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Even there where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my bargains and my well-won thrift,
Shylock, do you hear ?
I cannot instantly raise up the gross
Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,
Your worship was the last man in our mouths. 55 Ant. Shylock, although I neither lend nor borrow
By taking nor by giving of excess,
would ? Shy.
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. 60 Ant. And for three months.
Shy. I had forgot; three months; you told me so. Well then, your bond; and let me see; but hear you; Methought you said you neither lend nor borrow Upon advantage. Ant.
I do never use it. 65 Shy. When Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep
This Jacob from our holy Abram was,
Ant. And what of him ? did he take interest? 70 Shy. No, not take interest, not, as you would say,
Directly interest: mark what Jacob did.
75 The skilful shepherd peeld me certain wands,
And stuck them up before the fulsome ewes,
This was a way to thrive, and he was blest : 80 And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not.
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob served for; A thing not in his power to bring to pass, But sway'd and fashion’d by the hand of heaven.
Was this inserted to make interest good ? 85 Or is your gold and silver ewes and rams?
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast;
Mark you this, Bassanio,
An evil soul producing holy witness
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
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 beholding to you?
Shy. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft
Still have I borne it with a patient shrug, 100 For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.
You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,
Well then, it now appears you need my help:
: You, that did void
upon my beard And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur
your threshold: : moneys is your suit.
“Hath a dog money? is it possible
With bated breath and whispering humbleness, 115 Say this:
“Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last;
" ? 120
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
A breed for barren metal of his friend ? 125 But lend it rather to thine enemy,
Who, if he break, thou mayest with better face
Why, look you, how you storm!
Forget the shames that you have stain'd me with, 130 Supply your present wants and take no doit
Of usance for my moneys, and you'll not hear me:
Bass. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show, Go with me to a notary, seal me there 135 Your single bond; and, in a merry sport,
If you repay me not on such a day,
Be nominated for an equal pound
In what part of your body pleaseth me.
Ant. Content, i' 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: 145 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. 150 Shy. O father Abram, what these Christians are,
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect The thoughts of others! Pray you, tell me this; If he should break his day, what should I gain
By the exaction of the forfeiture?
Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
If he will take it, so; if not, adieu :
Shy. Then meet me forth with at the notary's ; Give him direction for this merry bond,
And I will go and purse the ducats straight, 165 See to my house, left in the fearful guard
Of an unthrifty knave, and presently
Ant. Hie thee, gentle Jew. [Exit SHYLOCK. The Hebrew will turn Christian : he grows kind. 170
Bass. I like not 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.
Belmont. A room in PORTIA's house
Flourish of cornets. Enter the PRINCE OF MOROCCO and his
train; PORTIA, NERISSA, and others attending.
Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion,
And let us make incision for your love,
Hath feard the valiant: by my love, I 10 The best-regarded virgins of our clime
Have loved it too: I would not change this hue,
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led
Bars me the right of voluntary choosing:
His wife who wins me by that means I told you, 20 Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair
As any comer I have look’d on yet
Even for that I thank you: Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets
To try my fortune. By this scimitar 25 That slew the Sophy and a Persian prince