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The Merchant of Venice: Act 1, Scene 3

The Merchant of Venice
Act 1, Scene 3

Venice. A public place.

  1. Enter Bassanio with Shylock the Jew.

Shylock

2
  1. Three thousand ducats, well.

Bassanio

3
  1. Ay, sir, for three months.

Shylock

4
  1. For three months, well.

Bassanio

5
  1. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.

Shylock

6
  1. Antonio shall become bound, well.

Bassanio

7 - 8
  1. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your
  2. answer?

Shylock

9
  1. Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio bound.

Bassanio

10
  1. Your answer to that.

Shylock

11
  1. Antonio is a good man.

Bassanio

12
  1. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?

Shylock

13 - 23
  1. Ho, no, no, no, no! My meaning in saying he is a good man is
  2. to have you understand me that he is sufficient. Yet his
  3. means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to
  4. Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover upon
  5. the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England,
  6. and other ventures he hath, squand’red abroad. But ships are
  7. but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and
  8. water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates,
  9. and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The
  10. man is notwithstanding sufficient. Three thousand ducats; I
  11. think I may take his bond.

Bassanio

24
  1. Be assur’d you may.

Shylock

25 - 26
  1. I will be assur’d I may; and that I may be assur’d, I will
  2. bethink me. May I speak with Antonio?

Bassanio

27
  1. If it please you to dine with us.

Shylock

28 - 33
  1. Yes, to smell pork, to eat of the habitation which your
  2. prophet the Nazarite conjur’d the devil into. I will buy
  3. with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and
  4. so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you,
  5. nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto? Who is he comes
  6. here?
  1. Enter Antonio.

Bassanio

35
  1. This is Signior Antonio.

Shylock

36 - 48
  1. Aside.
  2. How like a fawning publican he looks!
  3. I hate him for he is a Christian;
  4. But more, for that in low simplicity
  5. He lends out money gratis, and brings down
  6. The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
  7. If I can catch him once upon the hip,
  8. I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
  9. He hates our sacred nation, and he rails
  10. Even there where merchants most do congregate
  11. On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift,
  12. Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe
  13. If I forgive him!

Bassanio

49
  1.                   Shylock, do you hear?

Shylock

50 - 59
  1. I am debating of my present store,
  2. And by the near guess of my memory,
  3. I cannot instantly raise up the gross
  4. Of full three thousand ducats. What of that?
  5. Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe,
  6. Will furnish me. But soft, how many months
  7. Do you desire?
  8. To Antonio.
  9. Rest you fair, good signior,
  10. Your worship was the last man in our mouths.

Antonio

60 - 66
  1. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow
  2. By taking nor by giving of excess,
  3. Yet to supply the ripe wants of my friend,
  4. I’ll break a custom.
  5. To Bassanio.
  6.                      Is he yet possess’d
  7. How much ye would?

Shylock

67
  1.                    Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.

Antonio

68
  1. And for three months.

Shylock

69 - 74
  1. I had forgotthree months
  2. To Bassanio.
  3.                            you told me so.
  4. Well then, your bond; and let me seebut hear you,
  5. Methoughts you said you neither lend nor borrow
  6. Upon advantage.

Antonio

75
  1.                 I do never use it.

Shylock

76 - 79
  1. When Jacob graz’d his uncle Laban’s sheep
  2. This Jacob from our holy Abram was
  3. (As his wise mother wrought in his behalf)
  4. The third possessor; ay, he was the third

Antonio

80
  1. And what of him? Did he take interest?

Shylock

81 - 95
  1. No, not take interest, not as you would say
  2. Directly int’rest. Mark what Jacob did:
  3. When Laban and himself were compromis’d
  4. That all the eanlings which were streak’d and pied
  5. Should fall as Jacob’s hire, the ewes being rank
  6. In end of autumn turned to the rams,
  7. And when the work of generation was
  8. Between these woolly breeders in the act,
  9. The skillful shepherd pill’d me certain wands,
  10. And in the doing of the deed of kind,
  11. He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes,
  12. Who then conceiving did in eaning time
  13. Fall parti-color’d lambs, and those were Jacob’s.
  14. This was a way to thrive, and he was blest;
  15. And thrift is blessing, if men steal it not.

