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Act 2, Scene 8

[Enter SALARINO and SALANIO]

SALARINO: Why, man, I saw Bassanio under sail:
With him is Gratiano gone along;
And in their ship I am sure Lorenzo is not.

SALANIO: The villain Jew with outcries raised the duke,
Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.     [5]

SALARINO: He came too late, the ship was under sail:
But there the duke was given to understand
That in a gondola were seen together
Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica:
Besides, Antonio certified the duke     [10]
They were not with Bassanio in his ship.

SALANIO: I never heard a passion so confused,
So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
As the dog Jew did utter in the streets:
'My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!     [15]
Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
Of double ducats, stolen from me by my daughter!
And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,     [20]
Stolen by my daughter! Justice! find the girl;
She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.'

SALARINO: Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,
Crying, his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.

SALANIO: Let good Antonio look he keep his day,     [25]
Or he shall pay for this.

SALARINO: Marry, well remember'd.
I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday,
Who told me, in the narrow seas that part
The French and English, there miscarried     [30]
A vessel of our country richly fraught:
I thought upon Antonio when he told me;
And wish'd in silence that it were not his.

SALANIO: You were best to tell Antonio what you hear;
Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.     [35]

SALARINO: A kinder gentleman treads not the earth.
I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
Bassanio told him he would make some speed
Of his return: he answer'd, 'Do not so;
Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio     [40]
But stay the very riping of the time;
And for the Jew's bond which he hath of me,
Let it not enter in your mind of love:
Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
To courtship and such fair ostents of love     [45]
As shall conveniently become you there:'
And even there, his eye being big with tears,
Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
And with affection wondrous sensible
He wrung Bassanio's hand; and so they parted.     [50]

SALANIO: I think he only loves the world for him.
I pray thee, let us go and find him out
And quicken his embraced heaviness
With some delight or other.

SALARINO: Do we so.     [55]

[Exeunt]


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