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Anth. Sbylock, although I neither lend nor borrow
Sby. Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot, three months, you told me fo; Well then, your bond; and let me fee, — but hear
Shy. When Jacob graz'd his uncle Labanos sheep,
Antb. And what of him? did he take interest?
Anth. This was a venture, Sir, that Jacob serv'd for; A thing, not in his power to bring to pass,
But sway'd, and fashion'd, by the hand of heav'n.
Sby. I cannot tell; I make it breed as fast;
Anth. Mark you this, Bafanio ?
Shy. Three thousand ducats ! 'tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.
Anth. Well, Sbylock, shall we be beholden to you?
Sby. Signior Anthonio, many a time and oft
50, what a goodly outside falfhood bath!) But this is not true, that falfhood hath always a goodly outside. Nor does this take in the force of the speaker's sentiment; who would observe that that falfhood which quotes fcripture for its purpose has a goodly outside. We should therefore read,
o, what a goodly outside's falhood hath! i. e. his falfhood, Sbylock's
Shall I bend low, and in a bondman's key,
Anth. I am as like to call thee so again,
Shy. Why, how you storm?
Anth. This were kindness.
Sby. This kindness will I show;
Anth. Content, in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond,
9 A breed of barren metal of his friend?) A breed that is intereft money bred from the principal. By the epithet barren the author would instruct us in the argument on which the advocates against usury went, which is this, that money is a barren thing, and cannot like corn and catcle multiply it self. And to set off the absurdity of this kind of usury, he put breed and barren in opposition.
And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.
Bal. You shall not feal to such a bond for me, I'll rather dwell in my necessity.
Anth. Why, fear not, man ; I will not fürfeit it; Within these two months (that's a month before This bond expires) I do expect return Of thrice three times the value of this bond.
Shy. O father Abraham, what these christians are ! Whofe own hard dealings teach them to suspect The thoughts of others ! pray you, tell me this, If he should break his day, what should I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture? A pound of man's felh, taken from a man, Is not so eftimable or profitable, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I fay, To buy his favour, I extend chis friendship; If he will take it, fo; if not, adieu ; And for my love, I pray you, wrong me not.
Anth. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the Notary's.
[Exit. 7-left in the FEARPUL guard, &c.) But furely fearful was the most trusty guard for a housekeeper in a populous city; where houses are not carried by storm like fortresses. For fear would keep them on their watch, which was all that was neces. sary for the owner's security. I fuppofe therefore Shakespear wrote
FEARLESS guard. i. e. Careless; and this, indeed, would expose his house to the only danger he had to apprehend in the day-time, which was clandestine pilfering. This reading is much confirmed by the character he gives this guard, of an unthrifty knave, and by what he says of him afterwards, that he was,
a huge feeder:
More than the wild-cat
Anth. Hie thee, gentle Jew.
Bal. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind.
Anth. Come on, in this there can be no dismay; My ships come home a month before the day. [Exeunt,
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Enter Morochius, a Tawny-Moor, all in white; and three or four Followers accordingly; with Portia, Neriffa, and her train. Flouris Cornets.
ISLIKE me not for my complexion,
The shadow'd livery of the burnish'd sun,
Por. In terms of choice I am not solely led