The Merchant of Venice: Act 2, Scene 5
Enter [SHYLOCK the] Jew and
his man that was: former servant.
[LAUNCELOT,] his man that was, the Clown.
1Well, thou shalt see, thy eyes shall be thy judge,
2. of: between.
2The difference of old Shylock and Bassanio:
3. gormandize: overeat.
3What, Jessica!thou shalt not gormandize,
4As thou hast done with me:What, Jessica!
5. rend apparel out: ruin your clothes by rough use.
5And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out;
6Why, Jessica, I say!
7Who bids thee call? I do not bid thee call.
8Your worship was wont to tell me that
9I could do nothing without bidding.
10Call you? what is your will?
11I am bid forth to supper, Jessica:
12There are my keys. But wherefore should I go?
13I am not bid for love; they flatter me:
14But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon
15The prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,
16Look to my house. I am right loath to go:
17There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
18. dream of money-bags: It was considered unlucky to dream of money. tonight: last night.
18For I did dream of money-bags tonight.
19I beseech you, sir, go: my young master doth expect
20. reproach: blunder for approach; i.e., coming. (Shylock takes it in grim humor).
21So do I his.
22An they have conspired together, I will not say you
23shall see a masque; but if you do, then it was not
24. nose fell a-bleeding: A sign of bad luck.
24for nothing that my nose fell a-bleeding on
25. Black Monday: Easter Monday (so called because of a particular Easter Monday, in 1360, when bitterly cold weather caused many deaths). Launcelot's nonsense in this passage derides Shylock's superstition about his dream.
25Black-Monday last at six o'clock i' the morning,
26falling out that year on Ash-Wednesday was four
27year, in the afternoon.
28What, are there masques? Hear you me, Jessica:
29Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum
30. wry-neck'd fife: fife-player (or fife played) with head twisted to one side. Like drum in line 29, fife can refer either to the instrument or to the player.
30And the vile squealing of the wry-neck'd fife,
31Clamber not you up to the casements then,
32Nor thrust your head into the public street
33. varnish'd faces: i.e., painted masks.
33To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces,
34But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements:
35. fopp'ry: foolishness.
35Let not the sound of shallow fopp'ry enter
36. Jacob's staff: See Genesis 32:10 and Hebrews 11:21.
36My sober house. By Jacob's staff, I swear,
37I have no mind of feasting forth tonight:
38But I will go. Go you before me, sirrah;
39Say I will come.
40I will go before, sir. Mistress, look out at
41. for an this: i.e., despite all that Shylock has said.
41window, for all this:
42There will come a Christian by,
43Will be worth a Jewess' eye.
44. Hagar's offspring: Hagar was a Gentile, and Ishmael, her son by Abraham, became an outcast.
44What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha?
45His words were "Farewell mistress," nothing else.
46. patch: fool.
46The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder;
47. profit: profitable labor, improvement, proficiency.
47Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
48More than the wild-cat: drones hive not with me;
49Therefore I part with him, and part with him
50To one that would have him help to waste
51His borrow'd purse. Well, Jessica, go in;
52Perhaps I will return immediately:
53Do as I bid you; shut doors after you:
54Fast bind, fast find;
55A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
56Farewell; and if my fortune be not crossed,
57I have a father, you a daughter, lost.