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Bass. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?
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 háth, squander'd abroad: But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be landrats, 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
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?
Bass. This is signior Antonio.
I hate him for he is a christian :
Shylock, do you hear?
[Το ANTONIO. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. Ant. And for three months.
Shy. I had forgot, -three months, you told me so. Well then, your bond; and, let me see, But
9 Wants which admit no longer delay.
Methought, you said, you neither lend, nor borrow,
I do never use it.
Ant. And what of him? did he take interest?
Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would say, Directly interest : mark what Jacob did. When Laban and himself were compromis'd, That all the eanlings which were streak’d, and pied, Should fall as Jacob's hire; the ewes, being rank, In the end of autumn turned to the rams : And when the work of generation was Between these woolly breeders in the act, The skilful shepherd peel'd me certain wands, And, in the doing of the deed of kind, He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes ; Who, then conceiving, did in eaning time Fall party-colour'd lambs, and those were Jacob's. 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 serv'd for;
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:-
Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
Shy. Three thousand ducats,-'tis a good round
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, In the Rialto you
have rated me About my monies, and my usances :3 Still have I borne it with a patient shrug; For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe : You call me--misbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine, And all for use of that which is mine 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 say so; You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur Over your threshold; monies is your suit. What should I say to you? Should I not say, Hath a dog money ? is it possible, A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key, With 'bated breath, and whispering humbleness, Say this, Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last ; You spurn'd me such a day; another time
You calld medog ; and for these courtesies
thus much monies.
Why, look you, how you storm!
Ant. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show :-
Ant. Content, in faith; I'll seal to such a bond, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, I'll rather dwell 4 in my necessity.