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other 'fort 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 are so very reasonable ; for there is not one among them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray God grant them a fair departure.
Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's time, a Venetian, a scholar, and a soldier, that came hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat?
Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio ; as I think, fo he was callid.
Ner. True, madam; he, of all the men that ever my foolish eyes look'd 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?
Enter a Servant.
Ser. The four strangers seek for you, madam,' to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come from a fifth, che prince of Morocco; who brings word, the prince, his master, will be here to-night.
Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good heart as I can bid the other four farewel, I should be glad of his approach : if he have the condition of a saint, 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 one wooer, another knocks at the door.
[Exeunt. fort-means, mode.
the condition]-the difpofition, good qualities. be should shrive me shan wive me. I-be my confeffor, than my
Enter Bassanio and Sbylock.
Baf. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio shall be bound.
Shy. Anthonio shall become bound, -well.
Bas. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer ?
Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Anthonio bound.
Bas. Your answer to that.
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 water rats, water thieves, and land thieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks : The man is, notwith,
u is a good man.]- of good credit, in the mercantile sense.
CORIOLANUS, Act I, S. 1. i Cit. w in fuppofition:]-in fome degree imaginary, being in such a pre. carious situation.
standing, sufficient :- three thousand ducats ;-I think, I may take his bond.
Bals. Be assur’d, you may.
Sby. I will be assur’d, I may; and, that I may be assurd, I will bethink me: May I speak with Anthonio ? Baf. If it please you to dine with us.
Sby. 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?
Bal. This is signior Anthonio.
Sby. [Afde.] How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a christian : But more, for that, in low simplicity, He lends 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 facred nation ; 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 ! Bal. Shylock, do you
hear? Sby. I am debating of my present store ;
Act IV, S. 1. Gra.
And, by the near guess of my memory,
desire ?—Reft you fair, good signior; [To Anth. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Anth. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Sby. I had forgot,-three months, you told me fo.
Antb. I do never use it.
Shy. When Jacob graz’d his uncle Laban's sheep,
Anth. And what of him? did he take interest ?
Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you would say,
ripe)-pressing, which cannot brook delay. poDefi'd, ]-informed and again in A& IV, S. 1. Shy. were compromis'd, ]-had made an agreement. d canlings,]-lambs.
And when the work of generation was
Anth. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd for;
Shy. I cannot tell ; I make it breed as fast:--
Antb. Mark you this, Bassanio,
Sby. Three thousand ducats,—'tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.
Anth. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?
Sby. Signior Anthonio, many a time and oft
* Fall]-Drop, let fall.
ulances :)-rate of intereft.