The Merchant of Venice
by Shakespeare and Maria RiouxScene One:Antonio: What lady is the same to who you swore a secret pilgrimage, that you today promised to tell me of?Bassanio:Tis not unknown to you, Antonio, how much I have disabled mine estate. To you, Antonio, I owe themost, in money and in love. And from your love I have a warranty to unburden all my plots and purposes how to getclear of all the debts I owe.Antonio: Let me know it. My purse, my person, my extremest means lie all unlocked to your occasions.Bassanio:In Belmont is a lady richly left; and she is fair, and, fairer than that word, of wondrous virtues: sometimesfrom her eyes I did receive fair speechless messages. Oh, Antonio, had I but the means to hold a rival place with hersuitors, I should questionless be fortunate.Antonio: Thou knowest all my fortunes are at sea. Go forth: Try what my credit can do in Venice to furnish thee toBelmont, to fair Portia.Scene Two:Shylock: Three thousand ducats; well.Bassanio: Ay, sir, for three months.Shylock: For three months; well.Bassanio: For which, I told you, Antonio shall be bound.Shylock: He is a good man. My meaning in saying he is a goo man is to have you understand me, that he issufficient. He hath mny ventures squandered abroad.Ships are but boards, saliors but men: there be land rats andwater rats, water theives and land theives, and the peril of water, winds, and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding,sufficient.(Enter Antonio)Bassanio: This is Signor Antonuio.Shylock: (Aside) How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a Christian; but more for that in lowsimplicity he lends out money gartis and brings down the rate of usage here with us in Venice. Cursed be my tribe if I forgive him.Bassanio: Shylock, Do you hear?Shylock: I am debating of my present store.Antonio: Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?Shylock: Signor Antonio, many a time and oft in the Rialto you have rated me about my money and my usances:still have I borne it with a patient shrug; for sufferance is the badge of all our tribe. You that did void your rheumupon my beard and foot me as you spurn a stranger cur over your threshold: moneys is your suit.Antonio: I am like to call thee so again, to spit on thee again, to spurn thee too. Lend money to thy enemy; if hebreak, thou mayst with better face exact the penalty.Shylock: Kindness will I show. Go with me to a notary, seal me there your single bond; and in a merry sport, if yourepay me not on such a day, let the forfeit be nominated for an equal pound of your fair flesh, to be cut off and takenin what part of you body pleaseth me.Antonio: Content, i’ faith: I’ll seal to such a bond, and say there is much kindness in the Jew.Scene Three:Duke: Is Antonio here?Antonio: Ready, so please your grace.Duke: I am sorry for thee: thou art come to answer a stony adversary, an inhuman wretch, uncapable of pity, voidand empty of any dram of mercy.Antonio: I have heard that no lawful means can carry me out of his envy’s reach.Duke: Go, one, and call the Jew into court.Duke: Make room, and let him stand before our face. Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too, that thou butlead’st this fashion of thy malice to the last hour of act; and then,’tis thought, thou’lt show thy mercy and remorsemore strange than is thy strange apparent cruelty.Shylock: I have possess’d your Grace of what I pupose; and by our holy Sabbath I have sworn to have the due andforfeit of my bond. You’ll ask me why I rather choose to have a weight of carrion flesh than to recieve threethousand ducats. I’ll not answer that, but say it is my humour. So can I give no reason, nor I will not, more than alodged hate and a certain loathing I bear Antonio.Duke: Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.