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To find the other forth; 1 and by adventuring 2 both,
Antonio. You know me well, and herein spend but time,
Bassanio. In Belmont is a lady richly left,
1. i. e, to find the other out, to so many words, and not to address discover the other.
yourself direct to my love. 2. To adventure, to venture, to risk. 8. Prest, ready; the old French
3. I bring forward this example word now written prêt. taken from the amusements of child 9. i. e, endowed. hood.
10. Sometimes, formerly, in other 4. In reply to Antonio's: If it times. stand within the eye of honour. 11. The ship Argo sailed to Colchis,
5. And as usually happens with to fetch the golden fleece; this was a young man who follows his own effected by Jason, the commander, will.
by means of Medea, the King's 6. i. e. the sum last ventured. daughter, whom he afterwards 7. To use so much circumlocution, married.
O, my Antonio ! had I but the means
Antonio. Thou knows't that all my fortunes are at sea;
(Exeunt. SCENE II. Belmont. An Apartment in PORTIA's House.
Enter PORTIA and NERISSA. Portia. By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is aweary of this great world.
Nerissa. You would be, sweet madam, if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are. And, yet, for aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing: it is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean: 6. superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
Por. Good sentences, and well pronounced.
Poro If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood; but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree: 8 such a hare is madness, the youth,
1. To maintain myself as rival security, or out of good will or reagainst one of her suitors.
gard to me. 2. My mind foretells me such 6. To be situated in the middle, prosperity.
to enjoy all in moderation. 3. To rack, to stretch, to extend. 7. To come by, to obtain, to gain,
4. Presently, at present, now, im- to acquire. mediately. Obsolete in this sense. 8. i. e. a decree, or law, made
5. To procure it either on my in cold blood, deliberately.
What traitor hears me, and says not, amen?!
1. Whoever hears me, and says not amen, is a traitor.
2. i. e. diminish, or take away.
3. To reduce, to bring back; an obsolete sense of the word, derived from its original reducere.
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to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel, the cripple. 1 But this reasoning is not in the fashion 2 to choose me a husband. O me! the word choose! I may neither choose whom I would, nor refuse whom I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father. — Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor refuse none?
Nerissa. Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations; therefore the lottery, that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silver, and lead (whereof who chooses his meaning, chooses you), will, no doubt, never be chosen by any rightly, but one whom you shall rightly love. But what warmth is there in your affection towards any of these princely suitors that are already come?
Portia. I pray thee, over-name 4 them, and as thou namest them, I will describe them; and, according to my description, level at my affection. 5
Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince.
Por. Ay, that 's a colt, 6 indeed, for he doth nothing but talk of his horse; and he makes it a great appropriation to his own good parts, that he can shoe him himself. * I am much afraid, my lady his mother played false with a smith.
Ner. Then, is there the county Palatine. 8
Por. He doth nothing but frown, as who should say, “An' you will not have me, choose.” He hears merry tales, and smiles not: I fear he will prove the weeping philosopher when he grows old, being so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. I had rather be married to a death's head with a bone in his mouth, than to either of these. God defend me from these two!
Ner. How say you by the French lord, Monsieur Le Bon ?
1. Mad youth skips over limping
7. And he considers it as a pegood counsel as a hare does over culiar attainment in the enumeration the net spread for him.
of his own good qualities, that be 2. i. e. is not of the sort.
can shoe his horse himself. 3. Will, inclination, and will, testament.
8. County was formerly the same 4. To over-name, to name one after as count. This is an allusion to the the other.
Count Albertus Alasco, a Polish Pa5. Conjecture, or try to guess my latine, who was in London in 1583, love for them.
6. A colt is a young male horse. 9. An, a contraction of and if; As here used it means, a young also frequently used before if as a foolish fellow.
contraction of and.