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SCENE III

Venice. A street.
Enter SHYLOCK, SALARINO, ANTONIO, and Gaoler.

Shy.
Gaoler, look to him: tell not me of mercy;

This is the fool that lent out money gratis:

Gaoler, look to him.

Ant.
Hear me yet, good Shylock.

Shy.
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 (10)

To come abroad with him at his request.

Ant.
I pray thee, hear me speak.

Shy.
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 inercessors. Follow not;

I'll have no speaking: I will have my bond. [Exit.


Salar.
It is the most impenetrable cur

That ever kept with men.

Ant.
Let him alone:

I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. (21)

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.

Salar.
I am sure the duke

Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.

Ant.
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; (30)

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.

Well, gaoler, on. Pray God, Bassanio come

To see me pay his debt, and then I care not! [Exeunt.

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