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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,
That all the eanlings which were streak’d, and pied,
Should fall as Jacob's hire; the ewes, being rank,
In the end of autumn turned to the rams:
And wheu the work of generation was
Between these woolly breeders in the act,
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 breed as fast :--
But note me, signior.
Ant.

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;
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

Shy. Three thousand ducats --'tis a good round

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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 usancest:

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Still have I borde it with a patient shrug;
For sufferance is the badge of all our Lribe :
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 hude 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,
i Fuir sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last ;

You spurn'd me such a day; another time
You calld me-dog; and for these courtesies
I'll lend you thus much inonies.

Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
To spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.
If thou wilt lend this money, lead it not
As to thy friends (for when did friendship take
A breed for barreu metal of his friend ?)
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Who if he break, thou may’st with better face
Exact the penalty.
Shy.

Why, look you, how you storm!
I would be friends with you, and have your love,
Forget the shames that you have slain d 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.

This kindness will I shov:
Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Your single bond ; and, in a merry sport,
If you repay me not on such a day,

Shy.

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In such a place, such sum, or sums, as are
Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound
Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
In what part of your body pleaseth me.

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
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 dealings 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 min,
Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say,
To buy his favour, I extend this friendship:
If he will take it, so; if not, adieu;
And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.

Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.

Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Give him direction for this merry bond,
And I will go and purse the ducats straight;
See to my house, left in the fearful guard
of an unthrifty knave; and presently
I will be with you.

(Exit. Ant.

Hie thee, gentle Jew.
This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kinda

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 mionth before the day,

[Exeunt. Abide.

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ACT II.

SCENE I. Belmont. A room in Portia's house.

Flourish of cornets. Enter the Prince of Morocco,

and his train; Portia, Nerissa, and other of her
attendants.

Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion,
The shadow'd livery of the burnish'd'sun,
To whom I am a neighbour, and near bred.
Bring me the fairest creature northward born,
Where Plicebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles,
And let us make incision* for your love,
To prove whose blood is reddest, his or mine.
I tell thee, lady, this aspect of mine
Hath fear'dt the valiant; by my love, I swear,
The best-regarded virgins of our clime
Have lov'd it too: I would not change this hue,
Except to steal your thoughts, my gentle queen.

Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led
By nice direction of a maiden's eyes:
Besides the lottery of my destiny
Bars me the right of voluntary choosing:
But, if my father had not scanted me,
And hedg'd me by his wit, to yield myself
His wife, who wins me by that means I told you,
Yourself, renowned prince, then stood as fair,
As any comer I have look'd on yet,
For my affection.
Mor.

Even for that I thank you ;
Therefore, I pray you, lead me to the caskets,

* Allusion to the eastern custoin for lovers to testify their passiou by cutting themselves in their mis

tresses' sight.

+ Terrified.

Tartarris |

To try my fortune. By this scimitar,
That slew the sophy, and a Persian prince,
That won three fields of Sultan Solyman,
I wouid out-stare the sternest eyes that look,
Out-brave the heart most daring on the earth,
Pluck the young sucking cubs from the she-beas,
Yea, mock the lion when he roars for prey,
To wiu thee, lady: But, alas the while !
If Hercules, and Lichas, play at dice
Which is the better man, the greater throw
May turn by fortune from the weaker hand :
So is Alcides beaten by his page;
And so may I, blind fortune leading me,
Miss that which one unworthier may attain,
And die with grieving.
Por.

You must take your chance;
And either not attempt to choose at all,
Or swear, before you choose,--if you choose wrong,
Never to speak to lady afterward
In way of marriage; therefore, be advis'd*.
Mor. Nor will not; come, bring me unto my

chance.
Por. First, forward to the temple ; after dinner
Your hazard shall be made,
Mor.

Good fortune then!

(Cornets. To make me bless'd, or cursed'st among men.

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