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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.
Salério, a messenger from Venice.
Leonarde, servant to Bassanio.
Portia, a rich heiress.
Nerissa, her waiting-maid.
Jessica, daughter to Shylock.
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,
That curt'sy to them, do them reverence,
As they fly by them with their woven wings.
The better part of my affections would
Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still Plucking the grass, to know where sits the wind;
I Ships of large burthen.
Peering in maps, for ports, and piers, and roads;
My wind, cooling my broth,
Vailing her high-top lower than her ribs,
To kiss her burial. Should I go to church,
And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks?
And now worth nothing? Shall I have the thought
That such a thing, bechanc'd, would make me sad? But, tell not me; I know, Antonio
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
Therefore, my merchandize makes me not sad.
Salan. Not in love neither? Then let's say, you