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In two of these scenes, Act III, Scene ii, and Act IV, Scene i, all four stories, as the diagram makes clear, are involved. Act III, Scene ii, belongs mainly to the Bassanio-casket narrative; but the entrance of Lorenzo and Jessica introduces their romance into the scene of Portia's joy; and the news which Salerio brings in their company throws the shadow of the bond story over the lovers' happiness. Lastly, in this scene Portia gives Bassanio the ring about which the fourth story centers; and Bassanio makes the promise to keep it which later puts him in such an unfortunate position. Act IV, Scene i, belongs mainly to the bond story; but the presence of Portia connects it with the casket story; the disposition of Shylock's property assures us that Lorenzo and Jessica will never come to want; and the end deals with the ring episode. Besides the relationship outlined above, these four stories are woven into one another by many other ingenious devices. It will be interesting for a reader to go through the play scene by scene and to observe, by the aid of the diagram, the places where the various stories meet and coalesce.
Accomplished, furnished; III, Civil doctor, doctor of civil
law; V, i, 210.
II, ix, 90.
i, 178; traffic; III, iii, 27.
92; III, iv, 2; whim; III,
I, i, 9; III, i, 105; I, iii, Condition, character, nature;
I, ii, 143,
Constant, self-possessed; III,
Contrary, wrong; I, ii, 104.
Contrive, conspire; IV, i, 352.
Cope, requite; IV, i, 412.
Counterfeit, likeness, picture;
III, ii, 115.
County, count; I, ii, 49.
Cousin, any kinsman; III, iv,
Cover, wear hats; II, ix, 44.
Cozen, cheat; II, ix, 38.
Crisped, curled; III, ii, 92.
Cureless, beyond cure; IV, i,
Deface, cancel, destroy; III,
Disabled, crippled; I, i, 123.
Disabling, undervaluing; II,
Discover, reveal; II, vii, 1.
Doit, a small coin; I, iii, 141.
melted wax to be used as
a shroud; II, vii, 51. Eaning, bearing; I, iii, 88.
Election, choice; II, ix, 3. Enow, enough; III, V, 24. Envious, malicious; III, ii,
Gramercy, many thanks; II,
ii, 128. Gross, whole sum; I, iii, 56. Guard, guardianship; I, iii,
176. Guiled, full of guile, treach
erous; III, ii, 97.
Equal, exact; 1, iii, 150.
wealth, I, i, 43. Estimation, value, worth; II,
Habit, behavior: II, i, 199. Heavens, "for the heavens,"
for heaven's sake; II, ii,
Fairness, beauty; III, ii, 94.
with fear; I, iii, 176. Fill-horse, shaft-horse; II,
ii, 100. Find forth, find out, seek; I,
i, 143 Flood, waters, seas; I, i, 10;
IV, i, 72. Fond, foolish; II, ix, 27; III,
Imposition, an imposed con
dition; I, ii, 114; an im
posed task; III, iv, 33. Inexecrable, beyond the
power of execration (curs
ing); IV, i, 128. Inscrolled, written in a scroll;
II, vii, 72. Insculped, carved in relief;
II, vii, 57.
Foot, spurn with the foot; I,
Kept, lived; III, iii, 19. Knapped, broke into bits; III,
Foot, path; II, iv, 36. Footing, footfall; V, i, 24. Fore-spurrer, one who spurs
or rides in advance; II, Forfeiture, penalty, due; III,
iii, 22; IV, i, 335. Fraught, freighted; II, viii,
30. Fretten, fretted; IV, i, 77.
Liberal, free, unruly; II, ii,
194. Likely, promising; II, ix, 92. Livings,, estates; III, ii, 158. Low, humble; I, iii, 44.
Magnificoes, Venetian nobles;
III, ii, 283. Martlet, a kind of swallow;
II, ix, 28. Mincing, short, dainty; III,
iv, 67. Moe, more; I, i, 108. Moiety, a
part, usually half; IV, i, 26.
Gaberdine, a loose cloak; I,
iii, 113. Gaged, pledged; 1, i, 130. Garnish, apparel; II, vi, 45. Glisters, glitters; II, vii, 65.
Naughty, wicked (a
dignified word than now);
III, ii, 18.
IV, i, 259.
shows; II, viii, 44.
1, i, 21; I, i, 155.
beaten; II, vi, 18.
Possessed, informed; I, iii,
65; IV, I, 35.
100; V, i, 46.
III, ii, 54.
183; II, ix, 3:
Qualify, modify; IV, i, 7.
V, i, 62.
Pain, pains; II, ii, 194.
pense, delay; III, ii, 22.
sloping roof; II, vi, I.
appearance; I, i, 124.
Rheum, spittle; I, iii, 118.
II, i, 17.
Scarfed, decorated with Aags;
II, vi, 15. 'Scuse, excuse; IV, i, 444. Seasons, tempers, softens; IV,
Straight, straightway; I, iii,
175; II, ix, 1.
Self, self-same; I, i, 148.
II, vii, 20.
yur), an Italian gentle
man; I, I, 1o. Simple, absolute; III, ii, 81. Sirrah, sir, (used only to in
feriors); I, ii, 146. Slubber, slur over; II, viii,
39. Smug, neat; III, i, 48. So, provided that; III, ii, 197 Something, somewhat; I, i,
124. Sooth, truth; I, i, n. Sore, sorely; V, i, 307. Spend, waste; I, i, 153. Spoils, acts of plundering; V,
i, 85. Still, continually; I, i, 17; I,
i, 136. Stockish, lacking sensibility;
V, i, 81.
Tell, count; II, ii, 114.
profits; I, iii, 51. Throughfares, thoroughfares;
II, vii, 42. Traject, ferry; III, iv, 53. Undervalued, inferior; I, i,
165. Vailing, bending; I, i, 28. Vantage, opportunity; III, ii,
176. Vasty, vast; II, vii, 41. Very, true, real; III, ii, 226. Vile, worthless; II, iv, 6. Void, spit out; I, iii, 118. Waft, wafted; V, i, 11. Weather, storms; II, ix, 29. Where, whereas; IV, i, 22. While, time; II, i, 31. Wis, know; II, ix, 68. Wroth, sorrow,
misfortune; II, ix, 78. Younker, young man; II, vi,