William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene II

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Scene II

The same. A street

Enter Portia and Nerissa


Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed
And let him sign it: we'll away to-night
And be a day before our husbands home:
This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.

Enter Gratiano


Fair sir, you are well o'erta'en
My Lord Bassanio upon more advice
Hath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat
Your company at dinner.


That cannot be:
His ring I do accept most thankfully:
And so, I pray you, tell him: furthermore,
I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house.


That will I do.


Sir, I would speak with you.

Aside to Portia

I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,
Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.


Aside to Nerissa

Thou mayst, I warrant.
We shall have old swearing
That they did give the rings away to men;
But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.


Away! make haste: thou knowist where I will tarry.


Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?


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