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There you shall find, three of your argosies
I am dumb.
not? Gra. Were you the clerk, that is to make me
cuckold ? Ner. Ay; but the clerk that never means to do it, Unless he live until he be a man.
Bass. Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow;
How now, Lorenzo ? My clerk hath some good comforts too for you. Ner. Ay, and I'll give them him without a
Lor. Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
It is almost morning,
Gra. Let it be so: The first intergatory,
Of the Merchant of Venice the style is even and easy, with few peculiarities of diction, or anomalies of construction. The comic part raises laughter, and the serious fixes expectation. The probability of either one or the other story cannot be maintained. The union of two actions in one event is in this drama eminently happy. Dryden was much pleased with his own address in connecting the two plots of his Spanish Friar, which yet, I believe, the critic will find excelled by this play.
Duke, living in exile.
• his dominions. Amiens, ) lords attending upon the Duke in his Jaques, S
banishment. Le Beau, a courtier attending upon Frederick. Charles, his wrestler.
Jaques, \ sons of sir Rowland de Bois.
Celia. daughter to Frederick.
and other attendants. The Scene lies, first, near Oliver's house ; afterwards, partly in the usurper's court, and partly in the forest of Arden.