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S C E N E III.
Enter Baffanio and Shylock.
Suy. T .
Shy. For three months ? well.
Bal. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio shall be bound.
Shy. Anthonio shall become bound? well.
Bal. May you stead me? will you pleasure me ? fhall I know your answer ?
Shy, Three thousand ducats for thee months, and Anthonio bound?
Bas. Your answer to that.
Shy. No, no, no, no; my meaning, in saying he is a good man, is to have you underltand me, that he is sufficient: yet his means are in supposition: he hath an Argoly bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; -I understand moreover upon the Ryalto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England; and other ventures he hath, sqander'd abroad.
But ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats, and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves; I mean, pirates; and then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding fufficient; three thousand ducats? I think, I may take his bond.
Baf. Be aflur'd, you may.
Shy. I will be allur'd, I may; and that I may be allur'd, I will bethink me; may I speak with Anthonio?
Ball. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell, pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjur'd the devil into! I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with
you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with
What news on the Ryalio ?- -who is he, comes here?
Enter Anthonio. Bal. This is Signior Anthonio.
Shy. [Afide.] How like a fawning Publican he looks! I hate him, for he is a christian: But more, for that in low fimplicity He lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice. If I can catch him once upon I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, Ev’n there where merchants most do congregate, On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe, If I forgive him!
Ball. Shylock, do you hear ?
Shy. I am debating of my present store,
raise up the gross
To Anth. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Anth. Shylock, although I neither lend nor borrow
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot, three months, you told me fo; Well then, your bond; and let me see, but hear you,
Methought, you said, you neither lend nor borrow
Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's sheep,-
Anth. And what of him? did he take interest ?
Shy. No, not take int'reft ; not, as you would say,
This was a way to thrive, and he was bleft;
Anth. This was a venture, Sir, that Jacob serv'd for;
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast;
Anth. Mark you this, Baffanio ?
Shy. Three thousand ducats ! 'tis a good round sum.
Anth. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?
Shy. Signior Anthonio, many a time and oft
thus much monies ?
Shy. Why, how you storm?
Anth. Anth. This were kindnefs.
Shy. This kindness will I show ;
Anth. Content, in faith; I'll seal to such a bond, And, say there is much kindness in the Jew.
Bas. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, I'll rather dwell in my necessity.
Anth. 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.
Shy. O father Abraham, what these christians are ! Whose own hard dealings teach them to 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? A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, Is not fo estimable or profitable, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say, To buy his favour, I extend this friendship; If he will take it, fo; if not, adieu ; And for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.
Anth. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the Notary's.
Anth. Hie thee, gentle Jew.