I am aware that, in a subsequent scene, he says to Jessica, ‘Marry, you may partly hope your father got you not ;’ but he is now on another subject. However, in this story the Christian lover flees alone with the treasure. O, my Christian ducats! I may add that I communicated to that gentleman this very correction. In the romances there are two sides: The Cambridge Dover Wilson Shakespeare. I am glad ’tis night, you do not look on me, For I am much ashamed of my exchange. Quiller-Couch, Arthur ; Wilson, J.

Her first appearance on stage is in Act 2, Scene 3, in a brief scene with Launcelot Gobbo. Scene 1 Act I: Shylock then complains of Gobbo’s sloth and vociferous appetite, claiming he is well rid of him and glad he now serves Bassiano, whom he dislikes. Removing book from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked pages associated with this title. It ranks him with the miserly fathers in Elizabethan and classical comedies, who are only fit to be dupes of their children …. William Shakespeare ‘s The Merchant of Venice.

The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare. Lorenzo bids her descend, but Jessica demurs, ashamed of her disguise.

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At the time Malone’s first edition was published inMalone and Steevens were quarrelling and competing for primacy as the editor of Shakespeare. But the Jessica—Lorenzo plot ultimately stems from medieval archetypal plots and characters.

The role of Venide is a relatively minor one. The Shakespeare Association Bulletin.

Another version of the play’s plot can be found in Anthony Munday ‘s Zelauto: There is not any other moral standard for the characters. Justice, the law, my ducats, and my daughter. In the romances there are two sides: He was Malone’s literary executor, and edited the material Malone had left behind into a major new variorum edition; often called the Third Variorum.


She is speaking with Launcelot, and she expresses her sorrow that he decided to leave his position as her father’s servant. Slights highlights comedies where children rebel against a miserly father, or romances where daughters defy a repressive father for love. But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit, For if they could, Cupid himself would blush. Literary critics have historically viewed the character negatively, highlighting her theft of her father’s gold, her betrayal of his trust, and apparently selfish motivations and aimless behaviour.

Shylock catches the interaction and asks Jessica what Gobbo said, but Jessica deceives him and claims he was simply saying goodbye. In the play, she elopes with Lorenzo, a pennyless Christian, and a chest mefchant her father’s money, eventually ending up in Portia and Bassanio’s household.

Finally, though, as part of the romantic plot, all will be well with Jessica, and she will be a part of the general happiness at the play’s end. The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare. In Act 2, Scene 4, Gobbo bears the letter, containing Jessica’s plans to elope with Lorenzo and as much of her father’s valuables as she can find, to Lorenzo.

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Malone’s response was simply that “In answer to Mr. He is pleased by the letter and its contents, and bids Gobbo return to let her know that he has received the letter and will not fail her. There was no question of filial duty or filial love; one was either a Saracen or a Christian, and that was all there was to it.

Her actions motivate Shylock’s vengeful insistence on his “pound merchxnt flesh” from Antonio; her relationships with Lorenzo and Shylock serves as a mirror and contrast to Portia’s with Bassanio and with her father; her conversion to Christianity is the end of Shylock’s line’s adherence to the Jewish faith.


Lorenzo persuades her, and she goes inside to bring more of Shylock’s Ducats. In this scene, set in Shylock’s house, we are introduced to Jessica, Shylock’s daughter.

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Fled with a Christian! Malone responds that ” Sweet is pleasingdelightfuland such is the meaning of dulcis in Horace.

Reed’s edition did not appear till The letter informs him that all Antonio’s business ventures have failed, such that he has defaulted on the bond to Shylock, and that Shylock intends to collect on the “pound of flesh”. Malone and the younger Boswell had been close since the latter was a youth, and grew closer yet after the elder Boswell’s death. Malone’s position turned out to be somewhat controversial.

Since the end of the 20th century their views have been more moderate and nuanced, pointing to an alternate reading that allows her actions to be motivated by love and generosity, and being driven by Shylock’s own tyrannical and immoral behaviour.

Shylock then complains of Gobbo’s sloth and vociferous appetite, claiming he is well rid of him and glad he now serves Bassiano, merchany he od. Upon learning there will be a masqueradehe enjoins her to shutter the windows and not “gaze on Christian fools with varnished faces”.