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SECTION XIX.

BASSANIO-SHYLOCK

-ANTONIO......Zbid.

Shylock. THREE thousand ducats,-well.
Bassanio. Ay, sir, for three months.
Shy. For three months, -well.

Bas. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.

Shy. Antonio shall become bound, -well. Bas. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer ?

Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound ?

Bas. Your answer to that.
Shy. Antonio is a good man.
Bas. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?

Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me, that he is sufficient; yet his means are in supposition ; he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England,—and other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad : But ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats, and water-rats, water-thieves, and landthieves ; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;-three thousand ducats ;-I think, 1 may take his bond.

Bas. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured, I may; and, that I

may sured, 1 will bethink me : May I speak with Antonio ?

Bas. If it please you to dine with us.

Shy. Yes, to smell pork! I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?-Who is he comes here?

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SECTION XIX.

BASSANIO_SHYLOCK-ANTONIO......Ibid.

Shylock. THREE thousand ducats,—well.
Bassanio. Ay, sir, for three months.
Shy. For three months,-well.

Bas. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.

Shy. Antonio shall become bound, -well. Bas. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer ?

Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound ?

Bas. Your answer to that.
Shy. Antonio is a good man.
Bas. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?

Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me, that he is sufficient; yet his means are in supposition ; he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England,—and other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad : But ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats, and water-rats, water-thieves, and landthieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;—three thousand ducats ;-I think, 1 may take his bond.

Bas. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured, I may; and, that I

may sured, I will bethink me : May I speak with Antonio ?

Bas. If it please you to dine with us.

Shy. Yes, to smell pork! I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?-Who is he comes here?

[Enter Antonio Bas. This is signior Antonio.

Shy. (aside.) How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a christian : But more, for that, in low simplicity, He lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice.

be as

If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation ; and he rails,
Even there where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls interest: Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive him !
Bas.

Shylock, do you hear ?
Shy. I am debating of iny present store;
And, by the near guess of my memory,
I cannot instantly raise up the gross
Of full three thousand ducats : What of that?
Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,
Will furnish me : But soft—How many months
Do you desire ?—Rest you fair, good signior; [To Antonio.
Your worship was the last man in our mouths.

Ant. Shylock, albeit I never lend nor borrow,
By taking, nor by giving of excess,
Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend,
I'll break a custom :-Is he yet possess’d,
How much you would ?
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.

'Tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.

Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?

Shy. Signior Antonio, many' a time and oft,
In the Rialto you have rated me
About my monies, and my usances :
Still nave I borne it with a patient shrug;
For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe :
You call me—misbeliever, cut-throat, dog,
And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,
And all for use of that which is mine own.
Well then, it now appears, you need my help ;
Go to then; you come to me, and say,
'Shylock, we would have monies:' You say so;
You that did void your rheum upon my beard,
And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur
Over your threshold; moneys is your suit.
What should I say to you? Should I not say,
'Hath a dog money ? is it possible,
A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or
Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key,
With 'bated breath, and whispering humbleness,

F

Say this,
Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last;
You spurn'd me such a day; another time
You call’d medog; and for these courtesies
I'll lend thee thus much monies.'

Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
As to thy friends; (for when did friendship take
A breed for barren metal of his friend ?)
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Who if he break, thou may'st with better face
Exact the penalty.
Shy.

Why, look you, how you storm!
I would be friends with you, and have your love;
Forget the shames that you have stain’d me with,
Supply your present wants, and take no doit
Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me :
This is kind I offer.
Ant.

This were kindness.
Shy. This kindness will I show :-
Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Your single bond ; and, in a merry sport,
If you repay me not on such a day,
In such a place, such sum or sums, as are
Expressed in the condition, let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound
Of

your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken In what part of your body pleaseth me.

Ant. Content in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.

Bas. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
I'd rather dwell in my necessity.

Ant. Why, fear not man; I will not forfeit it :
Within these two months, that's a month before
This bond expires, I do expect return
Of thrice three times the value of this bond.

Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are ;
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
The thoughts of others ! Pray you, tell me this,
If he should break his day, what should I gain
By the exaction of the forfeiture ?
A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man,
Is not so estimable, profitable neither,

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