The Merchant of Venice: Act 4, Scene 2
Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.
1Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed
2And let him sign it: we'll away tonight
3And be a day before our husbands home:
4This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.
5Fair sir, you are well o'erta'en
6. more advice: further consideration.
6My Lord Bassanio upon more advice
7Hath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat
8Your company at dinner.
8That cannot be:
9His ring I do accept most thankfully:
10And so, I pray you, tell him: furthermore,
11I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house.
12That will I do.
12Sir, I would speak with you.
[Aside to PORTIA.]
13I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,
14Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.
PORTIA [Aside to NERISSA.]
15. old: predictable. A form of this colloquialism survives today (C.E. 2016) in the phrase "good old boy."
15Thou mayst, I warrant. We shall have old swearing
16That they did give the rings away to men;
17But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.
18Away! make haste: thou knowist where I will tarry.
19Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?