The Merchant of Venice
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Enter Clowne and Iessica.Enter Launcelot the Clown and Jessica MV III.v.1
Clown. LAUNCELOT 
Yes truly; for looke you, the sinnes of the Father Yes truly, for look you, the sins of the father MV III.v.1
are to be laid vpon the children, therefore I promiseare to be laid upon the children. Therefore, I promise MV III.v.2
you, I feare you, I was alwaies plaine with you, and so now you I fear you. I was always plain with you, and so now MV III.v.3
I speake my agitation of the matter: therfore be of good I speak my agitation of the matter. Therefore be o' good MV III.v.4
cheere, for truly I thinke you are damn'd, there is butcheer, for truly I think you are damned. There is but MV III.v.5
one hope in it that can doe you anie good, and that is but a one hope in it that can do you any good, and that is but a MV III.v.6
kinde of bastard hope neither.kind of bastard hope neither. MV III.v.7
Iessica. JESSICA 
And what hope is that I pray thee?And what hope is that, I pray thee? MV III.v.8
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
Marrie you may partlie hope that your fatherMarry, you may partly hope that your fathermarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryMV III.v.9
got you not, that you are not the Iewes daughter.got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter.get (v.)beget, conceive, breedMV III.v.10
Ies. JESSICA 
That were a kinde of bastard hope indeed, so theThat were a kind of bastard hope indeed! So thebastard (adj.)illegitimate, spurious, unauthorizedMV III.v.11
sins of my mother should be visited vpon me.sins of my mother should be visited upon me.visit (v.)punish, deal withMV III.v.12
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
Truly then I feare you are damned both by Truly then, I fear you are damned both by MV III.v.13
father and mother: thus when I shun Scilla your father, father and mother. Thus when I shun Scylla your father,Scylla (n.)[pron: 'sila] rock (or sea-monster) in the Straits of Messina, opposite to CharybdisMV III.v.14
I fall into Charibdis your mother; well, you are gone I fall into Charybdis your mother. Well, you are goneCharybdis (n.)[pron: ka'ribdis] mythological whirlpool in the Straits of Messina which swallowed ships wholeMV III.v.15
both waies.both ways. MV III.v.16
Ies. JESSICA 
I shall be sau'd by my husband, he hath made I shall be saved by my husband. He hath made MV III.v.17
me a Christian.me a Christian. MV III.v.18
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
Truly the more to blame he, we were Truly, the more to blame he! We were MV III.v.19
Christians enow before, e'ne as many as could wel liue Christians enow before, e'en as many as could well liveenow (adv.)enoughMV III.v.20
one by another: this making of Christians will raise the one by another. This making Christians will raise the MV III.v.21
price of Hogs, if wee grow all to be porke-eaters, wee shall price of hogs; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall MV III.v.22
not shortlie haue a rasher on the coales for money.not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money. MV III.v.23
Enter Lorenzo.Enter Lorenzo MV III.v.24
Ies. JESSICA 
Ile tell my husband Lancelet what you say, I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say. MV III.v.24
heere he comes.Here he comes. MV III.v.25
Loren.LORENZO 
I shall grow iealous of you shortly Lancelet,I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, MV III.v.26
if you thus get my wife into corners?if you thus get my wife into corners. MV III.v.27
Ies. JESSICA 
Nay, you need not feare vs Lorenzo, LaunceletNay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo. Launcelot MV III.v.28
and I are out, he tells me flatly there is no mercy for meeand I are out. He tells me flatly there is no mercy for meout (adv.)fallen out, in a state of unfriendlinessMV III.v.29
in heauen, because I am a Iewes daughter: and hee saies you in heaven because I am a Jew's daughter, and he says you MV III.v.30
are no good member of the common wealth, for in conuerting are no good member of the commonwealth, for in converting MV III.v.31
Iewes to Christians, you raise the price of Porke.Jews to Christians you raise the price of pork. MV III.v.32
Loren. LORENZO  
(to Launcelot) MV III.v.33
I shall answere that better to the I shall answer that better to the MV III.v.33
Commonwealth, than you can the getting vp of the commonwealth than you can the getting up of the MV III.v.34
Negroes bellie: the Moore is with childe by you Negro's belly. The Moor is with child by you, MV III.v.35
Launcelet?Launcelot. MV III.v.36
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
It is much that the Moore should be more It is much that the Moor should be more MV III.v.37
then reason: but if she be lesse then an honest woman, than reason; but if she be less than an honest woman,reason (n.)reasonable view, sensible judgement, right opinionMV III.v.38
shee is indeed more then I tooke her for.she is indeed more than I took her for. MV III.v.39
Loren. LORENZO 
How euerie foole can play vpon the word, I thinke How every fool can play upon the word! I think MV III.v.40
the best grace of witte will shortly turne into silence, and the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence, andwit (n.)
old form: witte
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
MV III.v.41
discourse grow commendable in none onely but Parrats: discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots.discourse (n.)conversation, talk, chatMV III.v.42
goe in sirra, bid them prepare for dinner?Go in, sirrah, bid them prepare for dinner.sirrah (n.)sir [commanding, insulting, or familiar, depending on context]MV III.v.43
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
That is done sir, they haue all stomacks?That is done, sir. They have all stomachs.stomach (n.)
old form: stomacks
appetite, desire [for food]
MV III.v.44
Loren. LORENZO 
Goodly Lord, what a witte-snapper are you,Goodly Lord, what a wit-snapper are you!goodly (adj.)[in exclamations] goodMV III.v.45
wit-snapper (n.)
