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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.


The Merchant of Venice: Act 4, Scene 2





1. deed: i.e., the deed of gift.
           Enter PORTIA and NERISSA.

      PORTIA
  1   Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed
  2   And let him sign it: we'll away tonight
  3   And be a day before our husbands home:
  4   This deed will be well welcome to Lorenzo.

           Enter GRATIANO.

      GRATIANO
  5   Fair sir, you are well o'erta'en
6. more advice: further consideration.
  6   My Lord Bassanio upon more advice
  7   Hath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat
  8   Your company at dinner.

      PORTIA
  8                                         That cannot be:
  9   His ring I do accept most thankfully:
 10   And so, I pray you, tell him: furthermore,
 11   I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house.

      GRATIANO
 12   That will I do.

      NERISSA
 12                Sir, I would speak with you.

           [Aside to PORTIA.]

 13   I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,
 14   Which 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."
 15   Thou mayst, I warrant. We shall have old swearing
 16   That they did give the rings away to men;
 17   But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.

           [Aloud.]

 18   Away! make haste: thou knowist where I will tarry.

      NERISSA
 19   Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?

           Exeunt.