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Shy. For three months ; well.
Antonio shall be bound.?
Shy. Antonio shall become bound; well. 5
Bass. May you stead ® me ? will you pleasure me? shall I know your answer ?
Shy. Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio bound.
Bass. Your answer to that?
Bass. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?
Shy. Oh, no, no; no, no : my meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient. Yet his means are in supposition :' he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis," another to the Indies ; & I under-15 stand, moreover, upon the Rialto," he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England; and other ventures" he hath, squandered " abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats and water-rats, land-thieves 20 and water-thieves,—I mean pirates; and then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient. Three thousand ducats ;-I think I may take his bond.
Bass. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured I may; and, that I may be assured, I will bethink me. May I speak with Antonio ?
Buss. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell pork ; 19 to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjured 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 you, drink with .you, nor pray with you.—What news on the Rialto ?- Who is he comes here ? 35
Enter ANTONIO. Bass. This is Signior Antonio. Shy. [Aside] How like a fawning publican 14
he looks! I hate him, for he is a Christian ;
But more for that, in low simplicity,
Shylock, do you hear?
But soft! how many months Do you desire ?—[To Ant.] Rest you, fair, good signior;
55 Your worship was the last man in our mouths. Ant. Shylock, although I neither lend nor
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
told me so.
Well then, your bond ; and, let me see,-But hear you:
65 Methought you said you neither lend nor bor
I do never use it.
possessor; ay, he was the third. Ant. And what of him? did he take interest? Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you
Directly interest : mark what Jacob did,
Should fall as Jacob's hire.
served for; · A thing not in his power to bring to pass, But sway'd and fashion'd by the hand of
Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.