Speeches (Lines) for Salanio in "The Merchant of Venice"

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1 I / 1
  • Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,
    The better part of my affections...
  • Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,
    The better part of my affections would
    Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still
    Plucking the grass, to know where sits the wind,
    Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads;
    And every object that might make me fear
    Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt
    Would make me sad.
  • Salarino. Your mind is tossing on the ocean;
    There, where your argosies with portly sail,
    Like signiors and rich burghers on the flood,
    Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea,
    Do overpeer the petty traffickers,
    That curtsy to them, do them reverence,
    As they fly by them with their woven wings.

    Salanio. Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,
    The better part of my affections would
    Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still
    Plucking the grass, to know where sits the wind,
    Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads;
    And every object that might make me fear
    Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt
    Would make me sad.

2 I / 1
  • Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman,
    Gratiano and Lorenzo. Fare ye...
  • Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman,
    Gratiano and Lorenzo. Fare ye well:
    We leave you now with better company.
  • Salarino. Not in love neither? Then let us say you are sad,
    Because you are not merry: and 'twere as easy
    For you to laugh and leap and say you are merry,
    Because you are not sad. Now, by two-headed Janus,
    Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time:
    Some that will evermore peep through their eyes
    And laugh like parrots at a bag-piper,
    And other of such vinegar aspect
    That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile,
    Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.

    Salanio. Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman,
    Gratiano and Lorenzo. Fare ye well:
    We leave you now with better company.

3 II / 4
  • 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd,
    And better in my mind not unde...
  • 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd,
    And better in my mind not undertook.
  • Salarino. We have not spoke us yet of torchbearers.

    Salanio. 'Tis vile, unless it may be quaintly order'd,
    And better in my mind not undertook.

4 II / 4
  • Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.
  • Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.
  • Lorenzo. Hold here, take this: tell gentle Jessica
    I will not fail her; speak it privately.
    Go, gentlemen,
    [Exit Launcelot]
    Will you prepare you for this masque tonight?
    I am provided of a torch-bearer.

    Salanio. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.

5 II / 4
  • And so will I.
  • And so will I.
  • Salanio. Ay, marry, I'll be gone about it straight.

    Salanio. And so will I.

6 II / 8
  • The villain Jew with outcries raised the duke,
    Who went with him to search B...
  • The villain Jew with outcries raised the duke,
    Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.
  • Salarino. Why, man, I saw Bassanio under sail:
    With him is Gratiano gone along;
    And in their ship I am sure Lorenzo is not.

    Salanio. The villain Jew with outcries raised the duke,
    Who went with him to search Bassanio's ship.

7 II / 8
  • I never heard a passion so confused,
    So strange, outrageous, and so variable...
  • I never heard a passion so confused,
    So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
    As the dog Jew did utter in the streets:
    'My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
    Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
    Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
    A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
    Of double ducats, stolen from me by my daughter!
    And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
    Stolen by my daughter! Justice! find the girl;
    She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.'
  • Salarino. He came too late, the ship was under sail:
    But there the duke was given to understand
    That in a gondola were seen together
    Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica:
    Besides, Antonio certified the duke
    They were not with Bassanio in his ship.

    Salanio. I never heard a passion so confused,
    So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
    As the dog Jew did utter in the streets:
    'My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!
    Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!
    Justice! the law! my ducats, and my daughter!
    A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats,
    Of double ducats, stolen from me by my daughter!
    And jewels, two stones, two rich and precious stones,
    Stolen by my daughter! Justice! find the girl;
    She hath the stones upon her, and the ducats.'

8 II / 8
  • Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
    Or he shall pay for this.
  • Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
    Or he shall pay for this.
  • Salarino. Why, all the boys in Venice follow him,
    Crying, his stones, his daughter, and his ducats.

    Salanio. Let good Antonio look he keep his day,
    Or he shall pay for this.

