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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

page Act 3 Scene 2 Page 8

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PORTIA

    Is this true, Nerissa?

PORTIA

Is that true, Nerissa?

NERISSA

Madam, it is, so you stand pleased withal.

NERISSA

Yes, madam, it is, if it’s all right with you.

BASSANIO

215And do you, Gratiano, mean good faith?

BASSANIO

And do you mean what you’re saying, Gratiano?

GRATIANO

Yes, faith, my lord.

GRATIANO

Yes, my lord.

BASSANIO

Our feast shall be much honored in your marriage.

BASSANIO

Then we’d be honored to have you join us in our wedding ceremony.

GRATIANO

(to NERISSA) We’ll play with them the first boy for a thousand ducats.

GRATIANO

(to NERISSA) Let’s bet them a thousand ducats that we will have a son first.

NERISSA

220What, and stake down?

NERISSA

You want to stake the money down now?

GRATIANO

No, we shall ne'er win at that sport and stake down. But who comes here? Lorenzo and his infidel? What, and my old Venetian friend Salerio?

GRATIANO

Hey, if I lay down my “

stake

Gratiano puns on “stake” as both money that is bet and penis.

stake
,” I’ll never be able to have a son. But who’s this coming? Lorenzo and his pagan girlfriend? What, and my old Venetian friend Salerio?
Enter LORENZO, JESSICA, and SALERIO, a messenger from Venice
LORENZO and JESSICA enter with SALERIO, a messenger from Venice.

BASSANIO

Lorenzo and Salerio, welcome hither,
225If that the youth of my new interest here
Have power to bid you welcome.
(to PORTIA)    
     By your leave,
I bid my very friends and countrymen,
Sweet Portia, welcome.

BASSANIO

Welcome, Lorenzo and Salerio. I hope my position in this new house is firm enough to allow me the right to welcome my friends.
(to PORTIA) With your permission, Portia, I welcome my good friends and countrymen.