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Scrv. Madam, there is alighted at your gate
Por. No more, I pray thee; I am half afraid, Thoul't say anon, he is some kin to thee, Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.Come, come, Neriffa ; for I long to see Quick Cupid's post, that comes so mannerly. Ner. Bassanio, lord Love, if thy will it be!
A Street in Venice.
Enter Salanio and Solarino.
Sal. Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd, that Anthonio hath a ship of rich lading wreck'd on the narrow seas; the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the carcases of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word.
Sola. I would she were as lying a goslip in that, as ever knapt ginger; or made her neighbours believe, she wept for the death a third husband. But
it is true, without any Nips of prolixity, or crosting the plain high-way of talk, that the good Anthonio, the honest Anthonio that I had a title good enough to keep his name company !
Sal. Come, the full stop.
Sola. Ha,-what say't thou ?-_Why, the end is, he hath lost a ship.
Sal. I would it might prove the end of his losses !
Sola. Let me say Amen betimes, left the devil cross thy prayer ;
6 for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.
Enter Sbylock. How now, Shylock? what news among the merchants?
Shy. You knew, none so well, none so well as you, of my daughter's fight.
Sal. That's certain ; I, for my part, knew the taylor that made the wings she flew withal.
Sola. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was fledg'd; and then it is the complexion of them all to leave the dam.
Shy. She is damn'd for it.
years ? Sky. I say, my daughter is my Aesh and blood.
Sal. There is more difference between thy Aesh and hers, than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods, than there is between red wine and rhenish :-But tell us, do you hear, whether Anthonio have had any loss at sea or no?
Sby. There I have another bad match : a bank
left the devil cross my prayer.) But the prayer was Sala. nio's. The other only, as clerk, says Amen to it. We must therefore read-thy prayer. WARBURTON.
rupt, a prodigal,? who dares scarce shew his head on the Rialto :-a beggar that us’d to come fo smug upon the mart ;-- let him look to his bond : he was wont to call me usurer :-let him look to his bond: he was wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy; let him look to his bond.
Sal. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take his flesh: what's that good for?:
Shy. To bait fish withal. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgrac'd me, and hinder'd me of half a million; laugh'd at my loffes, mock'd at my gains, scorn'd my nation, thwarted my bargains, coold my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affe&ions, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the fame diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm’d and coold by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is ? if you prick us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we not die ? and if
you.wrong us, shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility ? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his
?-a bankrul, a prodigal.] This is spoke of Antonio. But why a prcdigal? his friend Bassanio indeed had been too liberal ; and with this name the Jew honours him when he is going to lup with him.
-l'll go in hate to feed upon
The prodigal ChristianBut Antonio was a plain, reserved, parfimonious merchant ; be affured therefore we should read, Alankrupt for a prodigal, i. e. he is become bankrupt by supplying the extravagancies of his friend Bassanio. WARBURTON.
There is no need of alteration. There could be, in Shylock's opinion, no prodigality more culpable than such liberality as that by which a man exposes himself to ruin for his friend.
fufferance be by Christian example? why, Revenge. The villainy, you teach me, I will execute ; and it Ihall go hard, but I will better the instruction,
Enter a fervant. Serv. Gentlemen, my master Anthonio is at his house, and desires to speak with you both. Sal. We have been up and down to seek him.
Enter Tubal. Sola. Here comes another of the tribe; a third cannot be match'd, unless the devil himself turn Jew.
[Exeunt Sala. and Solar. Shy. How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa ? halt thou found my daughter?
Tub. I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her.
Sby. Why there, there, there, there ! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! the curse never fell upon our nation 'till now, I never felt it 'till now :-two thousand ducats in that, and other precious, precious jewels. would, my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! O, would she were hears'd at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin! No news of them?- why, so :—and I know not what's spent in the search : Why, thou loss upon loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to find the thief; and no fatisfaction, no revenge : nor no ill luck stirring, but what lights o' my shoulders ; no sighs, but o' my breathing, no tears, but o' my shedding.
Tub. Yes, other men have ill luck too; Anthonio, as I heard in Genoa
Sby. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck?
Tub. Hath an Argoly cast away, coming from Tripolis. Shy. Ithank God, I thank God: Is it true? is it true? VOL. III.
Tub. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.
Eby. I thank thee, good Tubal ; Good news, good news: ha! ha! where? in Genoa ?
Tub. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.
Shy. Thou stick'st a dagger in me: I fhail never fee my gold again: fourscore ducats at a fitting! fourscore ducats !
Tub. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my company to Venice, that swear he cannot chuse but break.
Sby. I am glad of it. I'll plague him, I'll torture him. I am glad of it.
Tub. One of them shewed me a ring, that he had of your daughter for a morkey.
Shy. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: -It was my Turquoise, I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor: I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkies.
Tub. But Anthonio is certainly undone.
Sby. Nay, that's true, that's very true: go, Tu. bal, fee me an officer, bespeak him a fortnight before. I will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for were he out of Venice, I can make what merchan
It was my Turquoise, I had it of Leah, when I was a bachelar.} As Shylock had been married long enough to have a daughter grown up, it is plain he did not value this Turquoise on account of the money for which he might hope to sell it, but merely in respect of the imaginary virtues formerly ascribed to the stone. It was faid of the Turky-stone, that it faded or brightened in its colour, as the health of the wearer encreased or grew Jess. To this B. Jonson refers, in his Sejanus :
" And true as Turkije in my dear lord's ring ;
" Look well, or ill with him.” Other fuperftitious qualities are imputed to it, all of which were either monitory or prefervative to the wearer. STEEVENS.