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William Shakespeare (1564–1616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914.

Act IV. Scene II.

The Merchant of Venice

The Same.A Street.


Por.Inquire the Jew’s house out, give him this deed,

And let him sign it. We’ll away to-night,

And be a day before our husbands home:

This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.


Gra.Fair sir, you are well o’erta’en.

My Lord Bassanio upon more advice

Hath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat

Your company at dinner.

Por.That cannot be:

His ring I do accept most thankfully;

And so, I pray you, tell him: furthermore,

I pray you, show my youth old Shylock’s house.

Gra.That will I do.

Ner.Sir, I would speak with you.

[Aside to PORTIA.]I’ll see if I can get my husband’s ring,

Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.

Por.Thou mayst, I warrant. We shall have old swearing

That they did give the rings away to men;

But we’ll outface them, and outswear them too.

Away! make haste: thou know’st where I will tarry.

Ner.Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?[Exeunt.