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I have engaged myself to a dear friend,
Here is a letter, lady,
Not one, my lord.
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him swear,
Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in trouble ?
Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man,
Por. What sum owes he the Jew ?
What, no more!
Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond ;
twenty times over ;
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. Bass. Since I have your good leave to go away,
I will make haste; but, till I come again, No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,
Nor rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt.
SCENE III. Venice. A Street.
Enter ShylocK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and Jailer. Shy. Jailer, look to him.—Tell not me of mercy ;This is the fool that lends out money gratis.Jailer, look to him. Ant.
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 hadst a cause :
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-eyed 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, jailer, on.—Pray God, Bassanio come To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! [Exeunt.
SCENE IV. Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.
Enter Portia, NERISSA, LORENZO, Jessica, and
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
Por. I never did repent for doing good,
1 The word lineaments was used with great laxity by our ancient writers.
2 This term was anciently synonymous with friend.
The which my love, and some necessity,
Madam, with all
heart I shall obey you in all fair commands.
Por. My people do already know my mind,
Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours, attend on you.
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleased 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 endeavor 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 thee, Bring them, I pray thee, with imagined speed Unto the tranect, to the common ferry Which trades to Venice.-Waste no time in words, But get thee gone.
I shall be there before thee. Balth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed.
Shall they see us ?
1 i. e. with the celerity of imagination.
2 This word can only be illustrated at present by conjecture. It evidently implies the name of a place where the passage-boat set out, and is in some way derived from “ franare (Ital.), to pass or swim over:” perhaps, therefore, tranetto signified a little fording place or ferry, and hence the English word tranect; but no other instance of its use has yet occurred.