The Merchant of Venice: Act 3, Scene 3
Enter [SHYLOCK] the Jew and [SOLANIO]
and ANTONIO and the JAILER.
1Jailer, look to him: tell not me of mercy;
2This is the fool that lent out money gratis:
3Jailer, look to him.
3Hear me yet, good Shylock.
4I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond:
5I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
6Thou call'dst me dog before thou hadst a cause;
7But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs:
8The duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,
9. naughty: worthless, good-for-nothing. fond: foolish.
9Thou naughty jailer, that thou art so fond
10To come abroad with him at his request.
11I pray thee, hear me speak.
12I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak:
13I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more.
14. dull-ey'd: i.e., easily put upon.
14I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool,
15To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
16To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
17I'll have no speaking: I will have my bond.
18It is the most impenetrable cur
19. kept: associated, dwelt.
19That ever kept with men.
19Let him alone:
20. bootless: unavailing.
20I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
21He seeks my life; his reason well I know:
22I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
23Many that have at times made moan to me;
24Therefore he hates me.
24I am sure the duke
25Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
26. deny: refuse.
26The duke cannot deny the course of law:
27. commodity: commercial activities. strangers: non-citizens, including Jews.
27For the commodity that strangers have
28With us in Venice, if it be denied,
29. impeach the justice of his state: call into serious question the willingness of Venice to enforce laws . . . more
29Will much impeach the justice of his state;
30Since that the trade and profit of the city
31Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
32. bated: reduced.
32These griefs and losses have so bated me,
33That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
34Tomorrow to my bloody creditor.
35Well, jailer, on. Pray God, Bassanio come
36To see me pay his debt, and then I care not!