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of greatest port, have all persuaded with him;
Sut none can drive him from the envious plea
or forfeiture, of justice, and his bond.
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him swear,
To Tubal, and to Chus, his countrymen,
That he would rather have Antonio's flesh,
Than twenty times the value of the sum
That he did owe him: and I know, my lord,
If law, authority, and power deny not,
It will go hard with poor Antonio.
Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in trouble?
Bass. The dearest friend to me, the kindest mall,
The best condition'd and unwearied spirit
In doing courtesies; and one, in whom
The ancient Roman honour more appears,
Than any that draws breath in Itals.
Por. What sum owes he the Jew?
Bass. For me, three thousand ducats.
What, no more?
Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond;
Double six thousand, and then treble that,
Before a friend of this description
hair through Bassanio's fault.
First, go with ine to church, and call me wise :
And then away to Venice to your friend;
For never shall sou lie by Portia's side
With an unquiet soul. You shall have gold
To pay the petty debt twenty times over;
When it is paid, bring your true friend along :
My maid Nerissa, and inyself, mean time,
Will live as maids and widows. Come, away;
For you shall hence upon your wedding-day:
Bid your friends welcome, show a merry cheer;
Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear.
But let me hear the letter of your friend.
Bass. (Reads ) Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew i forfeit; and since, in paying it, it is impossible I should lire, all debts are cleared between you and I, if I might but see you at my death: notwithstanding, use your pleasure ; your love do not persuade you to come, let no my letter.
Por. O love, despatch all business, and be gone.
Bass. Since I have your good leave to go away,
I will make haste; but, till I come again,
No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,
No rest be interposer 'twixt us iwain. [Breaal.
SCENE II1.-Venice. A Street.
Enter SHYLOCK, SALANIO, ANTONIO, and
Shy. Gaoler, look to him: Tell not me of mercs.-
This is the fool that lent out money gratis.-
Gaoler, look to him.
Hear me yet, good Shylock.
Shy. I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond;
I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond.
Thou callidst me dog, before thou hadst à cause ;
But, since I am a dog, beware my fanga :
The duke shall grant me justice.-1 do wonder,
Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond
To come abroad with him at his request.
Ant. I pray thee, hear me speak.
Shy. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak:
I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more.
I'll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool,
To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond.
Salan. It is the most impenetrable cur
That ever kept with men.
Let him alone;
I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
He seeks my life; his reason well 1 kilow :
I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
Many, that have at times made moan to me;
Therefore he hates me.
I am sure, the duke
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Ant. The duke cannot deny the course of law;
For the commodity that strangers have
With us in Venice, if it be denied,
Will much impeach the justice of the state;
Since that the trade and profit of the city
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
These griefs and losses have so 'bated me,
That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
To-morrow to my bloody creditor.--,
Well, gaoler, ou :-Pray God, Bassanio come
To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! [Eceurt.
SCENE IV.-Belmont. A Room in Portia's House
Enter PORTIA, NERISSA, LORENZO, JESSICA,
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
You have a noble and a true conceit
of god-like amity, which appears most strongly
In bearing thus the absence of your lord.
But, if you knew to whom you shew this honour,
How true a gentleman you send relief,
How dear a lover of my lord your husband,
I know, you would be prouder of the work,
Than customary bounty can enforce you.
Por. I never did repent for doing good,
Nor shall not now: for in companions
That do converse and waste the time together,
Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,
There must be needs a like proportion
or lineaments, of manners, and of spirit;
Which makes me think, that this Antonio,
Being the bosom lover of my lorit,
Must needs be like my lord: If it be so,
How little is the cost I have bestow'd,
In purchasing this semblance of my soul
From out the state of hellish cruelty!
This comes too near the praising of mysell;
Therefore, no more of it hear Other things.
Lorenzo, commit into your hands
The husbandry and manage of my house,
Until my lord's return: for mine own part,
I have toward heaven breathed a secret vow,
To live in prayer and contemplation,
Only attended by Nerissa here,
Until her husband and my lord's return:
There is a monastery two miles off,
And there we will abide. I do desire you,
Not to deny this imposition ;
The which my love, and some necessity,
Madam, with all my heart;
I shall obey you in all fair commands.
Por. My people do already know my mind,
And will acknowledge you and Jessica
In place of lord Bassanio and myself.
So fare you well, till we shall meet again.
Lor. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend or you!
Jes. I wish your ladyship all heart's content.
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleased
To wish it back on your fare you well, Jessica.
[E.reunt Jessica and Loren 20.
As I have ever found thee honest, true,
So let me find thee still : Take this same letter,
And use thou all the endeavour of a man,
In speed to Padua; see thou render this
Into my cousin's hand, doctor Bellario;
And, look, what notes and garments he doth give thee,
Bring them, I pray thee, with imagined speed :
Unto the traject, to the common ferry
Which trades to Venice :-waste no time in words,
But get thee gone ; I shall be there before thee.
Balth. Madam, I go with all convenient speed.
Por. Come on, Nerissa ; I have work in hand,
That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands
Before they think of us.
Shall they see us ?
Por. They shall, Nerissa ; but in such a habit,
That they shall think we are accomplished
With what we lack. I'll hold thee any wager,
When we are both accouter'd like young men,
I'll prove the prettier fellow of the two,
And wear my dagger with the braver grace;
And speak, between the change of man and boy,
With a reed voice; and turn two mincing steps
Into a manly stride; and speak of frays,
Like a fine bragging youth; and tell quaint lies,
How honourable ladies sought my love,
Which I denying, they fell sick and died;
I could not do with all ;-then I'll repent,
And wish, for all that, that I had not kill'd them:
And twenty of these puny lies I'll tell,
That men shall swear, I have discontinued school
Abore a twelvemonth. I have within my mind
A thousand raw tricks of these bragging Jacks,
Why, shall we turn to men !
Por. Fy! what a question's that,
If thou wert near a lewd interpreter ?
But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device,
When I am in my coach, which stays for us
At the park gate, and therefore haute awas
Por we must measure twenty miles de da (Exeunt. .
SCENE V.-The same. A Garden.
Enter LAUNCELOT and JESSICA. Laun. Yes, truly :- for, look you, the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children; therefore, I promise you, I fear you. I was always plain with you, and so now I speak my agitation of the matter : Therefore, be of good cheer; for, truly, I think, you are damned. There is but one hope in it that can do any good; and that is but a kind of bastard hope neither.
Jes. And what hope is that, I pray thee?
Laun. Marry, you may partly hope that your father got you not, that you are not the Jew's daughter.
Jes. That were a kind of bastard hope, indeed; 60 the sins of my mother should be visited upon me.
Laun. Truly then I fear you are damned both by father and mother: thus when I shun Scylla, your father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother : well, you are gone both ways.
Jes. I shall be saved by my husband; he hath made me a Christian.
Laun. Truly, the more to blame he: we were Christians enough before ; e'en as many as could well live, one by another. This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money.
Enter LORENZO. Jes. I'll tell my husband, Launcelot, what you say ; here he comes.
Lor. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, if you thus get my wife into corners.
Jes. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo : Latincelot and I are ont. He tells me flatly, there is no mercy for me in heaven, because I am a Jew's daughter: and he says, you are no good member of the commonwealth ; for, in converting Jews to Christians, you raise the price of pork. Lo
I shall answer that better to the commonwealth than you can the getting up of the negro's belly; the Moor is with child by you, Launcelot.
Laun. It is much, that the Moor should be more than reason: but if she be less than an honest woman, she is, Indeed, more than I took her for.