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THB MERCÀANT OF VENICE. 17 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 An. tonio?
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.
Bass. Shylock, do you hear?
Shy. I am debating on my present store;
many months Do you desire 1-Rest you fair, good signior; Your worship was the last man in our mouth
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
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,-But hear
you; Methought you said, you neither lend nor borrow, Upon advantage.
Ant. I do never use it.
Ant. And what of him? did he take interest ?
say, Directly interest: mark what Jacob did. When Laban and himself were compromis'd, That all the eanlings that were streak'd and py'd Should fall as Jacob's hire, The skilful shepherd peeld 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; A thing not in his power to bring to pass, But sway'd, and fashion’d, by the hand of Heaven; Was this inserted to make interest good? Or is your gold and silver, ewes and rams?
Shy. I cannot tell ; I make it brecd as fast.
Ant. Mark you this, Bassanio,
An holy soul, producing holy witness,
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, On the Rialto
have rated me
threshold; monies is your suit.
thus much monies.
I'll lend you
Who, if he break, thou may'st with better face
Shy. Why, look you, how you storm!
love, Forget the shames that
have staind me with, Supply your present wants, and take no doit Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me: This is kind I offer.
Ant. This were kindness.
Shy, 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'd rather dwell in my necessity,
Ant. 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 christians
are ; Whose own hard dealing teaches them suspect The thoughts of others ! 'Pray you, tell me this; If he should break his day, what should I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture ? A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, Is not so estimable, profitable neither, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats.
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's ;
Ant. Hie thee, gentle Jew, [Erit. SHYLOCK. This Hebrew will turn christian; he grows kind.
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.
ACT THE SECOND.
A Street in Venice, before Suylock's House.
Enter LAUNCELOT GOBBO.
Laun. Certainly, my conscience will serve me to run from the Jew my master: This fiend is at mine elbow, and tempts me, saying to me, Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good Gobbo, or good Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, take the start, run away: My couscience says,-no; take heed, honest Launcelot; take heed, honest Gobbo; or, as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; scorn