The Merchant of Venice


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Gratiano, Lorenzo, Salerio, and Solanio


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.


SALERIO

We have not spoke us yet of torchbearers.
speak of (v.) organize, order, sort out


SOLANIO

'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly ordered,
quaintly (adv.) 2 elaborately, artistically, with skill
vile, vild (adj.) 1 degrading, ignominious, worthless

And better in my mind not undertook.


LORENZO

'Tis now but four of clock. We have two hours

To furnish us.

Enter Launcelot with a letter
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess

                         Friend Launcelot, what's the news?


LAUNCELOT

An it shall please you to break up this, it
break up (v.) 1 break, open [a seal]

shall seem to signify.
signify (v.) report, make known, declare


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 tonight with my new master the Christian.
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count


LORENZO

(Gives money)
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

Hold here, take this. Tell gentle Jessica

I will not fail her. Speak it privately.

Exit Launcelot

Go, gentlemen;

Will you prepare you for this masque tonight?

I am provided of a torchbearer.


SALERIO

Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


SOLANIO

And so will I.


LORENZO

                         Meet me and Gratiano

At Gratiano's lodging some hour hence.


SALERIO

'Tis good we do so.

Exit with Solanio


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 furnished with,
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess

What page's suit she hath in readiness.
suit (n.) 4 clothing, dress, garb

If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven,

It will be for his gentle daughter's sake;
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

And never dare misfortune cross her foot,

Unless she do it under this excuse,

That she is issue to a faithless Jew.
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

Come, go with me; peruse this as thou goest.

Fair Jessica shall be my torchbearer.

Exit with Gratiano

 
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