Antonio

96 - 100
  1. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob serv’d for,
  2. A thing not in his power to bring to pass,
  3. But sway’d and fashion’d by the hand of heaven.
  4. Was this inserted to make interest good?
  5. Or is your gold and silver ewes and rams?

Shylock

101 - 102
  1. I cannot tell, I make it breed as fast.
  2. But note me, signior.

Antonio

103 - 108
  1.                       Mark you this, Bassanio,
  2. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
  3. An evil soul producing holy witness
  4. Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
  5. A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
  6. O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

Shylock

109 - 110
  1. Three thousand ducats’tis a good round sum.
  2. Three months from twelve; then let me see, the rate

Antonio

111
  1. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholding to you?

Shylock

112 - 135
  1. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft
  2. In the Rialto you have rated me
  3. About my moneys and my usances.
  4. Still have I borne it with a patient shrug
  5. (For suff’rance is the badge of all our tribe).
  6. You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,
  7. And spet upon my Jewish gaberdine,
  8. And all for use of that which is mine own.
  9. Well then, it now appears you need my help.
  10. Go to then, you come to me, and you say,
  11. Shylock, we would have moneys,” you say so
  12. You, that did void your rheum upon my beard,
  13. And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur
  14. Over your threshold; moneys is your suit.
  15. What should I say to you? Should I not say,
  16. Hath a dog money? Is it possible
  17. A cur can lend three thousand ducats?” Or
  18. Shall I bend low and in a bondman’s key,
  19. With bated breath and whisp’ring humbleness,
  20. Say this:
  21. Fair sir, you spet on me on Wednesday last,
  22. You spurn’d me such a day, another time
  23. You call’d me dog; and for these courtesies
  24. I’ll lend you thus much moneys”?

Antonio

136 - 143
  1. I am as like to call thee so again,
  2. To spet on thee again, to spurn thee too.
  3. If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
  4. As to thy friends, for when did friendship take
  5. A breed for barren metal of his friend?
  6. But lend it rather to thine enemy,
  7. Who if he break, thou mayst with better face
  8. Exact the penalty.

Shylock

144 - 149
  1.                    Why, look you how you storm!
  2. I would be friends with you, and have your love,
  3. Forget the shames that you have stain’d me with,
  4. Supply your present wants, and take no doit
  5. Of usance for my moneys, and you’ll not hear me.
  6. This is kind I offer.

Bassanio

150
  1. This were kindness.

Shylock

151 - 159
  1.                     This kindness will I show.
  2. Go with me to a notary, seal me there
  3. Your single bond; and in a merry sport
  4. If you repay me not on such a day,
  5. In such a place, such sum or sums as are
  6. Express’d in the condition, let the forfeit
  7. Be nominated for an equal pound
  8. Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
  9. In what part of your body pleaseth me.

Antonio

160 - 161
  1. Content, in faith, I’ll seal to such a bond,
  2. And say there is much kindness in the Jew.

Bassanio

162 - 163
  1. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
  2. I’ll rather dwell in my necessity.

Antonio

164 - 167
  1. Why, fear not, man, I will not forfeit it.
  2. Within these two months, that’s a month before
  3. This bond expires, I do expect return
  4. Of thrice three times the value of this bond.

Shylock

168 - 178
  1. O father Abram, what these Christians are,
  2. Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
  3. The thoughts of others! Pray you tell me this:
  4. If he should break his day, what should I gain
  5. By the exaction of the forfeiture?
  6. A pound of man’s flesh taken from a man
  7. Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
  8. As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say,
  9. To buy his favor, I extend this friendship.
  10. If he will take it, so, if not, adieu;
  11. And for my love I pray you wrong me not.

Antonio

179
  1. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.

Shylock

180 - 185
  1. Then meet me forthwith at the notary’s;
  2. Give him direction for this merry bond,
  3. And I will go and purse the ducats straight,
  4. See to my house, left in the fearful guard
  5. Of an unthrifty knave, and presently
  6. I’ll be with you.
  1. Exit.

Antonio

187 - 188
  1.                   Hie thee, gentle Jew.
  2. The Hebrew will turn Christian, he grows kind.

Bassanio

189
  1. I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind.

Antonio

190 - 191
  1. Come on, in this there can be no dismay,
  2. My ships come home a month before the day.
  1. Exeunt.
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