The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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Some that will evermore peep through their eyes
And laugh like parrots at a bagpiper,
And other of such vinegar aspect
55That they’ll not show their teeth in way of smile
Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.
Some people will laugh at anything, and others are so grouchy they won’t even crack a smile when they hear something hysterically funny.
Enter BASSANIO, LORENZO, and GRATIANO
BASSANIO, LORENZO, and GRATIANO enter.
Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman,
Gratiano, and Lorenzo. Fare ye well.
We leave you now with better company.
Here comes your cousin Bassanio. And Gratiano and Lorenzo too. Goodbye, then. We’ll leave you to talk to them. They’re better company.

SALARINO

60I would have stayed till I had made you merry
If worthier friends had not prevented me.

SALARINO

I would’ve stayed to cheer you up, if your nobler friends hadn’t shown up.

ANTONIO

Your worth is very dear in my regard.
I take it your own business calls on you
And you embrace th' occasion to depart.

ANTONIO

You’re both very precious to me. But I understand. You need to leave to take care of your own business.

SALARINO

65 (to BASSANIO, LORENZO, GRATIANO)
Good morrow, my good lords.

SALARINO

(to BASSANIO, LORENZO, and GRATIANO) Good morning, gentlemen.

BASSANIO

(to SALARINO and SOLANIO)
Good signors both, when shall we laugh? Say, when?
You grow exceeding strange. Must it be so?

BASSANIO

(to SALARINO and SOLANIO) Hello, friends. When are we going to have fun together again? Just name the time. We never see you anymore. Does it have to be that way?

SALARINO

70We’ll make our leisures to attend on yours.

SALARINO

Let us know when you want to get together. We’re available.
Exeunt SALARINO and SOLANIO
SALARINO and SOLANIO exit.

LORENZO

My Lord Bassanio, since you have found Antonio,
We two will leave you. But at dinnertime
I pray you have in mind where we must meet.

LORENZO

Bassanio, we’ll say goodbye for now, since you’ve found Antonio. But don’t forget, we’re meeting for dinner tonight.

BASSANIO

I will not fail you.

BASSANIO

Don’t worry, I’ll be there.