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The party, 'gainst the which he doth contrive,
Por. Ay, for the state;' not for Antonio.
Shy. Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that: You take my house, when you do take the
prop That doth sustain
my When you do take the means whereby I live.
Por. What mercy can you render him, Antonio? Gra. A halter gratis; nothing else; for God's sake.
Ant. So please my lord the duke, and all the court, To quit the fine for one half of his goods; I am content, so he will let me have The other half in use,—to render it,
Ay, for the state ; &c.] That is, the state's moiety may be commuted for a fine, but not Antonio's. MALONE.
Upon his death, unto the gentleman
Duke. He shall do this; or else I do recant
Por. Art thou contented, Jew, what dost thou
Shy. I am content.
Clerk, draw a deed of gift. Shy. I pray you, give me leave to go from hence; I am not well; send the deed after
me, And I will sign it. Duke.
Get thee gone, but do it. Gra. In christening thou shalt have two god
fathers; Had I been judge, thou should'st have had ten more,” To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.
[Exit Shylock. Duke. Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.
Por. I humbly do desire your grace of pardon; I must away this night toward Padua, And it is meet, I presently set forth.
Duke. I am sorry, that your leisure serves you not. Antonio, gratify this gentleman; For, in my mind, you are much bound to him.
[Exeunt Duke, Magnificoes, and Train. Bass. Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend, Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof, Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
thou should’st have had ten more,] i, e. a jury of twelve men, to condemn thee to be hanged.
Ant. And stand indebted, over and above, In love and service to you evermore.
Por. He is well paid, that is well satisfied;
Por. You press me far, and therefore I will yield.
you in love shall not deny me this. Bass. This ring, good sir,-alas, it is a trifle; I will not shame myself to give you this.
Por. I will have nothing else but only this;
Por. I see, sir, you are liberal in offers:
wife; And, when she put it on, she made me vow, That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. Por. That 'scuse serves many men to save their
gifts. An if
your wife be not a mad woman,
And know how well I have deserv'd this ring,
[Exeunt Portia and Nerissa.
Bass. Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him, Give him the ring; and bring him, if thou can'st, Unto Antonio's house:-away, make haste.
[Exit GRATIANO. Come, you and I will thither pres ; And in the morning early will we both Fly toward Belmont: Come, Antonio. [Exeunt.
Por. Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this
And let him sign it; we'll away to night,
That cannot be:
pray you, tell him: Furthermore,
upon more advice,] i. e, more reflection.
Sir, I would speak with you:-
swearing That they did give the rings away to men; But we'll outface them, and outswear them too. Away, make haste; thou know'st where I will tarry Ner. Come, good sir, will you show me to this house?
SCENE I. Belmont Avenue to Portia's House.
Enter Lorenzo and JESSICA.
Lor. The moon shines bright:-In such a night
In such a night,
In such a night,
In such a night,