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You call me-misbeliever, cut-throat dog,
thus much monies.
Ant. This were kindness.
This kindness will I show :
c A breed for barren metal of his friend?] A breed, that is, interest money bred from the principal. By the epithet barren, the author would instruct us in the argument on which the advocates against usury went, which is this ; that money is a barren thing, and cannot, like corn and cattle, multiply itself. And to set off the absurdity of this kind of usury, he put breed and barren in opposition.-WARBURTON.
Go with me to a notary, seal me there
you repay me not on such a day,
Ant. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond,
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
Ant. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it;
Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are ;
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. [Exeunt.
d --- fearful guard, &c.] Guurd to be feared, not to be trusted.
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 Attend-
Mor. Mislike me not for my complexion,
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led
comer I have look'd on yet,
Even for that I thank you ;
• To prove whose blood is reddest, his, or mine.] To understand how the tawny prince, whose savage dignity is very well supported, means to recommend himself by this challenge, it must be remembered that red blood is a traditionary sign of courage : Thus Macbeth calls one of his frighted soldiers, a lily-liver'd boy; again, in this play, cowards are said to have livers as white as milk; and an effeminate and timorous man is termed a milksop.—Johnson. It is customary in the east for lovers to testify the violence of their passion by cutting themselves in the sight of their mistresses.--HARRIS.
- fear'd-] i. e. Terrify'd.
To try my fortune. By this scimitar,
You must take your chance;
Mor. Nor will not; come, bring me unto my chance.
Por. First, forward to the temple; after dinner Your hazard shall be made.
Good fortune then ! [Cornets. To make me blesti or cursed'st among men. [Exeunt.
Venice. A Street.
Enter LAUNCELOT GOBBO.
Laun. Certainly my conscience will serve me to run from this Jew, my master : The fiend is at mine elbow; and tempts me, saying to me, Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot, or good Gobbo, or good Launcelot Gobbo, use your legs, take the start, run away: My conscience says, -no; take heed, honest Launcelot; take heed, honest
Lichas,] An attendant of Hercules.
Gobbo; or as aforesaid, honest Launcelot Gobbo; do not run; scorn running with thy heels: Well, the most courageous fiend bids me pack; via ! says the fiend : away! says the fiend, for the heavens ;k rouse up a brave mind, says the fiend, and run. Well, my conscience, hanging .
, about the neck of my heart, says very wisely to me, my honest friend Launcelot, being an honest man's son, or rather an honest woman's son ;-for, indeed, my father did something smack, something grow to, he had a kind of taste;-well, my conscience says, Launcelot, budge not ; budge, says the fiend; budge not, says my conscience: Conscience, say I, you counsel well ; fiend, say I, you counsel well :' to be ruled by my conscience, I should stay with the Jew my master, who, (God bless the mark !) is a kind of devil; and, to run away from the Jew, I should be ruled by the fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil himself: Certainly, the Jew is the very devil incarnation; and, in my conscience, my conscience is but a kind of hard conscience, to offer to counsel me to stay with the Jew: The fiend gives the more friendly counsel : I will run, fiend; my heels are at your commandment, I will run.
Enter Old GOBBO, with a Basket. Gob. Master, young man, you, I pray you; which is the way
to master Jew's ? Laun. [Aside.] O heavens, this is my true begotten father! who, being more than sand-blind,' high-gravel blind, knows me not :-I will try conclusions with him.
Gob. Master young gentleman, I pray you, which is the way to master Jew's ?
Laun. Turn up on your right hand, at the next turning, but, at the next turning of all, on your left; marry, at the very next turning, turn of no hand, but turn down indirectly to the Jew's house.
for the heavens ;] This petty oath, which has much perplexed the commentators, means neither more nor less than by heaven, as Mr. Gifford has proved by several apposite quotations.- Ben Jonson, vol. ii. 67.
- sand-blind,] Having an imperfect sight as if there were sand in the
try conclusions] Try experiments.