The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 2

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If I serve not him, I will run as far as God has any ground.—O rare fortune! Here comes the man.—To him, Father, for I am a Jew if I serve the Jew any longer.
If I can’t get a job with him, I’ll run away to the ends of the earth.—Oh look, this is lucky, here comes Master Bassanio now.—Let’s go talk to him, Father. If I work for the

Jew

Launcelot uses the word “Jew” as a term of abuse here.

Jew
any longer, you can just call me a Jew.
Enter BASSANIO with LEONARDO and another follower or two
BASSANIO enters with LEONARDO and an attendant or two.

BASSANIO

(to a follower) You may do so, but let it be so hasted that supper be ready at the farthest by five of the clock. See these letters delivered, put the liveries to making, and desire Gratiano to come anon to my lodging.

BASSANIO

(to an attendant) All right, go ahead. But do everything quickly. Supper must be ready at five at the latest. Make sure these letters get delivered, get the uniforms made, and tell Gratiano to come visit me soon.
Exit follower
The attendant exits.

LAUNCELOT

To him, Father.

LAUNCELOT

Go talk to him, father.

GOBBO

(to BASSANIO) God bless your worship!

GOBBO

(to BASSANIO) God bless you, sir!

BASSANIO

Gramercy! Wouldst thou aught with me?

BASSANIO

Thank you. What do you want with me?

GOBBO

90Here’s my son, sir, a poor boy—

GOBBO

This is my son, sir. He’s a poor boy—

LAUNCELOT

Not a poor boy, sir, but the rich Jew’s man that would, sir, as my father shall specify—

LAUNCELOT

Not a poor boy, but the rich Jew’s servant, who wants, as my father will explain—

GOBBO

He hath a great infection, sir, as one would say, to serve—

GOBBO

He wants very much, sir, as one might say, to work for—

LAUNCELOT

Indeed the short and the long is, I serve the Jew and have a desire, as my father shall specify—

LAUNCELOT

To put it briefly, I work for the Jew, and I want, as my father will tell you—