The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1 Page 3

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STEPHANO

None but a holy hermit and her maid.
I pray you, is my master yet returned?

STEPHANO

No one except her maid and a holy hermit. Has my master returned yet?

LORENZO

35He is not, nor we have not heard from him.—
But go we in, I pray thee, Jessica,
And ceremoniously let us prepare
Some welcome for the mistress of the house.

LORENZO

No, he hasn’t, and we haven’t heard from him.—But let’s go in, Jessica. We’ll get ready to welcome the mistress of the house back home.
Enter LAUNCELOT the clown
LAUNCELOT enters.

LAUNCELOT

Sola, sola! Wo, ha, ho! Sola, sola!

LAUNCELOT

Hey, hey! Hey! Yoo-hoo!

LORENZO

40Who calls?

LORENZO

Who’s shouting?

LAUNCELOT

Sola! Did you see Master Lorenzo? Master Lorenzo, sola, sola!

LAUNCELOT

Hey! Have you seen Master Lorenzo! Master Lorenzo, hey! Hey!

LORENZO

Leave holloaing, man. Here.

LORENZO

Stop hollering, man! I’m here.

LAUNCELOT

Sola! Where, where?

LAUNCELOT

Hey! Where, where?

LORENZO

Here.

LORENZO

Here.

LAUNCELOT

45Tell him there’s a post come from my master with his horn full of good news. My master will be here ere morning.

LAUNCELOT

Tell him a messenger has arrived from my master with good news. My master will be here in the morning.
Exit LAUNCELOT
LAUNCELOT exits.

LORENZO

Sweet soul, let’s in, and there expect their coming.
And yet no matter. Why should we go in?—
My friend Stephano, signify, I pray you,
50Within the house, your mistress is at hand.
And bring your music forth into the air.

LORENZO

My dear, let’s go inside and wait for them to arrive. But I guess it doesn’t matter. Why should we go in?—Stephano, tell the household staff that your mistress is about to arrive, and bring some musicians outside here.
Exit STEPHANO
STEPHANO exits.