old form: witte-snapper
wisecracker, smart aleck
then bid them prepare dinner.Then bid them prepare dinner. MV III.v.46
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
That is done to sir, onely couer is the That is done too, sir. Only ‘ cover ’ is the MV III.v.47
word.word. MV III.v.48
Loren. LORENZO 
Will you couer than sir?Will you cover then, sir?cover (v.)
old form: couer
lay the table
MV III.v.49
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
Not so sir neither, I know my dutie.Not so, sir, neither. I know my duty. MV III.v.50
Loren. LORENZO 
Yet more quarrellng with occasion, wilt thouYet more quarrelling with occasion. Wilt thouoccasion (n.)circumstance, opportunityMV III.v.51
quarrel (v.)
old form: quarrellng
quibble, dispute, equivocate
shew the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant; I prayshow the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant? I praywit (n.)intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental abilityMV III.v.52
thee vnderstand a plaine man in his plaine meaning: goethee understand a plain man in his plain meaning: go MV III.v.53
to thy fellowes, bid them couer the table, serue in theto thy fellows, bid them cover the table, serve in theserve in (v.)
old form: serue
supply, provide, deal out
MV III.v.54
meat, and we will come in to dinner.meat, and we will come in to dinner. MV III.v.55
Clow. LAUNCELOT 
For the table sir, it shall be seru'd in, forFor the table, sir, it shall be served in; for MV III.v.56
the meat sir, it shall bee couered, for your comming in tothe meat, sir, it shall be covered; for your coming in to MV III.v.57
dinner sir, why let it be as humors and conceits shall dinner, sir, why, let it be as humours and conceits shallhumour (n.)
old form: humors
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
MV III.v.58
conceit (n.)view, opinion, judgement
gouerne. govern. MV III.v.59
Exit Clowne.Exit Launcelot MV III.v.59
Lor. LORENZO 
O deare discretion, how his words are suted,O dear discretion, how his words are suited!suited (adj.)
old form: suted
dressed up, set out, adapted
MV III.v.60
The foole hath planted in his memoryThe fool hath planted in his memory MV III.v.61
An Armie of good words, and I doe knowAn army of good words; and I do know MV III.v.62
A many fooles that stand in better place,A many fools that stand in better place,place (n.)position, post, office, rankMV III.v.63
Garnisht like him, that for a tricksie wordGarnished like him, that for a tricksy wordgarnish (v.)
old form: Garnisht
provide with a good supply [of words]
MV III.v.64
tricksy (adj.)
old form: tricksie
full of tricks, cleverly playful
Defie the matter: how cheer'st thou Iessica,Defy the matter. How cheer'st thou, Jessica?cheer thou / you?, how
old form: cheer'st
how are you feeling
MV III.v.65
matter (n.)significance, import, meaning
defy (v.)
old form: Defie
reject, despise, disdain, renounce
And now good sweet say thy opinion,And now, good sweet, say thy opinion, MV III.v.66
How dost thou like the Lord Bassiano's wife?How dost thou like the Lord Bassanio's wife? MV III.v.67
Iessi. JESSICA 
Past all expressing, it is very meetePast all expressing. It is very meetmeet (adj.)
old form: meete
fit, suitable, right, proper
MV III.v.68
The Lord Bassanio liue an vpright lifeThe Lord Bassanio live an upright life, MV III.v.69
For hauing such a blessing in his Lady,For having such a blessing in his lady, MV III.v.70
He findes the ioyes of heauen heere on earth,He finds the joys of heaven here on earth, MV III.v.71
And if on earth he doe not meane it, itAnd if on earth he do not merit it, MV III.v.72
Is reason he should neuer come to heauen?In reason he should never come to heaven.reason (n.)power of reason, judgement, common-sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]MV III.v.73
Why, if two gods should play some heauenly match,Why, if two gods should play some heavenly match MV III.v.74
And on the wager lay two earthly women,And on the wager lay two earthly women, MV III.v.75
And Portia one: there must be something elseAnd Portia one, there must be something else MV III.v.76
Paund with the other, for the poore rude worldPawned with the other, for the poor rude worldpawn (v.)
old form: Paund
stake, pledge, risk
MV III.v.77
rude (adj.)violent, harsh, unkind
Hath not her fellow.Hath not her fellow. MV III.v.78.1
Loren. LORENZO 
Euen such a husbandEven such a husband MV III.v.78.2
Hast thou of me, as she is for a wife.Hast thou of me as she is for a wife. MV III.v.79
Ies. JESSICA 
Nay, but aske my opinion to of that?Nay, but ask my opinion too of that! MV III.v.80
Lor. LORENZO 
I will anone, first let vs goe to dinner?I will anon. First let us go to dinner.anon (adv.)
old form: anone
soon, shortly, presently
MV III.v.81
Ies. JESSICA 
Nay, let me praise you while I haue a stomacke?Nay, let me praise you while I have a stomach.stomach (n.)
old form: stomacke
wish, inclination, desire
MV III.v.82
Lor. LORENZO 
No pray thee, let it serue for table talke,No, pray thee, let it serve for table-talk, MV III.v.83
Then how som ere thou speakst 'mong other things,Then, howsome'er thou speak'st, 'mong other things MV III.v.84
I shall digest it?I shall digest it.digest, disgest (v.)endure, brook, put up withMV III.v.85.1
Iessi. JESSICA 
Well, Ile set you forth. Well, I'll set you forth.set forth (v.)praise, commend, extolMV III.v.85.2
Exeunt.Exeunt MV III.v.85
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