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father got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter.
Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; so the sins of my mother should be visited upon me.
Laun. Truly then I fear you are damn'd both by father and mother: thus when I shun Scylla, your father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother well, you are gone both ways.
Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made me a Christian.
Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were Christians enough before ; e'en as many as could well live, one by another: This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money.
Enter Lorenzo. Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say; here he comes.
Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, if you thus get my wife into corners.
Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo; Launcelot and I are out: he tells me flatly, there is no mercy for me in heaven, because I am a Jew's daughter: and he says, you are no good member of the commonwealth ; for, in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the price of pork.
Lor. I shall answer that better to the commonwealth, than you can the getting up of the negro's belly : the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot.
Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more than reason: but if she be less than an honest woman, she is, indeed, more than I took her for.
Lor. How every fool can play upon the word ! I think, the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence; and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots.--Go in, sirrah; bid them prepare for dinner.
Laun. That is done, sir; they have all stomachs. Lor. Goodly lord, what a wit-snapper are you ! then bid them prepare dinner.
Laun. That is done too, sir; only, cover is the word.
Lor. Will you cover then, sir?
Lor. Yet more quarrelling with occasion! Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant? I pray thee, understand a plain man in his plain meaning: go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come in to dinner.
Laun. For the table, sir, it shall be served in; for the meat, sir, it shall be covered; for your coming in to dinner, sir, why, let it be as humours and conceits shall govern. (Exit Launcelot. Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are
Jes. Past all expressing : It is very meet,
Even such a husband
Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that.
Jes. Nay, let me praise you, while I have a
stomach. Lor. No, pray thee, let it serve for table-talk, Then, howsoe'er thou speak'st, ʼmong other things I shall digest it.
Well, I'll set you forth. (Exe.
the Duke, the Magnificoes; Antonio, Bassanio,
I have heard, Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify 1. His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate,
And that no lawful means can carry me
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court.
(1) Hatred, malice.
Thou’lt show thy mercy, and remorse,' more strange
Why he, a swollen bag-pipe; but or force
Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,
answer. Bass. Do all men kill the things they do not
love? Shy. Hates any man the thing he would not kill? Bass. Every offence is not a hate at first. Shy. What, would'st thou have a serpent sting
thee twice? Ant. I pray you, think you question with the
Jew: You may as well go stand upon the beach, And bid the main flood bate his usual height; You may as well use question with the wolf, Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb; You may as well forbid the mountain pines To wag their high tops, and to make no noise, When they are fretted with the gusts of heaven; You may as well do any thing most hard, As seek to soften that (than which what's harder?) His Jewish heart :- Therefore, I do beseech you, Make no more offers, use no further means, But, with all brief and plain conveniency, Let me have judgment, and the Jew his will.
Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is sis.
Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats Were in six parts, and every part a ducat, I would not draw them, I would have my bond. Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rend'ring