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Than twenty times the value of the sum
Portia. Is it your dear friend that is thus in trouble?
Bassanio. The dearest friend to me, the kindest man,
The ancient Roman honour more appears
Portia. What sum owes he the Jew?
Bassanio. For me three thousand ducats.
Portia. What, no more?
Pay him six thousand, and deface the bond;
For never shall you lie by Portia's side
Bassanio. [Reads] Sweet Bassanio, my ships have all miscarried, my creditors grow cruel, my estate is very low, my bond to the Jew is forfeit; and since in paying it, it is impossible I should live, all debts are cleared between you and I, if I might but see you at my death. Notwithstanding, use your pleasure: if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter.
Portia. O love, dispatch all business, and be gone!
Bassanio. Since I have your good leave to go away,
No bed shall e'er be guilty of my stay,
No rest be interposer 'twixt us twain. [Exeunt.
SCENE III. Venice. A street.
Enter Shylock, Salarino, Antonio, and Gaoler.
Shylock. Gaoler, look to him: tell not me of mercy;
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: 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. 10
Antonio. I pray thee, hear me speak.
Shylock. I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak: 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. [Exit.
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. 20
He seeks my life; his reason well I know:
Salarino. I am sure the duke
Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
Antonio. The duke cannot deny the course of law:
Consisteth of all nations. Therefore go:
SCENE IV. Belmont. A room in Portia's house.
Lorenzo. Madam, although I speak it in your presence, You have a noble and a true conceit Of god-like amity; which appears most strongly In bearing thus the absence of your lord. But if you knew to whom you show this honour, How true a gentleman you send relief, How dear a lover of my lord your husband, I know you would be prouder of the work Than customary bounty can enforce you.
Portia. I never did repent for doing good, 10
Nor shall not now : for in companions
From out the state of hellish misery!
Therefore no more of it: hear other things.
Lorenzo, I commit into your hands
The husbandry and manage of my house
Until my lord's return: for mine own part,
I have toward heaven breathed a secret vow
To live in prayer and contemplation,
Only attended by Nerissa here,
Until her husband and my lord's return: 30
There is a monastery two miles off;
And there will we abide. I do desire you
Not to deny this imposition,
The which my love and some necessity
Now lays upon you.
Lorenzo. Madam, with all my heart:
I shall obey you in all fair commands.
Portia. My people do already know my mind, And will acknowledge you and Jessica In place of Lord Bassanio and myself. And so farewell, till we shall meet again. 40
Lorenzo. Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you!
Jessica. I wish your ladyship all heart's content.
Portia. I thank you for your wish, and am well pleased To wish it back on you: fare you well, Jessica.
[Exeunt Jessica and Lorenzo. Now, Balthasar,
As I have ever found thee honest-true,
And, look, what notes and garments he doth give thee,
Balthasar. Madam, I go with all convenient speed.
Portia. Come on, Nerissa; I have work in hand That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands Before they think of us.
Nerissa. Shall they see us?
Portia. They shall, Nerissa; but in such a habit, 60
Which I denying, they fell sick and died;
But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device
At the park gate; and therefore haste away,
SCENE V. The same. A garden.
Launcelot. Yes, truly; for, look you, the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children: therefore, I promise ye, I fear you. I was always plain with you, and so now I speak my agitation of the matter: therefore be of good cheer, for truly I think you are damned. There is but one hope in it that can do you any good; and that is but a kind of base hope neither.