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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1 Page 14

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PORTIA

How now, Lorenzo?
My clerk hath some good comforts too for you.

PORTIA

How are you, Lorenzo? My clerk has some comforting news for you, too.

NERISSA

Ay, and I’ll give them him without a fee.
(gives LORENZO a document)
300There do I give to you and Jessica,
From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift,
After his death of all he dies possessed of.

NERISSA

Yes, and I’ll give it to him for free. (she gives LORENZO a document) This is from the rich Jew, for you and Jessica. It’s a special testament. After he dies, you’ll inherit everything he owns.

LORENZO

Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
Of starvèd people.

LORENZO

Ladies, you’re dropping bread from the heavens to starving people.

PORTIA

    It is almost morning,
305And yet I am sure you are not satisfied
Of these events at full. Let us go in,
And charge us there upon interr'gatories,
And we will answer all things faithfully.

PORTIA

It’s almost morning, but I’m sure you’re not fully satisfied about what happened. Let’s go inside and we’ll answer all your questions truthfully.

GRATIANO

Let it be so. The first interr'gatory
310That my Nerissa shall be sworn on is
Whether till the next night she had rather stay,
Or go to bed now, being two hours to day.
But were the day come, I should wish it dark,
That I were couching with the doctor’s clerk.
315Well, while I live I’ll fear no other thing
So sore as keeping safe Nerissa’s ring.

GRATIANO

All right, then. My first question for Nerissa is whether she’d rather wait till tomorrow night or go to bed now, since there are only two more hours till morning. When the day comes, I’ll wish it were nighttime, so I could sleep with the legal expert’s clerk. In any case, I won’t worry about anything for the rest of my life more than keeping Nerissa’s ring safe.
Exeunt
They exit.