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Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK.
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, 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 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.. Shylock, do you hear?
Shy. I am debating of my present store;
[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 of my friend"}, Ill break a custom:--Is he yet possess'd, How much you would ?
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. Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Laban's sheep, This Jacob from our holy Abraham was (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf,) The third possessor; ay, he was the third.
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,
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd for;
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:But note me, signior.
Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite scripture for his purpose. An evil soul, producing holy witness, Is like a villain with a smiling cheek; A goodly apple rotten at the heart: 0, what a goodly outside falshood hath 14! 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?