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than a beast: an the worst fall that ever fell, I hope I shall make shift to go without him.
Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose the right casket, you should refuse to perform your father's will, if you should refuse to accept him.
Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary casket: for, if the devil be within, and that temptation without, I know he will choose it. I will do anything, Nerissa, ere I will be married to a sponge.
Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of these lords; they have acquainted me with their determination : which is indeed, to return to their home, and to trouble you with no more suit; unless you may be won' by some other sort than your father's imposition, depending on the caskets.
Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner of my father's will: I am glad this parcel of wooers are so reasonable; for there is not one among them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray God grant them a fair departure.
Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that came hither in company of the marquis of Montferrat ?
Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think so was he called. Ner. True, madam; he of all the men that ever my foolish eyes looked upon, was the best deserving a fair lady.
Por. I remember him well; and I remember him worthy of thy praise.—How now! what news ?
Enter a SERVANT. Serv. The four strangers seek for you, Madam, to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come from a tifth, the prince of Moroco, who brings word, the prince, his master, will be here to-night.
Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good a heart as I can bid the other four farewell, I should be glad of his approach: if he have the condition* of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me than wive me. Come, Nerissa.-Sirrah, go before, Whiles we shut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door.
[Exeunt. SCENE III.-Venice. A public place.
Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK. Shy. Three thousand ducats,-well. Bass. Ay, Sir, for three months. Shy. For three months,--well. Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound. Shy. Antonio shall become bound,-well.
Bass. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer ?
* Temper, qualities.
Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound.
Bass. Your answer to that.
Shy. Ho, 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 understand moreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, and other ventures he hath, squanderd abroad : but ships are but boards, sailors 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, 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 ?
Bass. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell pork; 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:
Shy. [Aside.] How like a fawning publican he looks!
Bass. Shylock, do you hear ?
Shy. I am debating of my present store;
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
+ Wants which admit no longer delay.
I'll break a custom:- Is he yet possess’d, *
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot,--three months, you told me so.
Ant. I do never use it.
Shy. When Jacob grazed his uncle Laban's sheep
Ant. And what of him? did he take interest ?
Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would say,
Ant. This was a venture, Şir, that Jacob served for;
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:-
Ant. Mark you this, Bassanio,
Shy. Three thousand ducats,—'tis a good round sum, 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,
And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
Shy: Why, look you, how you storm!
Ant. This were kindness.
Shy. This kindness will I show:-
Ant. Content, in faith; I'll seal to such a bond,
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
Ant. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it;
O father Abraham, what these Christians are;
Whose own hard dealing teaches them suspect
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Ant. Hie thee, gentle Jew.
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.
SCENE I.-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.
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led