The Merchant of Venice: Act 3, Scene 3


           Enter [SHYLOCK] the Jew and [SOLANIO]
           and ANTONIO and the JAILER.

      SHYLOCK
  1   Jailer, look to him: tell not me of mercy;
  2   This is the fool that lent out money gratis:
  3   Jailer, look to him.

      ANTONIO
  3                                 Hear me yet, good Shylock.

      SHYLOCK
  4   I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond:
  5   I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
  6   Thou call'dst me dog before thou hadst a cause;
  7   But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs:
  8   The duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,
9. naughty: worthless, good-for-nothing. fond: foolish.
  9   Thou naughty jailer, that thou art so fond
 10   To come abroad with him at his request.

      ANTONIO
 11   I pray thee, hear me speak.

      SHYLOCK
 12   I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak:
 13   I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more.
14. dull-ey'd: i.e., easily put upon.
 14   I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool,
 15   To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
 16   To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
 17   I'll have no speaking: I will have my bond.

           Exit Jew.

      SOLANIO
 18   It is the most impenetrable cur
19. kept: associated, dwelt.
 19   That ever kept with men.

      ANTONIO
 19                                         Let him alone:
20. bootless: unavailing.
 20   I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
 21   He seeks my life; his reason well I know:
 22   I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
 23   Many that have at times made moan to me;
 24   Therefore he hates me.

      SOLANIO
 24                                         I am sure the duke
 25   Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.

      ANTONIO
26. deny: refuse.
 26   The duke cannot deny the course of law:
27. commodity: commercial activities. strangers: non-citizens, including Jews.
 27   For the commodity that strangers have
 28   With 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
 29   Will much impeach the justice of his state;
 30   Since that the trade and profit of the city
 31   Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
32. bated: reduced.
 32   These griefs and losses have so bated me,
 33   That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
 34   Tomorrow to my bloody creditor.
 35   Well, jailer, on. Pray God, Bassanio come
 36   To see me pay his debt, and then I care not!

           Exeunt.