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his meaning, chooses you), will, no doubt, never be chosen by any rightly, but one who you shall rightly love. But what warmth is there in your affection towards any of these princely suitors that are already come?

Por. I pray thee, over-name them; and as thou namest' them, I will describe them ; and, according to my description, level at my affection.

Ner. First, there is the Neapolitan prince.

Por. Ay, that's a colt*, indeed, for he doth nothing but talk of his horse; and he makes it a great appropriation to his own good parts, that he can shoe him himself: I am much afraid, my lady, his mother played false with a smith. Ner. Then is there the countyt Palatine.

Por. He does nothing but frown; as who should say, An if you will not have me, choose: he hears merry tales, and smiles not: I fear, he will prove tlie weeping philosupher when he grows old, being so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. I had rather be married to a death's head with a bóne in his mouth, than to either of these. God defend me from these two!

Ner. How say you by the French lord, Monsieur

Le Bon ?

Por. God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a mocker: But, he ! why, he hath a horse better than the Neapolitan's; a better bad habit of frowning than the count Palatine: he is every man io no man: if a throstle sing, he falls straight a capering; ho will fence with his own shadow: if I should marry him, I should marry twenty husbands: If he would despise me, I would forgive him ; for if he love me to madness, I shail never reyuite him.

Ner. What say you then to Faulconbridge, the young baron of England?

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derstands not me, nor I him : he hath neither Latin, French, nor Italian; and you will come into the court and swear, that I have a poor peony-worth in the English. He is a proper man's picture; But, alas! who can converse with a dumb show? How oddly he is suited! I think he bought his doublet in Italy, his round hose in France, bis bonnet in Ger. many, and his behaviour every where.

Ner. What think you of the Scottish lord, his neighbour?

Por. That he hath a neighbourly charity in him; for he borrowed a box of the ear of the Englishman, and swore he would pay him again, when he was able: I think the Frenchnian became his surety, and sealed under for another.

Ner. How like you the young German, the duke of Saxony's pephew?

Por. Very vilely in the morning, when he is sober; and most vilely in the afternoon, when he is drunk: when he is best, he is a little worse than a man; and when lie is worst, lie is little better than a beast: an the worst fall that ever fell, I hope, I shall make shift to go without him,

Ner. If he should offer to choose, and choose the right casket, you should refuse to perform your fa. ther's will, if you should refuse to accept him. Por, Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray

thee, set a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary casket: for, if the devil be within, and that tempta. tion without, I know he will choose it. I will do any thing, Nerissa, ere I will be married to a Spunge.

Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of these lords; they have acquainted me with their determinations: which is, indeed, to return to their home, aud to trouble you with no more suit; unless you may be won by some other sort than your father's imposition, depending on the caskets.

Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner of my father's will: I am glad this parcel of wooers

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Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's time, a Venetiau, a scholar, and a soldier, that came hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat?

Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, so was he called.

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?

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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 saiut, 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 ene wooer, auother knocks at the door,

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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 nionths, and Antonio bound.

Bass. Your answer to that.
Shy. Antonio is a good inan.

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 land-rats, and waler rats, water-thieves, and landthieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks: The man is, not. withstanding, sufficient;-three thousand ducats; I think I may take his bood.

Bass. Be assured you may.

Shy. I will be assured I may; and, that I 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 de. vil 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?

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Bass. This is signior Antonio.
Sly. [Aside.] How like a fayning publican be looks!

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I bate him, for he is a Christian :
But more, for that, in low simplicity,
lle leuds out money gratis, and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred uation; and he rails,
Even there where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my bargains, and my well.won thrift,
Which he calls interest: Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive him!

Shglock, do you hear?
Shy. I am debating of my present store;
And, by the near guess

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Of full three thousand ducats: What of that?
Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,
Will furnish me: But soft; How many months
Do you desire?-Rest you fair, good signior;
Your worslıip 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,
I'll break a custom :--- Is he yet possess'dt,
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.

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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.

* Wants which admit no longer delay. Informed.

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