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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 20 are no good member of the commonwealth, for in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the price of pork.
Lor. 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. 25 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. 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, 35 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. Lor. O dear discretion, how his words are suited ! 40 The fool hath planted in his memory
An army of good words; and I do know
Defy the matter. How cheer'st thou, Jessica ?
Jes. Past all expressing. It is very meet The Lord Bassanio live an upright life;
For, having such a blessing in his lady, 50 He finds the joys of heaven here on earth;
And if on earth he do not mean it, then
And on the wager lay two earthly women,
Pawn'd with the other, for the poor rude world
Even such a husband
Jes. Nay, but ask my opinion too of that. 60 Lor. I will anon: first, let us go to dinner.
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, 'mong other things
I shall digest it. 65 Jes.
Well, I'll set you forth. Exeunt
Enter the DUKE, the Magnificoes, ANTONIO, BASSANIO, GRA
TIANO, SALANIO, and others.
Duke. What, is Antonio here?
Duke. I am sorry for thee: thou art come to answer
I have heard
And that no lawful means can carry me 10 Out of his envy's reach, I do oppose
My patience to his fury, and am arm’d
Duke. Go one, and call the Jew into the court.
Duke. Make room, and let him stand before our face.
To the last hour of act; and then 'tis thought
Than is thy strange apparent cruelty ;
Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture,
Forgive a moiety of the principal ;
Enow to press a royal merchant down 30 And pluck commiseration of his state
From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint,
We all expect a gentle answer, Jew. 35 Shy. I have possess'd your grace of what I purpose;
And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn
Upon your charter and your city's freedom. 40 You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have
A weight of carrion flesh than to receive
What if my house be troubled with a rat
To have it baned? What, are you answer'd yet?
Of what it likes or loathes. Now, for your answer:
Why he, a harmless necessary cat;
More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing
Bass. This is no answer, thou unfeeling man, 60 To excuse the current of thy cruelty.
Shy. I am not bound to please thee with my answers.
Bass. Every offence is not a hate at first. 65 Shy. What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice ?
Ant. I pray you, think you question with the Jew :
You may as well use question with the wolf
You may as well forbid the mountain pines
You may as well do anything most hard,
His Jewish heart: therefore, I do beseech you,
Bass. For thy three thousand ducats here is six.
Shy. If every ducat in six thousand ducats
bond. Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none ? 85 Shy. What judgement shall I dread, doing no wrong ?
You have among you many a purchased slave,
Because you bought them: shall I say to you, , 90 Let them be free, marry them to your heirs ?
Why sweat they under burthens ? let their beds