The Merchant of Venice: Act 3, Scene 1
[Enter] SOLANIO and SALERIO.
1Now, what news on the Rialto?
2. uncheck'd: unhindered; i.e., not denied.
2Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd that Antonio hath
3a ship of rich lading wrecked on the narrow seas;
4. Goodwins: Goodwin Sands, off the Kentish coast near the Thames estuary.
4the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very
5dangerous flat and fatal, where the carcasses of many
6‑7. my gossip / Report: i.e., Dame Rumor. Gossip, literally "godparent," was used of a female crony or confidante and thus developed its present sense.
6a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip
7Report be an honest woman of her word.
8I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever
9. knapp'd: chewed.
9knapp'd ginger or made her neighbors believe she
10wept for the death of a third husband. But it is
11. slips of prolixity: exaggerations because of long-windedness. 11‑12. crossing the / plain highway of talk: departing from honest plain speech.
11true, without any slips of prolixity or crossing the
12plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the
13honest Antonio,O that I had a title good enough
14to keep his name company!
15. Come, the full stop: i.e., come to the point.
15Come, the full stop.
16Ha! what sayest thou? Why, the end is, he hath
17lost a ship.
18I would it might prove the end of his losses.
19. cross: thwart.
19Let me say "amen" betimes, lest the devil cross my
20prayer, for here he comes in the likeness of
22How now, Shylock! what news among the
24You know, none so well, none so well as you, of my
26That's certain: I, for my part, knew the tailor
27. withal: with, by means of.
27that made the wings she flew withal.
28And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was
29. fledge: fledged, ready to fly. complexion: natural disposition, tendency. 30. dam: mother.
29fledge; and then it is the complexion of them all
30to leave the dam.
31She is damned for it.
32That's certain, if the devil may be her
34My own flesh and blood to rebel!
35‑36. rebels it at these years: Solanio pretends to understand "flesh and blood" as a reference to Shylock's genitals.
35Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these
37I say, my daughter is my flesh and
39There is more difference between thy flesh and hers
40than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods
41. rhenish: i.e., a German white wine from the Rhine valley.
41than there is between red wine and rhenish. But
42tell us, do you hear whether Antonio have had any
43loss at sea or no?
44. match: bargain.
44There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, a
45prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the
46. smug: neat, spruce.
46Rialto; a beggar, that was used to come so smug upon
47the mart; let him look to his bond: he was wont to
48call me usurer; let him look to his bond: he was
49. for a Christian cur'sy: out of Christian courtesy.
49wont to lend money for a Christian cur'sy; let him
50look to his bond.
51Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take
52his flesh: what's that good for?
53To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
54it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
55hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
56mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
57bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
58enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath
59not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs,
60. dimensions: bodily proportions.
60dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
61the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
62to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
63warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
64a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
65if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
66us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
67revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
68resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
69. what is his humility? Revenge: Shylock is being bitterly sarcastic. . . . more 70. his: the Jew's. sufferance: patient endurance.
69what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian
70wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
71Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you
72teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
73will better the instruction.
Enter a MAN from Antonio.
74Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house and
75desires to speak with you both.
76We have been up and down to seek him.
77Here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be
78. match'd: found to match them.
78match'd, unless the devil himself turn Jew.
Exeunt Gentlemen [SOLANIO, SALERIO,
79How now, Tubal! what news from Genoa? Hast thou
80found my daughter?
81I often came where I did hear of her,
82but cannot find her.
83Why, there, there, there, there! a diamond gone,
84. Frankfort: Frankfort was famous for its fairs, at which all kinds of merchandise was bought and sold.
84cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The curse
85never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it
86till now: two thousand ducats in that; and other
87precious, precious jewels. I would my daughter
88were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear!
89. hears'd: coffined.
89would she were hears'd at my foot, and the ducats in
90her coffin! No news of them? Why, so: and I know
91not what's spent in the search: why, thou loss upon
92loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to
93find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge:
94nor no ill luck stirring but what lights on my
95shoulders; no sighs but of my breathing; no tears
96but of my shedding.
97Yes, other men have ill luck too: Antonio, as I
98heard in Genoa,
99What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck?
100Hath an argosy cast away, coming from
102I thank God, I thank God. Is't true, is't
104I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped
106I thank thee, good Tubal: good news, good news!
107ha, ha! where? in Genoa?
108Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, in one
109night fourscore ducats.
110Thou stickest a dagger in me: I shall never see my
111gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting!
113There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my
114‑115. cannot choose / but break: cannot avoid defaulting on his debt.
114company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose
116I am very glad of it: I'll plague him; I'll torture
117him: I am glad of it.
118One of them showed me a ring that he had of your
119daughter for a monkey.
120Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: it was my
121. Leah: Most commentators assume that "Leah" was the name of Shylock's wife.
121turquoise; I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor:
122I would not have given it for a
123wilderness of monkeys.
124But Antonio is certainly undone.
125‑126. fee me an officer: i.e., hire a sheriff's officer or baliff for me. 126. bespeak: engage a fortnight before: two weeks in advance.
125Nay, that's true, that's very true. Go, Tubal, fee
126me an officer; bespeak him a fortnight before. I
127will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for, were
128‑129. make what merchandise I / will: drive whatever bargains I please.
128he out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I
129will. Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue;
130go, good Tubal; at our synagogue, Tubal.