The Merchant of Venice Scene II
by William Shakespeare

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Scene II

[The same]

Enter Portia and Nerissa.

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

Fair sir, you are well o'erta'en:(5)
My Lord Bassanio, upon more advice,
Hath sent you here this ring, and doth entreat
Your company at dinner.
That cannot be:
His ring I do accept most thankfully,(10)
And so, I pray you, tell him: furthermore,
I pray you, show my youth old Shylock's house.
That will I do.
Sir, I would speak with you:—
I'll see if I can get my husband's ring,(15)
Which I did make him swear to keep for ever.
Thou may'st, 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.
Away! make haste; thou know'st where I will tarry.(20)
Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?