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The Merchant of Venice: Act 4 Scene 2

Scene II The same. A street.

[Enter PORTIA and NERISSA]

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

[Enter GRATIANO]

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

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

GRATIANO
That will I do.

NERISSA
Sir, I would speak with you.

[Aside to PORTIA]

I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,
Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.

PORTIA
[Aside to NERISSA] Thou mayst, I warrant.
We shall have old swearing
That they did give the rings away to men;
But we'll outface them, and outswear them too.

[Aloud]

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

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

[Exeunt]

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