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Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio: as I think, so was he called. Ner. True, madam: he, of all the men that ever my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserving a fair lady.
Por. I remember him well; and I remember him worthy of thy praise.-[Enter a Servant.] How now! what news?
Serv. The four strangers seek for you, madam, to take their leave: and there is a forerunner come from a fifth, the prince of Morocco; who brings word, the prince his master, will be here to-night.
Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good heart, as I can bid the other four farewell, I should be glad of his approach: if he have the condition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me than wive me. Come, Nerissa.-Sirrah, go before.—Whiles we shut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door.
SCENE III. VENICE. A public Place.
Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK.
Shy. Three thousand ducats,-well.
Shy. For three months,-well.
Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.
Shy. Antonio shall become bound,-well.
Bass. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer?
Shy. Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio bound.
Bass. Your answer to that.
Shy. Antonio is a good man.
Bass. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?
Shy. Oh 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 squandered abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats and water-rats, land-thieves and waterthieves, I mean pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters. winds, and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient:-three thousand ducats :--I think, I may take his bond.
Bass. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured I may; and, that I may be assured, I will bethink me. May I speak with Antonio?
Bass. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your pro
phet, the Nazarite, conjured the devil into. 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?
Bass. 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
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
Shylock, do you hear?
Of full three thousand ducats. What of that?
Do you desire?[To ANTONIO.] Rest you fair, good signior ;
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
By taking, nor by giving of excess,
Yet, to supply the ripe wants of my friend,
I'll break a custom.-[To BASSANIO.] Is he yet possess'd,
How much you would?
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Ant. And for three months.
[To ANT.] Well then, your bond; and let me see,—But hear
Methought you said you neither lend nor borrow
I do never use it.
Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's sheep,-
As his wise mother wrought in his behalf,)
That all the eanlings which were streak'd and pied
And when the work of generation was
He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes,
And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not.
Ant. This was a venture, Sir, that Jacob serv'd for ;
A thing not in his power to bring to pass,
But sway'd and fashion'd by the hand of heaven.
Or is your gold and silver ewes and rams?
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:But note me, signior.
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek;
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
Shy. 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?
Still have I borne it with a patient shrug;
"Shylock, we would have monies :"—you say so ;
A cur can lend three thousand ducats?" or
"Fair Sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last ;
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
A breed for barren metal of his friend?)
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Who if he break, thou mayst with better face
Of usance for my monies,
And you'll not hear me: this is kind I offer.
Ant. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show.—
Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Ant. Content, in faith: I'll seal to such a bond,
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me: I'll 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,
A pound of man's flesh taken from a man,
And, for my love, I pray you wrong me not.
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's.—
Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion,
SCENE I.-BELMONT. A Room in PORTIA'S Mansion.
Flourish of cornets. Enter the PRINCE OF MOROCCO, and his train ; PORTIA,
NERISSA, and other Attendants.