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Duke of Venice.
Prince of Morocco,
Prince of Arragon,
suitors to Portia.
Antonio, the merchant of Venice.
Bassanio, his friend.
Salarino, friends to Antonio and Bassanio.
Lorenzo, in love with Jessica.
Shylock, a Jew.
Tubal, a Jew, his friend.
Launcelot Gobbo, a clown, servant to Shylock.
Old Gobbo, father to Launcelot.
Salerio, a messenger from Venice.
Leonardo, servant to Bassanio.
Portia, a rich heiress.
Nerissa, her waiting maid.
Jessica, daughter to Shylock.
servants to Portia.
Magnificoes of Venice, officers of the court of Justice, jailer, servants, and other attendants.
Scene, partly at Venice, and partly at Belmont, the seat of Portia, on the Continent.
MERCHANT OF VENICE.
SCENE I. Venice. A street.
Enter Antonio, Salarino, and Salanio.
IN sooth, I know not why I am so sad;
And such a want-wit sadness makes of me,
Salar. Your mind is tossing on the ocean;
The better part of my affections would
* Ships of large burthen.
Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still
And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks?
Is sad to think upon his merchandize.
Ant. Believe me, no: I thank my fortune for it, My ventures are not in one bottom trusted, Nor to one place; nor is my whole estate Upon the fortune of this present year: Therefore, my merchandize makes me not sad. Salan. Why then you are in love, Ant.
Fy, fy! Salan. Not in love neither? Then let's say, you are sad,
Because you are not merry: and 'twere as easy