• Enter GRATIANO, LORENZO, SALARINO, and SOLANIO

    LORENZO

    Nay, we will slink away in supper time,
    Disguise us at my lodging, and return,
    All in an hour.

    GRATIANO

    We have not made good preparation.

    SALARINO

    5We have not spoke us yet of torchbearers.

    SOLANIO

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

    LORENZO

    'Tis now but four o'clock. We have two hours
    To furnish us.
    Enter LAUNCELOT with a letter
    10Friend Launcelot, what’s the news?

    LAUNCELOT

    (giving LORENZO the letter)
    An it shall please you to break up this, it shall seem to signify.

    LORENZO

    I know the hand. In faith, ’tis a fair hand,
    And whiter than the paper it writ on
    15Is the fair hand that writ.

    GRATIANO

        Love news, in faith?

    LAUNCELOT

    (to LORENZO) By your leave, sir.
  • GRATIANO, LORENZO, SALARINO, and SOLANIO enter.

    LORENZO

    No, we’ll sneak away at supper time, disguise ourselves with masks at my house, and come back in an hour.

    GRATIANO

    But we haven’t made any preparations.

    SALARINO

    We haven’t even talked about who’ll be our torchbearers.

    SOLANIO

    The masquerade party might turn out terribly if we don’t manage things carefully. I think it’s better to call it off.

    LORENZO

    It’s only four o'clock now. We have two hours to get ready.
    LAUNCELOT enters with a letter.
    Launcelot, what’s going on?

    LAUNCELOT

    (he gives LORENZO the letter) If you don’t mind opening this letter, you can find out for yourself.

    LORENZO

    I recognize the handwriting. It’s beautiful handwriting. And the beautiful hand that wrote this letter is whiter than the paper it’s written on.

    GRATIANO

    I bet it’s a love letter!

    LAUNCELOT

    (to LORENZO) May I be excused, sir?