Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Enter Lancelet the Clown and Jessica1
lancelet the clown Yes, truly, for look you, the sins of the father Editor’s Note2are to be laid upon the children; therefore, I promise you, I fear you. I Editor’s Note3was always plain with you, and so now I speak my agitation of the 4matter. Therefore be o' good cheer, for truly I think you are damned. 5There is but one hope in it that can do you any good, and that is Editor’s Note Link 6but a kind of bastard hope, neither.7
jessica And what hope is that, I pray thee?8
lancelet the clown Marry, you may partly hope that your father 9got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter.10
jessica That were a kind of bastard hope indeed! So the sins of my 11mother should be visited upon me.12
lancelet the clown Truly then, I fear you are damned both by 13father and mother. Thus, when I shun Scylla your father, I fall into Editor’s Note14Charybdis your mother. Well, you are gone both ways.15
jessica I shall be saved by my husband. He hath made me a Christian.16
lancelet the clown Truly, the more to blame he! We were Editor’s Note17Christians enough before, e'en as many as could well live one by Editor’s Note18another. This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs. If we Editor’s Note19grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the Editor’s Note20coals for money.Enter LorenzoEditor’s Note22
lorenzo I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Lancelet, if you thus get my 23wife into corners.Editor’s Note24
jessica Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo. Lancelet and I are out. He 25tells me flatly there's no mercy for me in heaven, because I am a Jew's 26daughter: and he says you are no good member of the commonwealth, 27for in converting Jews to Christians you raise the price of pork.Editor’s Note28
lorenzo [to Lancelet] I shall answer that better to the commonwealth 29than you can the getting up of the negro's belly: the Moor is with child 30by you, Lancelet!Editor’s Note31
lancelet the clown It is much that the Moor should be more than Editor’s Note32reason, but if she be less than an honest woman, she is indeed more 33than I took her for.34
lorenzo How every fool can play upon the word! I think the best grace 35of wit will shortly turn into silence, and discourse grow commendable 36in none only but parrots. Go in, sirrah, bid them prepare for dinner.37
lancelet the clown That is done, sir. They have all stomachs.Editor’s Note38
lorenzo Goodly Lord, what a wit snapper are you! Then bid them 39prepare dinner.Editor’s Note40
lancelet the clown That is done too, sir; only 'cover' is the word.Link 41
lorenzo Will you cover then, sir?Editor’s Note42
lancelet the clown Not so, sir, neither. I know my duty.Editor’s Note43
lorenzo Yet more quarrelling with occasion! Wilt thou show the 44whole wealth of thy wit in an instant? I pray thee understand a plain 45man in his plain meaning. Go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, 46serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.Editor’s Note47
lancelet the clown For the table, sir, it shall be served in. For the Editor’s Note48meat, sir, it shall be covered. For your coming in to dinner, sir, why let Editor’s Note49it be as humours and conceits shall govern.Exit Lancelet the ClownEditor’s Note50
lorenzo O dear discretion, how his words are suited!
51The fool hath planted in his memory
52An army of good words, and I do know
Editor’s Note53A many fools that stand in better place,
Editor’s Note54Garnished like him, that for a tricksy word
Editor’s Note55Defy the matter. How cheer'st thou, Jessica?
56And now, good sweet, say thy opinïon:
Editor’s Note57How dost thou like the Lord Bassanio's wife?Editor’s Note58
jessica Past all expressing. It is very meet
Editor’s Note59The Lord Bassanio live an upright life,
60For having such a blessing in his lady.
61He finds the joys of heaven here on earth,
63In reason he should never come to heaven.
64Why, if two gods should play some heavenly match,
65And on the wager lay two earthly women,
66And Portia one, there must be something else
Editor’s Note67Pawned with the other; for the poor rude world
68Hath not her fellow.
lorenzo Even such a husband
69Hast thou of me as she is for a wife.70
jessica Nay, but ask me my opinion too of that!71
lorenzo I will anon; first let us go to dinner.Editor’s Note72
jessica Nay, let me praise you while I have a stomach.73
lorenzo No, pray thee, let it serve for table-talk.
Editor’s Note74Then, howsome'er thou speak'st, 'mong other things,
Editor’s Note75I shall digest it.
jessica Well, I'll set you forth.Exeunt