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right casket, you should refuse to perform your father's will, if you should refuse to accept him.
Por. Therefore, for fear of the worst, I pray thee, fet a deep glass of Rhenish wine on the contrary casket ; for, if the devil be within, and that temptation without, I know, he will choose it. I will do any thing, Nerissa, ere I will be marry'd to a spunge.
Ner. You need not fear, lady, the having any of these lords: they have acquainted me with their determinations; which is, indeed, to return to their home, and to trouble you with no more suit, unless you may be won by some other fort than
your father's imposition, depending on the caskets.
Por. If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner of my father's will. I am glad this parcel of wooers are fó very reasonable ; for there is not one among them but I doat on his very absence, and pray God grant them a fair departure,
Ner. Do you not remember, lady, in your father's time, a Venetian, a scholar and a soldier, that came hither in company of the Marquiss of Montferrat?
Por. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio; as I think, he was so call'd.
Ner. True, nadam. He, of all the men that ever my foolish eyes
look'd upon, was the best deserving a fair lady.
Por. I remember him well; and I remember him worthy of thy praise. How now? what news?
Enter a Servant. Ser. The four strangers seek for you, madam, to take their leave: and there is a fore-runner come from a fifth, the prince of Morocco; who brings word, the prince, his matter, will be here to-night.
Por. If I could bid the fifth welcome with so good heart as I can bid the other four farewel, I should be
glad glad of his approach : if he have the condition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me, than wive me. Come, Nerisa. Sirrah, go before.—While we shut the gate upon one wooer, another knocks at the door. (Exeunt.
A publick Place in Venice.
Enter Bassanio and Shylock.
Bal. For the which, as I told you, Anthonio shall be bound.
Shy. Anthonio shall become bound :-well.
Bel. May you stead me? will you pleasure me? shall I know your answer ?
Sky. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Anthonio bound?
Baf. Your answer to that.
Ball Have you heard any inputation to the contrary?
Sby. Ho, no, no, no, no ;--my meaning, in faying he is a good man, is, to have you understand me, that he is fufficient. Yet his means are in fuppofition : he hath an Argoly bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand inoreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England; and other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad. But ships are but boards, failors but men: there be land-sats, and water-rats; water thieves, and landthieves; 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.
Baf. Be assur’d, you may.
Bal. If it please you to dine with us.
Sby. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation, which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the devil into : I will buy with you, fell 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?
Enter Anthonio. Bas. This is signior Anthonio. Sby. [Afíde.] How like a fawning Publican he looks! I hate him for he is a christian: But more, for that, in low simplicity, He lends our money gratis, and brings down The rate of urance here with us in Venice. If I can catch him once upon the hip, 4 I will feed fat the antient grudge I bear him. He hates our sacred nation; and he rails, Even there where merchants most do congregate, On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift, Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe, If I forgive him!
Baf. Shylock, do you hear ?
Sby. I am debating of my present store;
4-catch him once upon the hip.] A phrase taken from the practice of wrestlers. JOHNSON.
Will furnish me: but soft, how many months
desire ? Reft you fair, good lignior ; Your worship was the last man in our mouths.
Antb. Shylock, albeit I neither lend nor borrow
Sby. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Sby. I had forgot, three months, you told me fo.
Anth. I do never use it.
Shy. When Jacob graz’d his uncle Laban's seep,
Anth. And what of him ? did he take interest ?
Sly. No, not take interest ; not as you would say,
sathe ripe wants of my friend,] Ripe wants are wants come 10 the bright, wants that can have no longer delay. Perhaps we might read, rife wants, wants that come thick upon him.
He stuck them up before the fulsome ewes ;
Antb. This was a venture, sir, that Jacob ferv'd for;
Sby. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast:
Anth. Mark you this, Bassanio ?
can cite fcripture for his purpose
O what a good'y outside's falfhood hath!
I wish any copy would give me authority to range and read the lines thus :
0, what a godly outfide falshood hath!
Or goodly apple rotten ai the heart.