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Subject to the same diseases, healed by the same
Warmed and cooled by the same summer and winter,
As a Christian is? If you pick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us do we not laugh? if you poison us Do we not die? and if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
The villainy you teach me, I will execute!"
Tubal, the Hebrew friend of Shylock, says:
"But Antonio is certainly undone.”
Shylock delighted says:
"That's true, that's very true.
Tubal, fee me an officer; bespeak him a fortnight before.
I will have the heart of Antonio if he forfeit the bond.
Go, Tubal, meet me at our synagogue."
Portia again appears for the third time to undergo matrimonial choice.
Bassanio, the particular friend of Antonio, is the real love suitor for the hand and heart of the beautiful Portia, and appears at her palace, attended by his faithful Venetian friends. He is a high-toned, but impecunious Italian gentleman, whose heart and soul are ninety per cent. larger than his pockets.
Portia seems to be fascinated with Bassanio, and wishes him to remain at her home and take time in choosing the right casket, but he wants to act instanter, confessing his love.
"Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Now he goes,
With no less dignity, but with much more love
The virgin tribute paid by howling Troy
Bassanio, standing before the leaden casket, utters this high sounding, moral, truthful speech:
"The world is still deceived with ornament.
So are those curled, snaky golden locks,
To be the dowers of a second head;
Thou meagre lead casket,
Which rather rebuffs than dost promise aught, Thy plainness moves me more than eloquence, And here choose I; joy the consequence!"
Opening the leaden casket, Bassanio exclaims:
"What find I here?
Fair Portia's counterfeit. What demigod
Here's the scroll,
The continent and summary of my fortune
If you be well pleased with this,
And hold your fortune for your bliss,
Turn you where your lady is
And claim her with a loving kiss!”
Bassanio kisses Portia, and she makes this womanly speech:
"You see me, Lord Bassanio, where I stand Such as I am; though for myself alone I would not be ambitious in my wish To wish myself much better; yet, for you I would be trebled twenty times myself; A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times more rich.
Happiest of all is that my fond spirit
And be my vantage to exclaim to you!”
Bassanio tells Portia that he is not a freeman, that Antonio borrowed three thousand ducats for him from Shylock, and that now he is miserable because Antonio may lose his life by the Jew claiming a pound of flesh in forfeit of the bonded debt.
Portia proposes to pay six thousand ducats rather than Antonio suffer, and says to Bassanio:
"First go with me to church and call me wife,
To pay the petty debt twenty times over!"
Shylock swears out a writ and puts Antonio in jail, and demands trial before the Grand Duke of Venice.
The Duke in open court, with all the witnesses and lawyers and people present, implores Shylock not to insist to cut a pound of flesh from the body of Antonio, and argues for mercy.
But, Shylock, impenetrable to the cries of mercy, says to the judge:
"I have told your grace of what I purpose;
A learned doctor of laws, Bellario, is expected to appear as the advocate for Antonio, and the Duke awaits him; but receives a letter saying that a young lawyer named Balthazar will represent him, as sickness prevents his presence.
Portia disguised like a doctor of laws appears in
The Duke asks: "Come you from old Bellario?" Portia replies: "I did, my lord."
Antonio and Shylock stand up in court, and Portia, after surveying each, inquires: "Is your name Shylock ?"
He replies: "Shylock is my name."
She says to Antonio: "You stand within Shylock's control, do you not?"
He responds: "Ay, so he says."
Portia asks: "Do you confess the bond?"
Portia speaks: "Then must the Jew be merciful ?"
Shylock asks: "On what compulsion must I? Tell me that?"