Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: Salarino : O! ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly To seal love's bonds new-made, than they are wont To keep obliged faith unforfeited! Gratiano: That ever holds: who riseth from a feast With that keen appetite that he sits down? Where is the horse that doth untread again His tedious measures with the unbated fire That he did pace them first? All things that are, Are with more spirit chased than enjoy'd
(i) Where does this scene take place? Who has out-dwelt his hour? Normally what do the lovers do as far as the appointed time is concerned?
(ii) Who is Venus? How do the Venus’s pigeons behave as far as love is concerned
(iii) “All things that are, Are with more spirit chased than enjoy’d”. How far is this statement brought out by giving the example of a ship in later lines?
(iv) How does Gratiano explain in the extract the state of people in love?
(v) What will be Jessica’s role in the masquerade? What does she have to say regarding this role? What is your opinion of Jessica
venus is the goddess of love
1. This scene takes place in the street outside Shylock's house. Lorenzo has out-dwelt his hour to meet Gratiano and Salarino for the masque. Lovers generally rush to the meeting place long before the appointed hour. 2. Greek mythology, Venus is the goddess of love. Salarino comments that the doves that draw the chriot of Venus, the goddess of love, fly ten times faster when they are journeying to bind new love more firmly, than they do when love is already pledged and certain