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dia you say' ? My dear brother in affliction', make me your confidant.

Capt. Eth. I intended to do só, or I should not have originated the subject. My father brought up the daughter of our steward, Bargrové, with my sister Agnes. I have therefore known Lucy from her infancy", and ought I to be ashamed to say how much I am in love with her' ?

Capt. Mer. Etheridgè, this is a point on which', I am afraid' my advice would not be well received.

Capt. Eth. Of course you would imply that she must be renounced'.

Capt. Mer. Most assuredly'; that is my opinion on a firs view of the case. You have your father's' example.

Capt. Eth. I havè, but still there are many points in my favor. Bargrove is of a very old', though decayed family'; indeed', much more ancient than our own.

Capt. Mer. I grant you, there is one difficulty removed. But still your relative position. He is now your father's steward.

Capt. Eth. That is certainly a great obstacle; but on the other hand, she has really been well educated.

Capt. Mer. Another point in your favor', I grant.
Capt. Eth. With respect to Lucy herself', she is

Capt. Mer. As your father thought your mother'—perfection'. Recollect, thē sõft pāw of thē cāt conceals the talons.

Capt. Eth. Judge for yourself when you see and converse with her. I presume I am to consider myself blind'. At all events', I have decided upon nothing'; and have neither by word' or deed', allowed her to suppose an attachment on my part: still it is a source of great anxiety. I almost wish that she were happily married'. By-the-by', my mother hates her.

Capt. Mer. That's not in your favor, though it is in her's. Capt. Eth. And


father dotes upon her. Capt. Mer. That's in favor of you both'. Capt. Eth. Now you have the whole story', you may

advise me as you please; but remember', I still preserve my veto.

Capt. Mer. My dear Etheridge, with your permission', I will not advise at all". Your father tried in the same lottery', and drew a blank'; you may gain the highest prize'; but my hopes with your sister render it a most delicate subject for my opinion. Your own good sense must guide you.

Capt. Eth. Unfortunately it often happens, that when a man takes his feelings for a guidé, he walks too fast for good sense to keep pace with him.

Capt. Mer. At all events be not precipitatè ; and do not

advance one stêp which', as a man of honor', you may not retrace.

Capt. Eth. I will not if I can help it. But here comes Mr. Harness.


Portia. Is your name Shylock' ?

Shylock' is my name.
Por. Of a strange nature is the suit you follow";

Yet in such rule, that the Venetian law'
Cannot oppose you, as you do proceed.-
You stand within his reach do you not' ?

[To Antonio
Antonio. Ay', so he says.

Do you confess the bond'?
Ant. I dò.
Por. Then must the Jew be merciful'.
Shy. On what compulsion must I'? tell me thạt'.
Por. The quality of mercy is not strained';

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven',
Upon the place beneath'; it is twice blessed';
It blesseth him' that gives', and him that takes" :
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest"; it becomes'
The throned monarch better than his crown':
His scepter shows the force of temporal' power,
The attribute to awer and majesty',
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings';
But mercy' is above this sceptered sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings';
It is an attribute to God' himself';
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy' seasons justicè. Therefore, Jew',
Though justice be thy plea', consider this", -
That, in the course of jûstice, none of us'
Should see salvation': we do


And thāt sāme prāyēr doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much',
To mitigate the justice of thy plea';
Which if thou fôllow', this strict court of Venice
Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant thérè



Shy. My deed's upon my' head! I crave the law','

The penalty and forfeit' of my bond.
Por. Is he not able to discharge the money' ?
Bassanio. Yes', here I tender it for him in the court":

Yea', twice the sum : if that will not sufficé,
I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er',
On forfeit of my hands', my head', my heart';
If this will not sufficé, it must appear'
That malicè bears down truth'. And I beseech you,
Wrest once the law to your authority':
To do a greāt right', do a little wrong,

And curb this cruel devil of his will.
Por. It must not bè; there is no power in Venice

Can alter a decree established':
'Twill be recorded for a precedent';
And many an error', by the same example,

Will rush into the statě: it cannot bè.
Shy. A Daniel' come to jūdgmēnt'! yea a Danie!'!

O wisē young jūdgè, how do I honor thee !
Por. I

pray you let me lôok upon the bond.
Shy. Here'tis', most reverend doctor', here it is'.
Por. Shylock', there's thrice thy money offered theé.
Shy. An oath', an oath', I have an oath in heaven':

Shall I lay perjury upon my souľ ?

Nò, not for Venice.

