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The Merchant of Venice: Act 3, Scene 1


           [Enter] SOLANIO and SALERIO.

      SOLANIO
  1   Now, what news on the Rialto?

      SALERIO
  2   Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd that Antonio hath
  3   a ship of rich lading wrecked on the narrow seas;
  4   the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very
  5   dangerous flat and fatal, where the carcasses of many
  6   a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip
  7   Report be an honest woman of her word.

      SOLANIO
  8   I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever
  9   knapp'd ginger or made her neighbors believe she
 10   wept for the death of a third husband. But it is
 11   true, without any slips of prolixity or crossing the
 12   plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the
 13   honest Antonio,—O that I had a title good enough
 14   to keep his name company!—

      SALERIO
 15   Come, the full stop.

      SOLANIO
 16   Ha! what sayest thou? Why, the end is, he hath
 17   lost a ship.

      SALERIO
 18   I would it might prove the end of his losses.

      SOLANIO
 19   Let me say "amen" betimes, lest the devil cross my
 20   prayer, for here he comes in the likeness of
 21   a Jew.

           Enter SHYLOCK.

 22   How now, Shylock! what news among the
 23   merchants?

      SHYLOCK
 24   You know, none so well, none so well as you, of my
 25   daughter's flight.

      SALERIO
 26   That's certain: I, for my part, knew the tailor
 27   that made the wings she flew withal.

      SOLANIO
 28   And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was
 29   fledge; and then it is the complexion of them all
 30   to leave the dam.

      SHYLOCK
 31   She is damned for it.

      SOLANIO
 32   That's certain, if the devil may be her
 33   judge.

      SHYLOCK
 34   My own flesh and blood to rebel!

      SOLANIO
 35   Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these
 36   years?

      SHYLOCK
 37   I say, my daughter is my flesh and
 38   blood.

      SALERIO
 39   There is more difference between thy flesh and hers
 40   than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods
 41   than there is between red wine and rhenish. But
 42   tell us, do you hear whether Antonio have had any
 43   loss at sea or no?

      SHYLOCK
 44   There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, a
 45   prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the
 46   Rialto; a beggar, that was used to come so smug upon
 47   the mart; let him look to his bond: he was wont to
 48   call me usurer; let him look to his bond: he was
 49   wont to lend money for a Christian cur'sy; let him
 50   look to his bond.

      SALERIO
 51   Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take
 52   his flesh: what's that good for?

      SHYLOCK
 53   To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
 54   it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
 55   hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
 56   mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
 57   bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
 58   enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath
 59   not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs,
 60   dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
 61   the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
 62   to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
 63   warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
 64   a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
 65   if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
 66   us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
 67   revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
 68   resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
 69   what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian
 70   wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
 71   Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you
 72   teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
 73   will better the instruction.

           Enter a MAN from Antonio.

      Servant
 74   Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house and
 75   desires to speak with you both.

      SALERIO
 76   We have been up and down to seek him.

           Enter TUBAL.

      SOLANIO
 77   Here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be
 78   match'd, unless the devil himself turn Jew.

           Exeunt Gentlemen [SOLANIO, SALERIO,
           with Servant.]

      SHYLOCK
 79   How now, Tubal! what news from Genoa? Hast thou
 80   found my daughter?

      TUBAL
 81   I often came where I did hear of her,
 82   but cannot find her.

      SHYLOCK
 83   Why, there, there, there, there! a diamond gone,
 84   cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The curse
 85   never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it
 86   till now: two thousand ducats in that; and other
 87   precious, precious jewels. I would my daughter
 88   were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear!
 89   would she were hears'd at my foot, and the ducats in
 90   her coffin! No news of them? Why, so: and I know
 91   not what's spent in the search: why, thou loss upon
 92   loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to
 93   find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge:
 94   nor no ill luck stirring but what lights on my
 95   shoulders; no sighs but of my breathing; no tears
 96   but of my shedding.

      TUBAL
 97   Yes, other men have ill luck too: Antonio, as I
 98   heard in Genoa,—

      SHYLOCK
 99   What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck?

      TUBAL
100   Hath an argosy cast away, coming from
101   Tripolis.

      SHYLOCK
102   I thank God, I thank God. Is't true, is't
103   true?

      TUBAL
104   I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped
105   the wreck.

      SHYLOCK
106   I thank thee, good Tubal: good news, good news!
107   ha, ha! where? in Genoa?

      TUBAL
108   Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, in one
109   night fourscore ducats.

      SHYLOCK
110   Thou stickest a dagger in me: I shall never see my
111   gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting!
112   fourscore ducats!

      TUBAL
113   There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my
114   company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose
115   but break.

      SHYLOCK
116   I am very glad of it: I'll plague him; I'll torture
117   him: I am glad of it.

      TUBAL
118   One of them showed me a ring that he had of your
119   daughter for a monkey.

      SHYLOCK
120   Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: it was my
121   turquoise; I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor:
122   I would not have given it for a
123   wilderness of monkeys.

      TUBAL
124   But Antonio is certainly undone.

      SHYLOCK
125   Nay, that's true, that's very true. Go, Tubal, fee
126   me an officer; bespeak him a fortnight before. I
127   will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for, were
128   he out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I
129   will. Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue;
130   go, good Tubal; at our synagogue, Tubal.

           Exeunt.

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