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Enter a Servant. Serv. Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house, and desires to speak with you both. Salar. We have been up and down to seek him.
Enter Tubal. Salan. Here comes another of the tribe ; a third cannot be matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew.
Exeunt Salan. Salar. and Servant. Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? hast thou found my daughter?
Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her.
Shy. Why there, there, there, there! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort ! The curse never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it till now :two thousand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels.- I would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! 'would she were hears'd at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin ! No news of them ?-Why, so :-and I know not what's spent in the search : Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with sɔ much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge: nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders; no sighs, but o' my breathing; no tears, but o' my shedding.
Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Antonio, as I heard in Genoa,
Shy. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck ?
Tub. -hath an argosy cast away, coming from Tripolis.
Shy. I thank God, I thank God :- Is it true? is it true?
Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.
Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, good news: ha! ha!Where? in Genoa ?
Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.
Shy. Thou stick’st a dagger in me:--I shall never see my gold again : Fourscore ducats at a sitting ! fourscore ducats!
Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but break.
Shy. I am very glad of it: I'll plague him ; I'll torture him ; I am glad of it.
T'ub. One of them showed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.
Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal : it was my turquoise ;' I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelor : I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkies.
Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone.
Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true; Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before: I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I will; Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; go, good Tubal ; at our synagogue, Tubal.
[Exeunt. SCENE II.—Belmont. A room in Portia's
house. Enter Bassanio, Portia, Gratiano, Nerissa, and attendants. The caskets are set out.
Por. I pray you, tarry; pause a day or two, Before you hazard; for, in choosing wrong, I lose your company; therefore, forbcar a while. There's something tells me (but it is not love,) I would not lose you ; and you know yourself, Hate counsels not in such a quality : But lest you should not understand me well (And yet a maiden hath no tongue but thougnt,) I would detain you here some month or two, Before you venture for me. I could teach you, How to choose right, but then I am forsworn; So will I never be: So may you miss me ;
(1) A precious stone.
But if you do, you'll make me wish a sin
To eke it, and to draw it out in length,
Let me choose;
Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess What treason there is mingled with your love.
Bass. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust, Which makes me fear the enjoying of my love : There may as well be amity and life 'Tween snow and fire, as treason and my love.
Por. Ay, but, I fear, you speak upon the rack, Where men enforced do speak any thing.
Bass. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.
Confess, and love,
Por. Away then: I am lock'd in one of them; If you do love me, you will find me out.Nerissa, and the rest, stand all aloof.Let music sound, while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music: that the comparison May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream, And wat’ry death-bed for him : He may win; And what is music then ? then music is
Even as the flourish when true subjects bow
Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourished ?
With gazing fed; and fancy dies
Let us all ring fancy's knell ;
All. Ding, dong, bell.
(1) Dignity of mien.
There is no vice so simple, but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk? And these assume but valour's excrement, To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it: So are those crispedl snaky golden locks, Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known To be the dowry of a second head, The scull that bred them in the sepulchre. Thus ornament is but the guiled2 shore To a most dangerous sea ; the beauteous scarf Veiling an Indian beauty ; in a word, The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy gold, Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee : Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge 'Tween man and man: but thou, thou meagre lead, Which rather threat'nest, than doth promise aught, Thy plainness moves me more than eloquence! And here choose I: Joy be the consequence!
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air, As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embrac'd despair, And shudd'ring fear and green-ey'd jealousy. O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy, In nieasure rain thy joy, scant this excess; I feel too much thy blessing, make it less, For fear I surfeit! Bass.
What find I here?
[Opening the leaden casket. Fair Portia's counterfeit? What demi-god
(1) Curled. (2) Treacherous.