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Have all his ventures fail’d? What, not one hit ?:
Not one, my lords
hard with Antonio. Por. Is it
your dear friend, that is thus in trouble ? Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man, The best condition'd and unwearied spirit In doing courtesies; and one in whom The ancient Roman honour more appears, Than
that draws breath in Italy. Por. What sum owes he the Jew ? Bass. For me, three thousand ducats. Por.
What, no more? Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond; Double six thousand, and then treble that;
2 The chief men.
Before a friend of this description
you lie by Portia's side
the petty debt twenty times over ; When it is paid, bring your true friend along : My maid Nerissa, and myself, mean time, Will live as maids and widows. Come, away; For you shall hence upon your wedding-day: Bid your friends welcome, show a merry
cheer}; Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear. But let me hear the letter of your friend.
Bass. [Reads.] Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit ; and since; in paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are cleared between you and I, if I might but see you at my death: notwithstanding, use your pleasure : if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.
Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone.
I will make haste": but, till I come again,
No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt.
Ill have Il not be
Art. for the
Venice. A Street.
Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and Gaoler.
Hear me yet, good Shylock. Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my
bond; I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond : Thou call'dst me dog, before thou had'st a cause : But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs: The duke shall grant me justice. - I do wonder, Thou naughty gaoler; that thou art so fondo To come abroad with him at his request.
Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak.
Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak: I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more. I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool, To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield To christian intercessors. Follow not; I'll have no speaking ; I will have my bond.
Let him alone;
I am sure, the duke
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law; For the commodity that strangers have With us in Venice, if it be denied, Will much impeach the justice of the state ; Since that the trade and profit of the city Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go : These griefs and losses have so 'bated me, That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh To-morrow to my bloody creditor.
Well, gaoler, on:-- Pray God, Bassanio come
Not to do The whic
A Room in Portia's House.
Lor. Ishall ob
Por. N and will Ieplace
Enter Portia, Nerissa, LORENZO, Jessica, and
your husband, I know, you would be prouder of the work, Than customary bounty can enforce you.
Por. I never did repent for doing good,
for mine own part,
I have toward heaven breath'd a secret vow,
Madam, with all my heart;
Por. My people do already know my mind, And will acknowledge you
and Jessica In place of lord Bassanio and myself. So fare you well, till we shall meet again. Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on
you. Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content. Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well
pleas'd To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica.
[Exeunt JESSICA and LORENZO. Now, Balthazar, As I have ever found thee honest, true, So let me find thee still : Take this same letter, And use thou all the endeavour of a man, In speed to Padua; see thou render this Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario ; And, look, what notes and garments he doth give
I shall be there before thee. · Balth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed.
[Exit. Por. Come on, Nerissa ; I have work in hand, That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands, Before they think of us.