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Why then you must. But hear thee, Gratiano

Why then you must. But hear thee, Gratiano,
Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice—
Parts that become thee happily enough,
And in such eyes as oursSynecdoche appear not faults.
But where thou art not known—why, there they show
Something too liberal. Pray thee take pain
To allay with some cold drops of modesty
PersonificationThy skipping spirit, lest through thy wild behavior
I be misconstered in the place I go to,
And lose my hopes.Alliteration & Metaphor

Signior Bassanio, hear me.
If I do not put on a sober habit,Metonymy
Talk with respect, and swear but now and then,
Wear prayer books in my pocket, look demurely,
Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes
Thus with my hat, and sigh and say “amen,”
Use all the observance of civility
Like one well studied in a sad ostent
To please his grandam, never trust me more.Alliteration

Act 2
Scene 2
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