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Shy. For three months ; well.
Bass. For the which, as I told

you,

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?
Shy. Antonio is a good man.

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.

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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

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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 ;

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But more for that, in low simplicity,
He lends out money gratis, and brings down 40
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He bates our sacred nation ; and he rails,
Even there where merchants most do congre-

gate,
On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls interest. Cursèd be my tribe,
If I forgive him !
Bass.

Shylock, do you hear?
Shy. I am debating of my present store ;
And by the near guess of my memory,
I cannot instantly raise up the gross
Of full three thousand ducats. What of that?
Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,
Will furnish me.

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

borrow,
By taking nor by giving of excess,
Yet, to supply the ripe wants 19 of my friend,
I'll break a custom.- Is he yet possessed
How much ye would ? 20

Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Ant. And for three months.
Shy. I had forgot ;-three months ; you

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Well then, your bond ; and, let me see,-But hear you:

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Upon advantage.
Ant.

I do never use it.
Shy. When Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's

sheep,
This Jacob from our holy Abraham was-
As his wise mother wrought in his behalf-
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possessor; ay, he was the third. Ant. And what of him? did he take interest? Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you

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would say,

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Directly interest : mark what Jacob did,
When Laban and himself were compromis'd
That all the eanlings which were streak'd and

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Should fall as Jacob's hire.
This was a way to thrive, and he was blest;
And thrift is blessing if men steal it not.
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob

served for; · A thing not in his power to bring to pass, But sway'd and fashion'd by the hand of

Heaven.
Was this inserted to make interest good ?
Or is your gold and silver ewes and rams?

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Shy. I cannot tell ; I make it gain as fast :-
But note me, signior.
Ant.

Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

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