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Bass. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured, I may; and, that I may be 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 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?
Enter Antonio. Bass. This is signior Antonio. Shy. [Aside.] How like a fawning publican he
Shylock, do you hear ?
[To Antonio. Your worship 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,
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats. Ant. And for three months.
Shy. I had forgot,-three months, you told me so. 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.
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 when the work of generation was Between these woolly breeders in the act, The skilful shepherd peel’d me certain wands, And in the doing of the deed of kind I, 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
A thing not in his power to bring to pass,
Shy. I cannot tell : I make it breed as fast : But note me, signior. # Wants which admit no longer delay. of Informed. Nature.
Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can scite 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
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,
You call’d me~dog ; and for these courtesies
thus much monies.
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Why, look you, how you storm!
Ant. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show:
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
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Hie thee, gentle Jew. This Hebrew will turn Christian ; he grows kind.; 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 month before the day.
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,
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led
* Allusion to the eastern custom for lovers to testify their passion by cutting themselves in their mistresses' sight. of Terrified.