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By being peevish? I tell thee what, Antonio-
Do cream and mantle like a standing pond, 90 And do a wilful stillness entertain,
With purpose to be dress’d in an opinion
And when I ope my lips let no dog bark !” 95 O my Antonio, I do know of these
That therefore only are reputed wise
Which, hearing them, would call their brothers fools. 100 I'll tell thee more of this another time:
But fish not, with this melancholy bait,
I'll end my exhortation after dinner.
I must be one of these same dumb wise men,
Gra. Well, keep me company but two years moe, Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own tongue. 110 Ant. Farewell: I'll grow a talker for this gear.
Gra. Thanks, i' faith, for silence is only commendable In a neat's tongue dried and a maid not vendible.
[E.ceunt GRATIANO and LORENZO. Ant. Is that any thing now?
Bass. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more 115 than any man in all Venice. His reasons are as two grains
of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff: you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search.
Ant. Well, tell me now what lady is the same
120 To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage,
Bass. 'Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,
By something showing a more swelling port
Nor do I now make moan to be abridged
chief care Is to come fairly off from the great debts
Wherein my time something too prodigal 130 Hath left me gaged. To you, Antonio,
I owe the most, in money and in love,
Ant. I pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it;
Lie all unlock’d to your occasions. 140 Bass. In my school-days, when I had lost one shaft,
I shot his fellow of the self-same flight
I oft found both: I urge this childhood proof, 145 Because what follows is pure innocence.
I owe you much, and, like a wilful youth,
Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt, 150 As I will watch the aim, or to find both
Or bring your latter hazard back again
Ant. You know me well, and herein spend but time
155 And out of doubt you do me now more wrong
In making question of my uttermost.
had made waste of all I have : Then do but say to me what I should do
That in your knowledge may by me be done, 160 And I am prest unto it: therefore, speak.
Bass. In Belmont is a lady richly left;
I did receive fair speechless messages :
To Cato's daughter, Brutus' Portia :
Renowned suitors, and her sunny locks 170 Hang on her temples like a golden fleece;
Which makes her seat of Belmont Colchos' strand,
To hold a rival place with one of them, 175 I have a mind presages me such thrift, That I should questionless be fortunate!
Ant. Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea; Neither have I money nor commodity
To raise a present sum: therefore go forth; 180 Try what my credit can in Venice do:
That shall be rack’d, even to the uttermost,
Where money is, and I no question make 185 To have it of my trust or for my sake.