The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

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  • Three thousand ducats. For the which, as I told you, Antonia shall be bound.
  • He is a good man, yet his means are in superstition. There be land rats and water rats- then there is the peril of waters, winds and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient.
  •  (Aside) I will buy with you, sell with you, walk with you but I will not eat with you nor pray with you. I hate him for he is a Christian. I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. He hates our scared nation, and rails on me, my bargains and my well-won thrift. Cursed by my tribe if I forgive him! 
  • This is Signor Antonio
  • Mark what Jacob did. When Laban and himself compromised that all the eanlings should fall on Jacob's hire, the skilful shepherd peeled certain wands and stuck them up before the fulsome ewes, who, then conceiving, did fall parti-colored lambs; and those were Jacob's. This was a way to thrive, and he was blest; And thirft is blessing, if men not steal.
  • I neither lend nor borrow by taking nor by giving of excess.
  • Many a time you have rated me about my moneys and usances. You call me 'misbeliever', 'cut-throat dog', and spit upon my Jewish gaberdine. Go to, then, you come to me. You, that did void your rheum upon my beard. Should I not say 'Hath a dog money?' Shall I bend low, with bated breath and say this: 'Fair, sir, you spat on me on Wednesday last, another time you called me a dog; and for these courtesies I'll lend you thus much money'?
  • Mark you this, Bassanio? The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villan with a smiling cheek. A goodly apple rotten at the heart. O, what a godly outside falsehood hath!
  • Look you how you storm! I would be friends with you, and have your love. Forget the names that you have stained me with, supply your present wants, and take no doit of usance for my moneys. This kindness will I show, if you repay me of your fair flesh to be cut off and taken in what part of your body pleaseth me. 
  • I am as like to call thee so again, to spit on thee again, to spur thee too! If though wilt lend this money, lend it not as to thy friends, but lend it rather to thine enemy.
  • O father Abram, what these Christinas are, whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect the thoughts of others! A pound of man's flesh taken from a man is not so estimable, profitable neither. I say to buy his favour I extend this friendship. If he will take it, so; if not, adieu. 
  • I will seal such a bond.
  • You shall not seal such a bond for me.
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