The Merchant of Venice
Act III, Scene 3
Venice. A street.
- Enter Shylock the Jew and Solanio and Antonio and the
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- Jailer, look to him, tell not me of mercy.
- This is the fool that lent out money gratis.
- Jailer, look to him.
- Hear me yet, good Shylock.
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- I’ll have my bond, speak not against my bond,
- I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
- Thou call’dst me dog before thou hadst a cause,
- But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.
- The Duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,
- Thou naughty jailer, that thou art so fond
- To come abroad with him at his request.
- I pray thee hear me speak.
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- I’ll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak.
- I’ll have my bond, and therefore speak no more.
- I’ll not be made a soft and dull-ey’d fool
- To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
- To Christian intercessors. Follow not,
- I’ll have no speaking, I will have my bond.
- Exit Jew.
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- It is the most impenetrable cur
- That ever kept with men.
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- Let him alone,
- I’ll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
- He seeks my life; his reason well I know:
- I oft deliver’d from his forfeitures
- Many that have at times made moan to me;
- Therefore he hates me.
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- I am sure the Duke
- Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
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- The Duke cannot deny the course of law;
- For the commodity that strangers have
- With us in Venice, if it be denied,
- Will much impeach the justice of the state,
- Since that the trade and profit of the city
- Consisteth of all nations. Therefore go.
- These griefs and losses have so bated me
- That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
- Tomorrow to my bloody creditor.
- Well, jailer, on. Pray God Bassanio come
- To see me pay his debt, and then I care not!