Act 2, Scene 6 Notes from Merchant of Venice

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Merchant of Venice Act 2, Scene 6

This scene takes place at the same location, later that night. Gratiano and Salarino enter, wearing the masks they'd spoken of earlier. They wonder why Lorenzo hasn't arrived yet. Lorenzo arrives, apologizing to them for his lateness. Jessica enters above them, dressed in a boy's clothing. Lorenzo announces himself to her, and pledges his love to her. Jessica throws down a casket full of money, then goes back inside. Gratiano tells Lorenzo that Jessica is so wonderful that she is practically a Gentile. Lorenzo exclaims his love for her again: 'For she is wise, if I can judge of her. And fair she is, if that mine eyes be true. And true she is, as she hath proved herself, and therefore, like herself, wise, fair, and true, shall she be placed in my constant soul' Act 2, Scene 6, lines 53-7. Lorenzo, Jessica, and Salarino exit. Antonio arrives, and wonders where Gratiano has been. He is supposed to be leaving with Bassanio for Belmont. Gratiano leaves with Antonio for the boat.

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