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The Merchant of Venice

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Act III, Scene 3

Venice. A street.



  • Shylock. Gaoler, look to him: tell not me of mercy;
    This is the fool that lent out money gratis:
    Gaoler, look to him. 1710
  • Antonio. Hear me yet, good Shylock.
  • Shylock. I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond:
    I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
    Thou call'dst me dog before thou hadst a cause;
    But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs: 1715
    The duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,
    Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond
    To come abroad with him at his request.
  • Antonio. I pray thee, hear me speak.
  • Shylock. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak: 1720
    I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more.
    I'll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool,
    To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
    To Christian intercessors. Follow not;
    I'll have no speaking: I will have my bond. 1725


  • Salarino. It is the most impenetrable cur
    That ever kept with men.
  • Antonio. Let him alone:
    I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. 1730
    He seeks my life; his reason well I know:
    I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures
    Many that have at times made moan to me;
    Therefore he hates me.
  • Salarino. I am sure the duke 1735
    Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
  • Antonio. The duke cannot deny the course of law:
    For the commodity that strangers have
    With us in Venice, if it be denied,
    Will much impeach the justice of his state; 1740
    Since that the trade and profit of the city
    Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go:
    These griefs and losses have so bated me,
    That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
    To-morrow to my bloody creditor. 1745
    Well, gaoler, on. Pray God, Bassanio come
    To see me pay his debt, and then I care not!