIO]
GRATIANO Was not that letter from fair Jessica?
LORENZO I must needs tell thee all. She hath directed
How I shall take her from her father's house,
What gold and jewels she is furnish'd with,
What page's suit she hath in readiness.
If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven,
It will be for his gentle daughter's sake:
And never dare misfortune cross her foot,
Unless she do it under this excuse,
That she is issue to a faithless Jew.
Come, go with me; peruse this as thou goest:
Fair Jessica shall be my torch-bearer.
  [Exeunt]

 

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Full Text Act II, Scene 8 Venice A Street
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Act I, Scene 3 Venice A public place. Act III, Scene 2 Belmont A room in Portia's House
Act II, Scene 1 Belmont A room in Portia's House. Act III, Scene 3 Venice a street
Act II, Scene 2 Venice a street Act III, Scene 4 Belmont A room in Portia's House
Act II, Scene 3 Venice A room in Shylock's house. Act III, Scene 5 The Same A garden
Act II, Scene 4 The Same a street. Act IV, Scene 1 Venice A court of Justice
Act II, Scene 5 Before Shylock's house. Act IV, Scene 2 The same a street
Act II, Scene 6 The same. Act V, Scene 1Avenue to Portia's House
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