The Merchant of Venice Translation Act 4, Scene 2
Enter PORTIA and NERISSA, both disguised
Inquire the Jew’s house out. Give him this deed, And let him sign it. We’ll away tonight, And be a day before our husbands home. This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.
Go to the Jew's house. Give him this contract and have him sign it. We'll leave tonight and be home a day before our husbands return. Lorenzo will be happy to see this contract.
[giving PORTIA BASSANIO’s ring] 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.
[He gives BASSANIO's ring to PORTIA] Fair sir, I'm glad I caught up with you. After thinking it over, my Lord Bassanio has sent this ring to you and also invites you to 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.
I cannot make it to dinner, but I accept the ring gratefully. Please relate my thanks to Bassanio. Also, can you show my young man here to old Shylock's house?
That will I do.
[to PORTIA] 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 know’st where I will tarry.
[to GRATIANO] Come, good sir. Will you show me to this house?
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