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2 Off. Every one's price is written on his back, And so much must they yield or not be sold. i Off. Here comes the Jew; had not his goods been
i The modern editors give “Poor villains, such as,” &c. ; but the reading of the 4to. is quite intelligible.
2 Cf, Shylock's “Still have I borne it with a patient shrug."
Or else be gathered for in our Synagogue,
Lod. I hear the wealthy Jew walked this way:
Bar. Now will I show myself
Lod. Yond' walks the Jew; now for fair Abigail.
(Aside. Lod. Barabas, thou know'st I am the Governor's son.
Bar. I would you were his father too, sir ; That's all the harm I wish you.—The slave looks Like a hog's-check new singed.
[Aside. Lod. Whither walk'st thou, Barabas ?
Bar. No farther : 'tis a custom held with us,
Lod. Well, Barabas, canst help me to a diamond ? 50
Bar. O, sir, your father had my diamonds.
I'll sacrifice her on a pile of wood.
[Aside. Lod. What sparkle does it give without a foil ?
Bar. The diamond that I talk of ne'er was foiled :But when he touches it, he will be foiled : [Aside. Lord Lodowick, it sparkles bright and fair.
бо Lod. Is it square or pointed, pray let me know. Bar. Pointed it is, good sir-but not for you. [Aside. Lod. I like it much the better. Bar. So do I too. Lod. How shows it by night?
Bar. Outshines Cynthia's rays :
Lod. And what's the price?
house And I will give 't your honour-with a vengeance. [Aside. Lod. No, Barabas, I will deserve it first.
70 Bar. Good sir, Your father has deserved it at my hands, Who, of mere charity and Christian truth, To bring me to religious purity, And as it were in catechising sort, To make me mindful of my mortal sins, Against my will, and whether I would or no, Seized all I had, and thrust me out o' doors, And made my house a place for nuns most chaste.
Lod. No doubt your soul shall reap the fruit of it. 80
Bar. I, but, my lord, the harvest is far off :
Lod. Good Barabas, glance not at our holy nuns.
Bar. No, but I do it through a burning zeal,Hoping ere long to set the house afire;
Lod. And, Barabas, I'll bear thee company.
Bar. Come then-here's the market-place.
i Off Sir, that's his price.
Bar. What, can he steal that you demand so much ?
1 Dyce quotes from Barnabe Barnes' Divils Charter, 1607, “For I must have a saying to those bottels." 2 Pieces of silver. Cf. Ant, and Cleo. :
“ Realms and islands were As plates dropt from his pocket.”
So that, being bought, the town-seal might be got
Lod. Rat'st thou this Moor but at two hundred plates ?
Bar. What, hast the philosopher's stone? and thou hast, break my head with it, I'll forgive thee.
Slave. No, sir; I can cut and shave.
Bar. A youth? I'll buy you, and marry you to Lady Vanity, if you do well.
Slave. I will serve you, sir.
Bar. Some wicked trick or other. It may be, under colour of shaving, thou'lt cut my throat for my goods. Tell me, hast thou thy health well ?
Slave. I, passing well.
Bar. So much the worse; I must have one that's sickly, and be but for sparing victuals : 'tis not a stone of beef a day will maintain you in these chops ; let me see one that's somewhat leaner.
1 Old ed. “Itha."
4 An allegorical character in the old moralities. Cf. 1 Henry IV. ii. 4:—"That reverend vice, that grey iniquity, that vanity in years." la the Devil is an Ass, “Lady Vanity” is coupled with “Iniquity.”