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And not one vessel 'scape the dreadful touch
Sale. Not one, my lord.
Jes. When I was with him, I have heard him swear,
go hard with poor Anthonio. Por. Is it your dear friend, that is thus in trouble?
Bal. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man,
Por. What sum owes he the Jew?
Por. What, no more?
3 persuaded 1-reasoned, argued.
Before a friend of this description
go with me to church, and call me wife;
times over : When it is paid, bring your true friend along : My maid Neriffa, and myself, mean time, Will live as maids and widows. Come, away ; For you shall hence upon your wedding-day : Bid your
friends welcome, shew a merry cheer ; Since
you are dear bought, I will love you dear.-But let me hear the letter of
friend. *Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all miscarry'd, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since, in paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are cleared between you and me, if I might but see you at my death: notwithstanding, use your pleasure : if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter. O love, dispatch all business, and be gone. Baf. Since I have your good leave to go away,
I will make hafte: but, 'till I come again, No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,
No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt.
Enter Sbylock, Solanio, Anthonio, and the Gaoler. Sby. Gaoler, look to him ;-Tell not me of mercy :This is the fool that lent out money gratis ;Portia probably reads the letter herself, in relief of Bassanio's distress.
Goaler, look to him.
Antb. Hear me yet, good Shylock.
Sby. I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond; I have sworn an oath, that I will have ту.
Anth. I pray thee, hear me speak.
Sby. 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 Shylock. Sol. It is the most impenetrable cur, That ever kept with men.
Anth. Let him alone ;
Sol. I am sure, the duke
Anth. The duke cannot deny the course of law, * For the commodity that strangers have
fond )-indiscreet. * dull-ey'd ]-fympathizing, having eyes dim'd with tears of commiseration ; moping, melancholy.
forfeitures ]-impending penalties.
For the commodity &c.]-on account of the interest of strangers in its due and regular dispensation.
With us in Venice: if it be deny'd,
Enter Portia, Nerissa, Lorenzo, Jessica, and Balthazar.
Lor. Madam, although I speak it in your presence,
shew this honour,
Por. I never did repent for doing good,
'bated]-reduced, emaciated. P lineaments, 1-frame, constitution of body.
Must needs be like my lord : If it be so,
Lor. Madam, with all my heart;
Por. My people do already know my mind,
Lor. Fair thoughts, and happy hours attend on you!
Por. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleas'd To wish it back on you : fare you well, Jessica.
[Exeunt Jelica, and Lorenzo. Now Balthazar, As I have ever found thee honest, true, So let me find thee still : Take this same letter, And use thou all the endeavour of a man,
4 of my foul]-of him that is to me as my own soul.