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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
The Merchant of Venice
 
Act II. Scene III.
 
The Same.  A Room in SHYLOCK’S House.
 
Enter JESSICA and LAUNCELOT.
  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 master’s 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 LAUNCELOT.
Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
To be asham’d to be my father’s 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.
 
 
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