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now :-two thousand ducats in that; and other precious, precious jewels.—I would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! 'would she were hears'd at my foot, with the ducats in her coffin ! No news of them ?--Why, so :—and I know not what's spent in the search : Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge : nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders ; no sighs, but o' my breathing ; no tears, but o'my shedding.
Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too ; Antonio, as I heard in Genoa,
Shy. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck ?
Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.
Shy. I thank thee, good Tubal ;-Good news, good news : ha! ha!-Where! in Genoa !
Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.
Shy. Thou stick’st a dagger in me : I shall never see my gold again : Fourscore ducats at a sitting! fourscore ducats !
Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my compamy to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but break.
Shy. I am very glad of it : I'll plague him ; I'll torture him; I am very glad of it.
Tub. One of them showed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a monkey.
Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal : It was my turquoise ; I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelor : * I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkies.
Tub. But Antonio is certainly undone. (4) A turquoise is a precious stone found in the veins of the mountains on the confines of Persia to the east, subject to the Tartars As Shylock had been married long enough to have a daughter grown up, it is plain he did not value this turquoise on account of the money for which he might hope to sell it, but merely in respect of the imaginary virtues formerly ascribed to the
It was said of the Turkey-stone, that it faded or brightened in its colour, as the health of the wearer increased or grew less. To this Ben Jonson refers, in his Sejanus :
" And true as Turkise in my dear lord's ring,
Look well or ill with him." Other superstitious qualities are imputed to it, all of which were either mon, itory or preservative to the wearer. The same quality was supposed to be reside nt in coral.
Shy. Nay, that's true, that's very true : Go, Tubal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before : I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit ; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchandize I will : Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; go, good Tubal ; at our synagogue, Tubal.
SCENE II. Belmont. A Room in PORTIA's House. Enter BAS
SANIU, PortiA, GRATIANO, NERISSA, and Attendants. The caskets are set out.
Por. I pray you, tarry ;-pause a day or two,
speak too long ; but 'tis to peize the time ;6
Bass. Let me choose ;
Por. Upon the rack, Bassanio ? then confess  The meaning is, “ If the worst I fear should happen, and it should prove in the event, that I, who am justly yours by the free donation I have made you of myself, should yet not be yours in consequence of an unlucky choice, let fortune go to hell for rubbing you of your just due, not I for violating my oath.” HEATH.
 To peize, is to weigh, or balance; and figuratively, to keep in suspense, to delay. HENLEY.
What treason there is mingled with your love.
Bass. None, but that ugly treason of mistrust,
Por. Ay, but, I fear, you speak upon the rack,
Bass. Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.,
Bass. Confess, and love,
Por. Away then : I am lock'd in one of them ;
S O N G
In the heart, or in the head ?
Reply. 2. It is engender'd in the eyes,
With gazing fed ; and fancy dies
Let us all ring fancy's knell ;
I'll begin it,Ding dong, bell. All. Ding, dong, bell.
Bas.-So may the outward shows be least themselves; 6 The world is still deceiv'd with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being reason'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it? with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament ? There is no vice so simple, but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars ; Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk : And these assume but valour's excrement, 8 To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight ;9 Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it : So are those crisped snaky golden locks, Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known To be the dowry of a second head, The skull that bred them, in the sepulchre. Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea ; the beauteous scarf Veiling an Indian beauty ; in a word, The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest. Therefore, thou gaudy gold, Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee : Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge 'Tween man and man: but thou, thou meagre lead, Which rather threat'nest, than dost promise aught, Thy plainness moves me more than eloquence,  He begins abruptly ; the first part of the argument had passed in his JOHNSON
 i.e. justify it. STEEVENS.  1.e. what a little higher is called the beard of Hercules.  i.e. artificial beauty is purchased so ; as, false hair, &c. STEE VENS
And here choose I ; Joy be the consequence!
Por. How all the other passions fleet to air,
Bass. What find I here! [Opening the leaden casket.
You that choose not by the view,
And claim her with a loving kiss.
[!] I once believed Sh.akspeare wrote-In measure rein thy joy. The words rain and rein were not in these times distinguished by regular orthogra
JOHNS.—I believe Shakspeare alluded to the well known proverb, It cannot rain, but it pours. STEEVENS.
 Counterfeit, which is at present used only in a bad sense, anciently signified a likeness, a resemblance, without comprehending any idea of fraud. So Hamlet calls the pictnre he shows his mother
“ The counterfeit presentment of two brothers." STEEVENS.