The Merchant of Venice
Changes from Moby
In the First Folio what is now designated 2.4 begins with the direction "Enter … Sla
rino and Salanio" and then goes on to mark their speeches "Sal." and "Sol.". What is an editor to make of such confusion? The names of these two characters have been changed to match the Penguin edition. In general Salarino becomes Salerio and Salanio becomes Solanio.
Scene heading for 1.2 not in standard format. At 4.1.86 the line preceding "were in six parts" was simply wrong. At 5.1.55 the First Folio ends this speech with "ere morning sweete soule" but modern editors agree that "sweet soul" should begin Lorenzo's speech.