The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 1

page Act 4 Scene 1 Page 17

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DUKE

He shall do this, or else I do recant
The pardon that I late pronouncèd here.

DUKE

He must do this, or I’ll recant the pardon I just delivered.

PORTIA

385Art thou contented, Jew? What dost thou say?

PORTIA

Are you satisfied, Jew? What do you say?

SHYLOCK

I am content.

SHYLOCK

I’m satisfied.

PORTIA

(to NERISSA)
   Clerk, draw a deed of gift.

PORTIA

(to NERISSA) Clerk, draw up a document to make his gift official.

SHYLOCK

I pray you, give me leave to go from hence.
I am not well. Send the deed after me,
390And I will sign it.

SHYLOCK

Please let me go. I’m not well. Send the deed after me and I’ll sign it.

DUKE

   Get thee gone, but do it.

DUKE

Go, but sign the deed.

GRATIANO

(to SHYLOCK)
In christening shalt thou have two godfathers.
Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more—
To bring thee to the gallows, not to the font.

GRATIANO

(to SHYLOCK) When you’re baptized a Christian, you’ll have two godfathers. If I’d been the judge, you would’ve had ten more—twelve jurors to sentence you to death rather than baptism.
Exit SHYLOCK
SHYLOCK exits.

DUKE

395 (to PORTIA) Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.

DUKE

(to PORTIA) Sir, please come home with me to dinner.

PORTIA

I humbly do desire your grace of pardon.
I must away this night toward Padua,
And it is meet I presently set forth.

PORTIA

I’m very sorry, sir, but I have to go to Padua tonight. I should really leave right away.

DUKE

I am sorry that your leisure serves you not.—
400Antonio, gratify this gentleman,
For in my mind you are much bound to him.

DUKE

I’m sorry you don’t have time.—Antonio, give this gentleman a reward. In my opinion, you owe him a lot.
Exit DUKE and his train
The DUKE and his entourage exit.