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heart as I can bid the other four farewell, 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.
SCENE III.—Venice. A public place.
Enter BASSAN10 and ShylocK.
Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.
Shy. Antonio shall become bound, -well.
Bass. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer ?
Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound.
Bass. Your answer to that.
Bass. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?
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 venlures he hath, squander'd abroad : But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats, and waterrats, water-thieves, and land-thieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks : The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient;—three thousand ducals ;-I think, I may take his bond.
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?
Shy. [Aside.] How like a fawning publican he looks !
Bass. Shylock, do you hear?
And, by the near guess of my memory,
[TO ANTONIO. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Ant. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow,
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
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: 1 :
And when the work of generation was
Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv'd for;
Shy. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:
Ant. Mark you this, Bassanio,
Shy. Three thousand ducats,—'tis a good round sun. 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
And all for use of that, which is mine own.
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
Shy. Why, look you, how you storm! I would be friends with you, and have your love, Forget the shames that you have stain’d me with, Supply your present wants, and take no doit Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me : This is kind I offer.
Ant. This were kindness.