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I hate him for he is a Christian :
Shylock, do you hear ?
[To Antonio. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, By taking, nor by giving of excess, Yet, to supply the ripe wants 8 of my friend, I'll break a custom : — Is he yet possess'd', How much
you would ? Shy.
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. Ant. And for three months. Shy. I had forgot, -three months, you told me
Well then, your bond; and, let me see, But Methought, you said, you neither lend nor bor
row, Upon advantage. Ant.
I do never use it.
& Wants which admit no longer delay.
Shy. Three thousand ducats, - 'tis a good round
Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.
Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?
Shy. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft,
your threshold; monies is your suit.
-dog; and for these courtesies I'll lend
thus much monies.
I would be friends with you, and have your love,
Ant. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show:.
you repay me not on such a day,
your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken In what part of your body pleaseth me.
Ant. Content, in 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, 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. Shy. O father Abraham, 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 ? A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, Is not so estimable, profitable neither, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say, To buy his favour, I extend this friendship : If he will take it, so; if not, adieu ; And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's; Give him direction for this merry bond, And I will go and purse the ducats straight;
See to my house, left in the fearful guard
Hie thee, gentle Jew. This Hebrew will turn Christian ; he
kind. 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.
ACT THE SECOND.
Belmont. A Room in Portia's House.
Flourish of Cornets. Enter the Prince of Morocco,
and his Train; Portia, NERISSA, and other of her Attendants.
Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion,
whose blood is reddest, his, or mine.
2 Allusion to the eastern custom for lovers to testify their passion by cutting themselves in their mistresses sight.
Have lov'd it too: I would not change this hue, Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen.
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led By nịce direction of a maiden's eyes: Besides, the lottery of my destiny Bars me the right of voluntary choosing : But, if my father had not scanted me, And hedg'd me by his wit, to yield myself His wife, who wins me by that means I told you, Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair, As any comer I have look'd on yet, For my
Even for that I thank you ; Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets, To try my fortune. By this scimitar, That slew the Sophy, and a Persian prince That won three fields of Sultan Solyman, I would out-stare the sternest eyes that look, Out-brave the heart most daring on the earth, Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she bear; Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey, To win thee, lady: But, alas the while ! If Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice Which is the better man, the greater throw May turn by fortune from the weaker hand: So is Alcides beaten by his page; And so may I, blind fortune leading me, Miss that which one unworthier may attain, And die with grieving. Por.
You must take your chance; And either not attempt to choose at all, Or swear, before you choose,
if you choose wrong, Never to speak to lady afterward In
way of marriage; therefore be advis’d. · Mor. Nor will not; come, bring me unto my