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The Merchant of Venice

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Act III, Scene 1

Venice. A street.



  • Salanio. Now, what news on the Rialto?
  • Salarino. Why, yet it lives there uncheck'd that Antonio hath 1240
    a ship of rich lading wrecked on the narrow seas;
    the Goodwins, I think they call the place; a very
    dangerous flat and fatal, where the carcasses of many
    a tall ship lie buried, as they say, if my gossip
    Report be an honest woman of her word. 1245
  • Salanio. I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever
    knapped ginger or made her neighbours believe she
    wept for the death of a third husband. But it is
    true, without any slips of prolixity or crossing the
    plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio, the 1250
    honest Antonio,—O that I had a title good enough
    to keep his name company!—
  • Salanio. Ha! what sayest thou? Why, the end is, he hath
    lost a ship. 1255
  • Salarino. I would it might prove the end of his losses.
  • Salanio. Let me say 'amen' betimes, lest the devil cross my
    prayer, for here he comes in the likeness of a Jew.
    [Enter SHYLOCK]
    How now, Shylock! what news among the merchants? 1260
  • Shylock. You know, none so well, none so well as you, of my
    daughter's flight.
  • Salarino. That's certain: I, for my part, knew the tailor
    that made the wings she flew withal.
  • Salanio. And Shylock, for his own part, knew the bird was 1265
    fledged; and then it is the complexion of them all
    to leave the dam.
  • Salanio. That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
  • Shylock. My own flesh and blood to rebel! 1270
  • Salanio. Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these years?
  • Shylock. I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.
  • Salarino. There is more difference between thy flesh and hers
    than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods
    than there is between red wine and rhenish. But 1275
    tell us, do you hear whether Antonio have had any
    loss at sea or no?
  • Shylock. There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, a
    prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the
    Rialto; a beggar, that was used to come so smug upon 1280
    the mart; let him look to his bond: he was wont to
    call me usurer; let him look to his bond: he was
    wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy; let him
    look to his bond.
  • Salarino. Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take 1285
    his flesh: what's that good for?
  • Shylock. To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
    it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
    hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
    mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my 1290
    bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
    enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath
    not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs,
    dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
    the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject 1295
    to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
    warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
    a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
    if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
    us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not 1300
    revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
    resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
    what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian
    wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
    Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you 1305
    teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
    will better the instruction.

[Enter a Servant]

  • Servant. Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house and
    desires to speak with you both. 1310
  • Salarino. We have been up and down to seek him.

[Enter TUBAL]

  • Salanio. Here comes another of the tribe: a third cannot be
    matched, unless the devil himself turn Jew.

[Exeunt SALANIO, SALARINO, and Servant]

  • Shylock. How now, Tubal! what news from Genoa? hast thou
    found my daughter?
  • Tubal. I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her.
  • Shylock. Why, there, there, there, there! a diamond gone,
    cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort! The curse 1320
    never fell upon our nation till now; I never felt it
    till now: two thousand ducats in that; and other
    precious, precious jewels. I would my daughter
    were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear!
    would she were hearsed at my foot, and the ducats in 1325
    her coffin! No news of them? Why, so: and I know
    not what's spent in the search: why, thou loss upon
    loss! the thief gone with so much, and so much to
    find the thief; and no satisfaction, no revenge:
    nor no in luck stirring but what lights on my 1330
    shoulders; no sighs but of my breathing; no tears
    but of my shedding.
  • Tubal. Yes, other men have ill luck too: Antonio, as I
    heard in Genoa,—
  • Shylock. What, what, what? ill luck, ill luck? 1335
  • Tubal. Hath an argosy cast away, coming from Tripolis.
  • Shylock. I thank God, I thank God. Is't true, is't true?
  • Tubal. I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wreck.
  • Shylock. I thank thee, good Tubal: good news, good news!
    ha, ha! where? in Genoa? 1340
  • Tubal. Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, in one
    night fourscore ducats.
  • Shylock. Thou stickest a dagger in me: I shall never see my
    gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting!
    fourscore ducats! 1345
  • Tubal. There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my
    company to Venice, that swear he cannot choose but break.
  • Shylock. I am very glad of it: I'll plague him; I'll torture
    him: I am glad of it.
  • Tubal. One of them showed me a ring that he had of your 1350
    daughter for a monkey.
  • Shylock. Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal: it was my
    turquoise; I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor:
    I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.
  • Tubal. But Antonio is certainly undone. 1355
  • Shylock. Nay, that's true, that's very true. Go, Tubal, fee
    me an officer; bespeak him a fortnight before. I
    will have the heart of him, if he forfeit; for, were
    he out of Venice, I can make what merchandise I
    will. Go, go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue; 1360
    go, good Tubal; at our synagogue, Tubal.