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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 forerunner come from a fifth, the prince of Morocco; who brings word, the prince, his master, will be here to-night.
Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good 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.
SCENE III. Venice. A public Place.
Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK.
Shy. Three thousand ducats,—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?
Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound.
Bass. Your answer to that.
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 hath, squandered 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?
Bass. This is seignior Antonio.
Shylock, do you hear ?
Shy. I am debating of my present store;
[Το ANTONIO. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
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
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 compromised, That all the eanlings · which were streaked, 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 peeled me certain wands,
1 Wants come to the height, which admit no longer delay. 2 Informed.
3 Young lambs just dropped, or eaned. This word is usually spelled yean, but the Saxon etymology demands ean. It is applied particularly to ewes.
And in the doing of the deed of kind,
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob served for;
Shy. I cannot tell ; I make it breed as fast.-
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. Seignior Antonio, many a time and oft,
1 i. e. of nature.
A cur can lend three thousand ducats? Or
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
This were kindness.
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.
Ant. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it. Within these two months,—that's a month before
1.1. e. interest, money bred from the principal.