The Merchant of Venice Translation Act 2, Scene 4
Enter GRATIANO, LORENZO, SALERIO, and SOLANIO
Nay, we will slink away in supper time,Disguise us at my lodging, and return,All in an hour.
No, we'll sneak off at dinner, disguise ourselves at my house, and then get back here all in an hour.
We have not made good preparation.
We haven't prepared well enough for this.
We have not spoke us yet of torchbearers.
We haven't got ourselves torchbearers yet.
'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly ordered,And better in my mind not undertook.
Unless we plan carefully, this will turn out badly, and it will be better not to try this.
'Tis now but four o'clock. We have two hoursTo furnish us.
It's only four o'clock now. We have two hours to get ready.
Enter LAUNCELOT with a letter
Friend Launcelot, what’s the news?
My friend Launcelot, what's the news?
[giving LORENZO the letter] An it shall please you to break up this, it shall seemto signify.
I know the hand. In faith, ’tis a fair hand,And whiter than the paper it writ onIs the fair hand that writ.
Love news, in faith?
[to LORENZO] By your leave, sir.
Whither goest thou?
Marry, sir, to bid my old master the Jew to sup tonightwith my new master the Christian.
[giving LAUNCELOT money] Hold here, take this. Tell gentle Jessica I will not fail her. Speak it privately.— Go, gentlemen, Will you prepare you for this masque tonight? I am provided of a torchbearer.
Exit LAUNCELOT the clown
Ay, marry, I’ll be gone about it straight.
And so will I.
Meet me and GratianoAt Gratiano’s lodging some hour hence.
'Tis good we do so.
Exeunt SALERIO and SOLANIO
Was not that letter from fair Jessica?
I must needs tell thee all. She hath directed How I shall take her from her father’s house, What gold and jewels she is furnished with, What page’s suit she hath in readiness. If e'er the Jew her father come to heaven, It will be for his gentle daughter’s sake. And never dare Misfortune cross her foot Unless she do it under this excuse: That she is issue to a faithless Jew. Come, go with me. [gives GRATIANO the letter] Peruse this as thou goest. Fair Jessica shall be my torchbearer.
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