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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?
nnot instantly raise up the gross
[To ANTONIO. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow, By taking, nor by giving of excess, Yet, to supply the ripe wants 9 of my friend, I'll break a custom :-Is he yet possessid, How much you would? Shy.
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,
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?
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 call d me-dog ; and for these courtesies
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
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 in my necessity.