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Shylock. THREE thousand ducats,-well.
Bas. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.
Shy. Antonio shall become bound,—well. Bas. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer?
Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound?
Bas. Your answer to that.
Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no ;-my meaning, in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me, that he is sufficient ; yet his means are in supposition ; he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand moreover upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England,—and other ventures he hath, squander'd abroad : But ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats, and water-rats, water-thieves, and landthieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;—three thousand ducats ;-I think, 1 may take his bond.
Bas. Be assured you may.
may sured, I will bethink me : May I speak with Antonio ?
Bas. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell pork! I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on the Rialto ?-Who is he comes here?
[Enter Antonio Bas. This is signior Antonio. Shy. (aside.) How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a christian : But rnore, for that, in low simplicity, He lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
Shylock, do you hear?
Ant. Shylock, albeit I never lend nor borrow,
'Tis a good round sum. Three months from twelve, then let me see the rate.
Ant. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholden to you?
Shy. Signior Antonio, many' a time and oft,
Shylock, we would have monies:' You say so ;
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
This were kindness.
your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken In what part of your body pleaseth me.
Ant. Content in faith ; I'll seal to such a bond, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.
Bas. You shall not seal to such a bond for me,
Ant. Why, fear not man; I will not forfeit it:
Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are ;
A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, • Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say,
Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.
Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's;
Hie thee, gentle Jew.
Bas. I like not fair terms, and a villain's mind.
Ant. Come on; in this there can be no dismay, My ships come home a month before the day.
SPEECH OF MARINO FALIERO..... Lord Byron.
You see me here,
Do they know, that these dark forests, through which even the winds come not without dismal and terrifying sound, is the home of the savage, whose first prompting is to destroy, that he may rob? Do they know that disease must be the inmate of their dwellings in their untried exposure? If the savage, if disease, selects no victims, will famine stay its merciless hand? Do they know how slowly the forest yields to human industry! Do they realize how long, how lonesome, how perilous it will be, to their little group, before want can be supplied and security obtained? Can they have come, voluntarily, to encounter all these unavoidable evils? Have they given up their native land, their precious homes, their kind friends, their kindred, the comfort and the fellowship of civilized and polished life? Is this the evidence of affectionate solicitude of husbands, of anxious tenderness of parents, or the sad measure of distempered minds? Wherefore are they come? What did they suffer, what did they fear, what do they expect, or hope, that they have chosen exile here, and to become the watchful neighbour of the treacherous Indian !
They gather themselves together, and assume the posture of humble devotion. They pour forth the sentiments of praise, of hope, of unshaken confidence. They cast themselves, their wives, their children, into the arms of that beneficent Parent, who is present in the wilderness no less than the crowded city. It is to Him that they look for support, amidst the wants of nature, for shelter against the storm, for protection against the savage, for relief in disease.
RIENZI-ANGELO..... Miss Mitford.