Why', this bond is forfeit';
And lawfully', by this', the Jew may claim'
A pound of flesh', to be by him cut off
Nearest the merchant's heart': Be merciful';

Take thrīcè thy money'; bid me tear' the bond
Shy. When it is pâid according to the tenor'.-

It doth appear, you are a worthy judgè;
You know the law', your exposition'
Hath been most sound"; I charge you by the lāw,
Whereof you are a well-deserving pillar',
Proceed to judgment': by my soul I swear',
There is no power in the tongue of man'

To alter me: I stay hērè, on my bond'.
Ant. Most heartily I do beseech the court'

To give the judgment.

Why then', thus it is.
You must prepare your bosom for his knifè.
Shy. O noble judgè! O excellent young man !
Por. For the intent' and purpose of the law

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Hath full relation to the penalty',

Which here appeareth due upon the bond. Shy. 'Tis very true: 0 wise and upright judge !

And how much elder' art thou’ than thy looks! Por. Therefore, lay bare your

bosom. Shy.

Ay, his breast',

says the bond';-Doth it noť, noble judge' ?Néarēst his heart'; those are the very

words'. Por. It is so. Is there balance heré, to weigh

The flesh'? Shy.

I have them ready:
Por. Have by some surgeon, Shylock', on your charge',

To stop his wounds', lest he do bleed to death.
Shy. Is it sõ nominated in the bond' ?
Por. It is not sò expressed ; but what of that ?

"Twere good you do so much' for chârity'.
Shy. I cannot find it'; 'tis not in the bond'.
Por. Comè, merchanť, have you any thing to sayo?
Ant. But little ; I am armed and well prepared'.-
Give me your hand", Bassanio'; fare


Grieve not that I am fallen to this for yoū;
For herein fortune shows herself more kind
Than is her custom; it is still her use'
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth";
To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
An age of poverty"; from which lingering penance
Of such a misery' doth she cut mē off.
Commend me to your honorable wifè;
Tell her the process of Antonio's end';
Say how I loved you ; speak me fair in death";
And when the tale is told', bid her be judgé,
Whether Bassanio had not once a love.
Repent not that

shall lose


friendo; And hē repents not that he pays your debt"; For if the Jew do cut but deep' enough',

I'll pay it instantly with all my heart.
Shy. We trifle timè: I


pursue sentence. Por. A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thinè;

The court awards it, and the law doth give it'. Shy. Most rightful judgè! Por. And you must cut this flesh from off his breast“;

The law allows it', and the court awards it'. Shy. Most learned judgé !-a sentence ; comè, prepare Por. Tarry a little ; there is something else.

This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;
The words expressly arè, a pound of flesh';
But, in the cutting it, if thou dost shed
Oņe drop of Christian blood', thy lands and goods'
Are, by the laws of Venicé, confiscaté

Unto the state of Venice.
Gratiano. O upright judgè !-Mark, Jew";-0 learned

judge ! Shy. Is that the law? Por.

Thyself shalt see the act':
For', as thou urgest justice', be assured',

Thou shalt hạvè justicè, morè, than thou desir’st.
Gra. O learned judge – Mark', Jew'; -a learned judgè !
Shy. I take this offer then';—pay the bond thrīcè,

And let the Christian go. Bass.

Here is the

money. Por. Soft;

The Jew shall have all justice ;-soft' Sno hastè ;

He shall have nothing but the penalty:
Gra. O Jewo! an upright judgè, a learned judgè !
Por. Thereforè, prepare thee to cut off the flesh.

Shed thou no blood'; nor cut thou less', nor morè,
But just a poạnd of flesho: if thou tak’st more',
Or less', than a just poûnd,—be it but so much'
As makes it light, or heavy', in the substancé,
Or the division of the twentieth part
Of one poor scruple^; nay, if the scale do turn'
But in the estimation of a hair',-

Thou diest', and all thy goods are con fiscate'.
Gra. A second Danièl, a Daniel', Jew!

Now', infidel', I have thee on the hip'.
Por. Why doth the Jew pausé ? take thy forfeiture.
Shy. Give me my principal', and let me gò.
Bass. I have it ready for theè ; here it is.
Por. He hath refused it in the


He shall have merely justice, and his bond.
Gra. A Daniel', still

say ľ ; a second Daniel' !
I thank thee, Jew', for teaching me that' word.
Shy. Shall I not have barely my principal'?
Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture'.

To be so taken at thy peril', Jew'.
Shy. Why', then', the devil do him good of it!

I'll stay no longer question.

Tarry', Jew";
The law hath yet another hold on you.

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