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their leave ; and there is a fore-runner come from a fifth, the 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 a heart as I can bid the other four farewel, I should be glad of his approach: if he have the condition of a faint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me, than wive me. Come, Nerisa. Sirrah, go before; while we shut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door.
SCE N E, a publick Plate in Venice.
Enter Bassanio and Shylock.
Shy. T Bar Ay, Sir, for three months.
Shy. For three months ? well.
Bass. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio fhail be bound.
Shy. Anthonio shall become bound ? well. Bass. May you stead me f will you pleasure me? shall I know your answer ?
Shy. Three thousand ducats for three months, and Anthonio bound?
Bas: Your answer to that.
Bass. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?
Shy. No, no, no, no; my meaning, in faying he is a good man, is to have you understand me, that he is sufficient : : yet his means are in supposition: he hath an Argosie bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies ; I understand moreover upon the Ryalto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England ; and other ventures he hath, squandered abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men ; there be land-rats, and water-rats, waterthieves, and land-thieves ; I mean, pirates; and then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks.
The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient; three thousand ducats ? I think, I may take his bond. Baf. Be affur'd, you may.
Sby. Shy. I will be affur'd, I may; and that I may be affur'd, I will bethink me; may I speak with Anthonio ?
Bal. If it pleases you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation, which your prophet the Nazarite conjur'd 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 Ryalto ? who is he, comes here?
Shy. [Aside.] How like a fawning publican he looks!
Bal Shylock, do you hear !
Shy. I am debating of my present store,
Anth. Shylock, although I neither lend nor borrow
Shy. Ay, ay. three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot, three months, you told me so;
but hear you,
Methought, you said, you neither lend nor borrow
Anth. 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 lay, Directly, interest; mark, what Jacob did. When Laban and himself were compromis'd, That all the yeanlings, which were streak'd and pied, Sould 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 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 yeaning 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 served for; A thing, not in his pow'r 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;
Anth. Mark you this, Bafanio ?
Shy. Three thousand ducats ! 'tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me fee the rate.
Anth. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you ?
Shy. Signior Anthonio, many a time and oft
Still have I born it with a patient shrug ;
thus much monies ?
Shy. Why, how you storm ?
Anth. This were kindness.
Shy. This kindness will I low ;
Of our fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
Anth. Content, in faith; I'll seal to such a bond,
Bal. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
Anth. Why, fear not, man ; I will not forfeit it;
Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are
Anth. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
[Exit. Anth. Hie thee, gentle Jew. This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind.
Bal. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind.
Anth. Come on, in this there can be no dismay ; My ships come home a month before the day. (Exeunt.