The Merchant of Venice
 Act 2, Scene 2

Enter Launcelot
Certainly my conscience will serve me to run from
this Jew my master. The fiend is at mine elbow and
tempts me saying to me “Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, good
Launcelot,” or “good Gobbo,” or good Launcelot
Gobbo, use your legs, take the start, run away.” My
conscience says “No; take heed, honest Launcelot;
take heed, honest Gobbo,” or, as aforesaid, “honest
Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; scorn running with thy
heels.” Well, the most courageous fiend bids me
pack: “Via!” says the fiend; “away!” says the
fiend; “for the heavens, rouse up a brave mind,”
says the fiend, “and run.” Well, my conscience,
hanging about the neck of my heart, says very wisely
to me “My honest friend Launcelot, being an honest
man’s son,” or rather an honest woman’s son; for,
indeed, my father did something smack, something
grow to, he had a kind of taste; well, my conscience
says “Launcelot, budge not.” “Budge,” says the
fiend. “Budge not,” says my conscience.
“Conscience,” say I, “you counsel well;” “Fiend,”
say I, “you counsel well:” to be ruled by my
conscience, I should stay with the Jew my master,
who, God bless the mark, is a kind of devil; and, to
run away from the Jew, I should be ruled by the
fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil
himself. Certainly the Jew is the very devil
incarnal; and, in my conscience, my conscience is
but a kind of hard conscience, to offer to counsel
me to stay with the Jew. The fiend gives the more
friendly counsel: I will run, fiend; my heels are
at your command; I will run.

Enter Old Gobbo, with a basket
Enter Bassanio, with Leonardo and other followers
Exit a Servant
Enter Gratiano
                     Yonder, sir, he walks.

                     You have obtain’d it.

The Merchant of Venice

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