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Shy. For three months ; well.
Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.2
Shy. Antonio shall become bound; well. Bass. May you steadme? will you pleasure
3 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. Oh, 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 under-15
I stand, moreover, upon the Rialto," he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England; and other ventures " he hath, squandered " abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land-rats and water-rats, land-thieves 20 and water-thieves,—I mean pirates; and then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient. Three thousand ducats ;-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. speak with Antonio?
Buss. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell pork ; 13 to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite 30 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 ? 35
The Rialto Bridge.
But more for that, in low simplicity,
my tribe, If I forgive him ! Bass.
hear? Shy. I am debating of my present store ; And by the near guess
my memory, I cannot instantly raise
gross Of full three thousand ducats. What of that? Tubal, a wealthy Hebrew of my tribe, Will furnish me. But soft! how many
months Do you desire ?—[To Ant.] Rest you, fair,
good signior; Your worship was the last man in our mouths. Ant. Shylock, although I neither lend nor
borrow, By taking nor by giving of excess, Yet, to supply the ripe wants 19 of my
Shy. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
told me so.
Well then, your bond ; and, let me see,-But hear you :
I do never use it.
Ant. And what of him? did he take interest?
Shy. No, not take interest; not, as you Directly interest : mark what Jacob did, When Laban and himself were compromis'd That all the eaulings which were streak’d and
pied " Should fall as Jacob's hire. This was a way to thrive, and he was blest; And thrift is blessing if men steal it not. Ant. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob
served for; A thing not in his power to bring to pass, But sway'd and fashion’d by the hand of
; But note me, signior. Ant.
Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.