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Shy. Is it so nominated in the bond ?
Por. It is not so express'd: but what of that? 255 'Twere good you do so much for charity.
Shy. I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.
Ant. But little: I am arm’d and well prepared.
For herein Fortune shows herself more kind
To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
Of such a misery doth she cut me off.
Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death; 270 And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge
Whether Bassanio had not once a love.
For if the Jew do cut but deep enough, 275 I'll pay it presently with all my heart.
Bass. Antonio, I am married to a wife
Are not with me esteem'd above thy life: 280 I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all Here to this devil, to deliver you.
Por. Your wife would give you little thanks for that, If she were by, to hear you make the offer.
Gra. I have a wife, whom, I protest, I love: 285 I would she were in heaven, so she could
Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.
Ner. 'Tis well you offer it behind her back; The wish would make else an unquiet house.
Shy. These be the Christian husbands. I have a daughter: 290 Would any of the stock of Barrabas
Had been her husband rather than a Christian ! [Aside. We trifle time: I pray thee, pursue sentence.
Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thine: The court awards it, and the law doth give it. 295 Shy. Most rightful judge!
Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast: The law allows it, and the court awards it.
Shy. Most learned judge! A sentence! Come, prepare !
Por. Tarry a little; there is something else. 300 This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;
The words expressly are “a pound of flesh :'
One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods
Gra. O upright judge! Mark, Jew: O learned judge !
Thyself shall see the act:
Gra. O learned judge! Mark, Jew: a learned judge !
Shy. I take this offer, then; pay the bond thrice,
Here is the money.
Gra. O Jew! an upright judge, a learned judge !
Por. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh. Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more
320 But just a pound of flesh: if thou cut’st more
Or less than a just pound, be it but so much
Of one poor scruple, nay, if the scale do turn
Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew!
Por. Why doth the Jew pause ? take thy forfeiture.
Por. He hath refused it in the open court:
Gra. A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel ! 335 I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.
Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal ?
Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.
Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it!
Tarry, Jew :
That by direct or indirect attempts 315 He seek the life of any citizen,
The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive
And the offender's life lies in the mercy 350 Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice.
In which predicament, I say, thou stand’st;