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thieves ; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of water, winds, and rocks: The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient;-three thousand ducats ;--I think, I may take his bond.
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, 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?
Shy. [Aside.] How like a fawning publican he looks !
months Do you desire ?-Rest you fair, good signior : [TO ANTONIO Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot,—three months, you told me so.
But hear you:
Ant. I do never use it.
Shy. Three thousand ducats—’tis a good round sum, Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.
, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you 3
threshold; monies is your suit.
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
Ant. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show
Ant. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
Ant. Why, fear not, man ; I will not forfeit it.
Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are,
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Hie thee, gentle Jew.
kind. Bass. I like rot fair terms, and a villain's mind.
Ant. Come on; in this there can be no dismay, My ships come home a month before the day.
Bassanio obtains the loan of three thousand ducats from Shylock, on the merchant's bond, with the penalty of “the pound of flesh," as the forfeit for non-payment. He then prepares for making proposals for Portia's hand, but previous to his departure he invites his friends to an entertainment:-Shylock is also one of the invited guests.
Launcelot, a former domestic of the Jew's, has entered into the service of Bassanio, and is made the messenger between Lorenzo and Jessica, who have planned an elope ment, while Shylock is engaged at Bassanio's feast.
SCENE V.—The same. Before Shylock's House.
Enter SHYLOCK, and LAUNCELOT.
And sleep and snore, and rend apparel out;-
Why, Jessica !
Laun. Your worship was wont to tell me, I could do nothing with. out bidding.
I'll in hate, to feed upon
Laun. I beseech you, sir, go on; my young master doth expect your reproach.
Shy. So do I his.
Laun. And they have conspired together,—I will not say, you ohall see a masque; but if you do, then it was not for nothing that my nose fell a bleeding on Black-Monday last, at six o'clock i' the morning, falling out that year on Ash-Wednesday, was four year in the afternoon.
Shy. What: are there masques ? Hear you me, Jessica :
I will go before, sir.-
[Aside. There will come a Christian by, Will be worth a Jewess' eye.
(Exit LAUN. Shy. What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha ? Jes. His words were, Farewell, mistress ; nothing else.
Shy. The patch is kind enough; but a huge feeder,
Perhaps, I will return immediately;
Jes. Farewell; and if my fortune be not crost,
Jessica elopes with Lorenzo, carrying with her large sums of money, an, valuable jew. els belonging to her father.
Shylock is introduced in the following powerfully wrought scene smarting under his losses, and the want of duty in his daughter. He has also learned that Antonio the Merchant, has suffered severe losses at sea, and instigated by revenge he determines to enforce ine“ full penalty" of the Bond.
SCENE I.-A street in Venice.
Enter SALANIO, and SALARINO.
Salan. The villain Jew with outcries rais’d the duke;
Salar. Why, yet it lives there uncheck’d, that Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck’d on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcases of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip report be an honest woman of her word.
Salan. I would she were as lying a gossip in that, as ever knapp'd ginger, or made her neighbors believe she wept for the death of a third husband : But it is true,—without any slips of prolixity, or crossing the plain highway of talk,--that the good · Antonio, the honest Antonio, -Ö that I had a title good enough to keep his name company
Salar. Come, the full stop.
Salan. Ha-what say'st thou ?-Why the end is he hath lost a ship.
Salar. I would it might prove the end of his losses !