Merchant of Venice xiiv-xxiv (Wordplay ("It Droppeth as the gentle…
Merchant of Venice xiiv-xxiv
"It Droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven / Upon the Place Beneath"
"If you please / To shoot another arrow that self way / Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt / As I will watch the aim, or to find both / Or bring you latter hazard back again"
"Suff'rance is the badge of all our tribe" Suff'rance - Forbearance and Suffering
"Now, by my hood, a gentle and no Jew!" Translation - "We all expect a gentle answer Jew"
"And all for use of that which is mine own" Use - lending with interest, putting to use
"Not on thy sole but on thy soul, harsh jew" Implies from the line above that the character is sharpening his knife on his shoe
"How like a fawning publican he looks!" - Implies he is looking at the person he is talking about and also implies that he looks like a fawning publican
"Here, catch this casket; it is worth the pains," - Implies that the speaker tossed a casket
"Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly" - Implies someone is whetting a knife
Shakespeare xx MoV
"Well keep me company but two years more, / Thou shalt not know the sound of thine own tongue"
Using Negative in odd ways
Shakespeare xviii MoV
"I know not why I am so sad"
"instead of 'He does not go,' we find 'He goes not'"
Spread Apart words that normally are together
Shakespeare xix MoV
"He rails, / Even there where merchants most do congregate, / On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift"
"And if it stand, as you yourself do, / Within the eye of honor"
Inversion of order of object, subject, and verb
"Him I hit"
"The dog black is"
Building of scenes through references
Shakespeare xvi-xvii MoV
"Jason" to the "Golden Fleece" and to "Colchis' strond"
"argosies" to "signors" to "ventures" to "shallows" to "ducats" to "the Rialto" and to "usances"
Words no longer used
Shakespeare xvi MoV
"an (i.e., if)"