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silence; and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots.-Go in, sirrah; bid them prepare for dinner.
Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stomachs.
Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you ! then bid them prepare dinner.
Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the word.
Lor. Will you cover then, sir?
Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion! Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant? I pray thee, understand a plain man in his plain meaning: go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.
Laun. For the table, sir, it shall be served in; for the meat, sir, it shall be covered; for your coming in to dinner, sir, why, let it be as humours and conceits shall govern. [Exit LAUNCELOT.
Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are suited! The fool hath planted in his memory An army of good words; And I do know A many fools, that stand in better place, Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word Defy the matter. How cheer'st thou, Jessica? And now, good sweet, say thy opinion, How dost thou like the lord Bassanio's wife?
Jes. Past all expressing: It is very meet, The lord Bassanio live an upright life; For, having such a blessing in his lady, He finds the joys of heaven here on earth; And, if on earth he do not mean it, it Is reason he should never come to heaven. Why, if two gods should play some heavenly match, And on the wager lay two earthly women, And Portia one, there must be something else
Pawn'd with the other; for the poor rude world
Even such a husband
Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that.
Lor. No, pray thee, let it serve for table-talk;
you forth. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. Venice. A Court of Justice.
Enter the Duke, the Magnificoes; Antonio, Bas
SANIO, GRATIANO, SALARINO, SALANIO, and
A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
dram of mercy.
I have heard, Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate, And that no lawful means can carry me Out of his envy's reach,' I do oppose My patience to his fury; and am arm’d To suffer, with a quietness of spirit, The very tyranny and rage of his.
his envy's reach,] Enry in this place means hatred or malice.
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court. Salan. He's ready at the door: he comes, my
Duke. Make room, and let him stand before our
you deny it, let the danger light
remorse,] i. e. pity.
where -] For whereas. VOL. III.
A weight of carrion flesh, than to receive
Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,
Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my an-
the beach, And bid the main flood bate his usual height;
you question -] To question is to converse.
You may as well use question with the wolf,
Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six.
none? Shy. What judgment shall I dread, doing no
g? You have among you many a purchas'd slave, Which, like your asses, and your dogs, and mules, You use in abject and in slavish parts, Because you bought them :-Shall I say to you, Let them be free, marry them to your heirs ? Why sweat they under burdens ? let their beds Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates Be season'd with such viands? You will answer, The slaves are ours:
So do I answer you: The pound of flesh, which I demand of him, Is dearly bought, is mine, and I will have it: If
you deny me, fye upon your law! There is no force in the decrees of Venice:
many a purchas'd slave,] This argument, considered as used to the particular persons, seems conclusive. I see not how Venetians or Englishmen, while they practise the purchase and sale of slaves, can much enforce or demand the law of doing to others as we would that they should do to us. Johnson.