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Shy. Baff. Ay, Sir, for three months.
HREE thousand ducats? well,
Shy. For three months? well.
Baff. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio fhall
Shy. Anthonio fhall become bound? well.
Baff. May you ftead me? will you pleasure me? fhall I know your answer?
Shy, Three thousand ducats for thee months, and Anthonio bound?
Baff. Your answer to that.
Shy. Anthonio is a good man.
Baff. Have trary?
you heard any imputation to the con
Shy. No, no, no, no; my meaning, in faying he is a good man, is to have you understand me, that he is fufficient: yet his means are in fuppofition: 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, fqander'd abroad. But fhips are but boards, failors 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. Baff. Be affur'd, you may.
Shy. I will be affur'd, I may; and that I may be affur'd, I will bethink me; may I fpeak with Anthonio? Baff. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to fmell, pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjur'd the devil into! I will buy with you, fell with you, talk with
you, walk with you, and fo following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Ryalto?- -who is he,
Baff. 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
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
Baff. Shylock, do you hear?
Shy. I am debating of my present store,
Of full three thousand ducats: what of that?
Will furnish me; but foft, how many months
[To Anth. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Anth. Shylock, although I neither lend nor borrow
By taking, nor by giving of excess,
Yet, to fupply the ripe wants of my friend,
I'll break a cuftom.Is he yet poffeft,
How much you would?
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot, three months, you told me fo;
Well then, your bond; and let me fee,but hear
Methought, you faid, you neither lend nor borrow Upon advantage.
Anth. I do never use it.
Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's fheep,This Jacob from our holy Abraham was
(As his wife mother wrought in his behalf). The third poffeffor; ay, he was the third.
Anth. And what of him? did he take intereft?
When Laban and himself were compromis'd,
Anth. This was a venture, Sir, that Jacob ferv'd for;
Or is your gold, and filver, ewes and rams?
Anth. Mark you this, Baffanio?
The devil can cite fcripture for his purpose.-
O, what a goodly outfide's falfhood hath!
Shy. Three thousand ducats! 'tis a good round fum. Three months from twelve, then let me fee the rate. VOL. II.
Anth. Well, Shylock, fhall we be beholden to you? Shy. Signior Anthonio, many a time and oft In the Ryalto you have rated me, About my monies and my ufances. Still have I born it with a patient shrug; (For fufferance is the badge of all our tribe.) You call me mifbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine; And all for use of that, which is my own. Well then, it now appears, you need my help: Go to then; you come to me, and you say, Shylock, we would have monies; you fay fo; You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, And foot me, as you spurn a ftranger cur Over threshold: money is your
your fuit; What should I say to you? fhould I not say, Hath a dog money? is it poffible,
A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or
Anth. I am as like to call thee so again,
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Who, if he break, thou may'st with better face
Shy. Why, how you ftorm?
I would be friends with you, and have your love; Forget the fhames that you have ftain'd me with; Supply your present wants, and take no doit
Of ufance for my monies, and you'll not hear me : This is kind I offer.
Anth. This were kindnefs.
Shy. This kindness will I fhow;
Go with me to a Notary, seal me there
Of your fair flefh, to be cut off and taken
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 chriftians are!
A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man,
As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I fay,
I will be with you.
Anth. Hie thee, gentle Jew.
This Hebrew will turn chriftian; he grows kind.