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FTLN 2689 Why, this is like the mending of highways
FTLN 2691 In summer, where the ways are fair enough!
FTLN 2692 What, are we cuckolds ere we have deserved it?
FTLN 2693 PORTIA
FTLN 2695 Speak not so grossly.—You are all amazed. 285
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FTLN 2697 She hands a paper to Bassanio. 295
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FTLN 2699 Here is a letter; read it at your leisure.
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FTLN 2701 It comes from Padua from Bellario.
FTLN 2702 There you shall find that Portia was the doctor,
FTLN 2704 Nerissa there, her clerk. Lorenzo here
FTLN 2706 Shall witness I set forth as soon as you,
FTLN 2707 And even but now returned. I have not yet
FTLN 2708 Entered my house.—Antonio, you are welcome,
FTLN 2709 And I have better news in store for you
Than you expect. Unseal this letter soon.
FTLN 2712 Handing him a paper.
FTLN 2713 There you shall find three of your argosies
FTLN 2715 Are richly come to harbor suddenly.
You shall not know by what strange accident
I chancèd on this letter.
ANTONIO I am dumb.
Were you the doctor and I knew you not?
Were you the clerk that is to make me cuckold?
Ay, but the clerk that never means to do it,
Unless he live until he be a man.
BASSANIO, to Portia
Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow.
When I am absent, then lie with my wife.
Sweet lady, you have given me life and living;
For here I read for certain that my ships
Are safely come to road.
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FTLN 2716 PORTIA How now, Lorenzo?
My clerk hath some good comforts too for you. 310
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FTLN 2720 Ay, and I’ll give them him without a fee. 325
Handing him a paper.
FTLN 2723 There do I give to you and Jessica,
FTLN 2725 From the rich Jew, a special deed of gift,
FTLN 2727 After his death, of all he dies possessed of.
FTLN 2730 Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way
FTLN 2732 Of starvèd people.
FTLN 2734 PORTIA It is almost morning,
FTLN 2736 And yet I am sure you are not satisfied
Of these events at full. Let us go in,
And charge us there upon inter’gatories,
And we will answer all things faithfully.
Let it be so. The first inter’gatory
That my Nerissa shall be sworn on is
Whether till the next night she had rather stay
Or go to bed now, being two hours to day.
But were the day come, I should wish it dark
Till I were couching with the doctor’s clerk.
Well, while I live, I’ll fear no other thing
So sore as keeping safe Nerissa’s ring.