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Author: William Shakespeare
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The Merchant of Venice (Quarto 1, 1600)


the Merchant of Venice.
Portia. Yes, yes, it was Bassanio, as I thinke so was he calld.
Ner. True maddam, hee of all the men that euer my foolish
eyes look'd vpon, was the best deseruing a faire Ladie.
295Portia. I remember him well, and I remember him worthie of
thy prayse.
How nowe, vvhat newes?
Enter a Seruingman.
Ser. The foure strangers seeke for you maddam to take theyr
300leaue: and there is a fore-runner come from a fift, the Prince of
Moroco, who brings word the Prince his Maister will be heere to
night.
Por. Yf I could bid the fift welcome with so good hart as I can
bid the other foure farewell, I should bee glad of his approch: if
305he haue the condition of a Saint, and the complexion of a deuill, I
had rather he should shriue mee then wiue mee. Come Nerrissa,
sirra goe before: whiles we shut the gate vpon one wooer, another
knocks at the doore.
Exeunt.

Enter Bassanio with Shylocke the Iew.
310Shy. Three thousand ducates, well.
Bass. I sir, for three months.
Shy. For three months, well.
Bass. For the which as I told you,
Anthonio shalbe bound.
315Shy. Anthonio shall become bound, well.
Bass. May you sted me? Will you pleasure me?
Shall I know your aunswere.
Shy. Three thousand ducats for three months,
and Anthonio bound.
320Bass. Your aunswere to that.
Shy. Anthonio is a good man.
Bass. Haue you heard any imputation to the contrary.
Shylocke. Ho no, no, no, no: my meaning in saying hee is
a good man, is to haue you vnderstand mee that hee is sufficient,
325yet his meanes are in supposition: hee hath an Argosie bound
to Tripolis, another to the Indies, I vnderstand moreouer vp-
on the Ryalta, hee hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England,
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