The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 4

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NERISSA

80Why, shall we turn to men?

NERISSA

Why, are we turning to men?

PORTIA

Fie, what a question’s that
If thou wert near a lewd interpreter!
But come, I’ll tell thee all my whole device
When I am in my coach, which stays for us
85At the park gate. And therefore haste away,
For we must measure twenty miles today.

PORTIA

What kind of question is that! If I had a dirty mind, I’d think you meant turning to men for sex. Here, I’ll tell you my whole plan in my carriage, which is waiting for us at the gate. So hurry up, because we have twenty miles to cover today.
Exeunt
They exit.