The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 6

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LORENZO

    So are you, sweet,
45Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.
But come at once,
For the close night doth play the runaway,
And we are stayed for at Bassanio’s feast.

LORENZO

You’re hidden away, sweetheart, dressed up like a boy. Come on quickly. Time flies at night, and we’re late for Bassanio’s feast.

JESSICA

I will make fast the doors and gild myself
50With some more ducats, and be with you straight.

JESSICA

I’ll lock up the doors, grab some more ducats, and be with you right away.
Exit JESSICA above
JESSICA exits from above.

GRATIANO

Now, by my hood, a gentle and no Jew.

GRATIANO

My God, she can’t be a Jew, she’s too nice!

LORENZO

Beshrew me but I love her heartily.
For she is wise, if I can judge of her.
And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true.
55And true she is, as she hath proved herself.
And therefore, like herself—wise, fair and true—
Shall she be placèd in my constant soul.

LORENZO

God, I’m crazy about her. She’s wise, if I’m judging her right. She’s beautiful, if my eyes can see. And she’s loyal, as she has proven. And as long as she’s herself—wise, beautiful, and faithful—she’ll always have a place in my heart.
Enter JESSICA
JESSICA enters.
What, art thou come?—On, gentlemen, away!
Our masquing mates by this time for us stay.
Ah, you’re here?—Come on, gentlemen, let’s go! Our masquerade mates are waiting for us.
Exit LORENZO with JESSICA and SALARINO
LORENZO, JESSICA, and SALARINO exit.
Enter ANTONIO
ANTONIO enters.

ANTONIO

60Who’s there?

ANTONIO

Who’s there?

GRATIANO

   Signor Antonio?

GRATIANO

Signor Antonio?