William Shakespeare (15641616). The Oxford Shakespeare. 1914. The Merchant of Venice
Act II. Scene III.
The Same. A Room in S HYLOCKS House.
Enter J ESSICA and L AUNCELOT.
Jes. I am sorry thou wilt leave my father so:
Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil,
Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness. 5
But fare thee well; there is a ducat for thee:
And, Launcelot, soon at supper shalt thou see
Lorenzo, who is thy new masters guest:
Give him this letter; do it secretly;
And so farewell: I would not have my father 10
See me in talk with thee.
Laun. Adieu! tears exhibit my tongue. Most beautiful pagan, most sweet Jew! If a Christian did not play the knave and get thee, I am much deceived. But, adieu! these foolish drops do somewhat drown my manly spirit: adieu!
Jes. Farewell, good Launcelot. [ Exit L AUNCELOT.
Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
To be ashamd to be my fathers child! 15
But though I am a daughter to his blood,
I am not to his manners. O Lorenzo!
If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, Become a Christian, and thy loving wife. [ Exit.