9 II / 8
  • You were best to tell Antonio what you hear;
    Yet do not suddenly, for it may...
  • You were best to tell Antonio what you hear;
    Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.
  • Salarino. Marry, well remember'd.
    I reason'd with a Frenchman yesterday,
    Who told me, in the narrow seas that part
    The French and English, there miscarried
    A vessel of our country richly fraught:
    I thought upon Antonio when he told me;
    And wish'd in silence that it were not his.

    Salanio. You were best to tell Antonio what you hear;
    Yet do not suddenly, for it may grieve him.

10 II / 8
  • I think he only loves the world for him.
    I pray thee, let us go and find him...
  • I think he only loves the world for him.
    I pray thee, let us go and find him out
    And quicken his embraced heaviness
    With some delight or other.
  • Salarino. A kinder gentleman treads not the earth.
    I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
    Bassanio told him he would make some speed
    Of his return: he answer'd, 'Do not so;
    Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio
    But stay the very riping of the time;
    And for the Jew's bond which he hath of me,
    Let it not enter in your mind of love:
    Be merry, and employ your chiefest thoughts
    To courtship and such fair ostents of love
    As shall conveniently become you there:'
    And even there, his eye being big with tears,
    Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
    And with affection wondrous sensible
    He wrung Bassanio's hand; and so they parted.

    Salanio. I think he only loves the world for him.
    I pray thee, let us go and find him out
    And quicken his embraced heaviness
    With some delight or other.

11 III / 1
  • Now, what news on the Rialto?
  • Now, what news on the Rialto?
  • Nerissa. Bassanio, lord Love, if thy will it be!

    Salanio. Now, what news on the Rialto?

12 III / 1
  • I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever
    knapped ginger or made he...
  • I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever
    knapped ginger or made her neighbours believe she
    wept for the death of a third husband. But it is
    true, without any slips of prolixity or crossing the
    plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the
    honest Antonio,--O that I had a title good enough
    to keep his name company!--
  • Salarino. Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd that Antonio hath
    a ship of rich lading wrecked on the narrow seas;
    the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very
    dangerous flat and fatal, where the carcasses of many
    a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip
    Report be an honest woman of her word.

    Salanio. I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever
    knapped ginger or made her neighbours believe she
    wept for the death of a third husband. But it is
    true, without any slips of prolixity or crossing the
    plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the
    honest Antonio,--O that I had a title good enough
    to keep his name company!--

13 III / 1
  • Ha! what sayest thou? Why, the end is, he hath
    lost a ship.
  • Ha! what sayest thou? Why, the end is, he hath
    lost a ship.
  • Salarino. Come, the full stop.

    Salanio. Ha! what sayest thou? Why, the end is, he hath
    lost a ship.

14 III / 1
  • Let me say 'amen' betimes, lest the devil cross my
    prayer, for here he comes...
  • Let me say 'amen' betimes, lest the devil cross my
    prayer, for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.
    [Enter SHYLOCK]
    How now, Shylock! what news among the merchants?
  • Salarino. I would it might prove the end of his losses.

    Salanio. Let me say 'amen' betimes, lest the devil cross my
    prayer, for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.
    [Enter SHYLOCK]
    How now, Shylock! what news among the merchants?

15 III / 1
  • And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was
    fledged; and then it is the...
  • And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was
    fledged; and then it is the complexion of them all
    to leave the dam.
  • Salarino. That's certain: I, for my part, knew the tailor
    that made the wings she flew withal.

    Salanio. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was
    fledged; and then it is the complexion of them all
    to leave the dam.

16 III / 1
  • That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
  • That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
  • Shylock. She is damned for it.

    Salanio. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.

17 III / 1
  • Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these years?
  • Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these years?
  • Shylock. My own flesh and blood to rebel!

    Salanio. Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these years?

18 III / 1
  • Here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be
    matched, unless the devil...
  • Here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be
    matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew.
  • Salarino. We have been up and down to seek him.

    Salanio. Here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be
    matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew.

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