The Merchant of Venice (Modern Library Classics) by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

Because the electorate of Venice compete for effective marriages, wealth, and standing, a moneylender is motive on lethal revenge. distrust and resentment thrive in Shakespeare’s darkish comedy.

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He hears merry tales and smiles not. I fear he will prove42 the weeping philosopher when he grows old, being so full of unmannerly43 sadness in his youth. I had rather to be married to a death’s-head44 with a bone in his mouth than to either of these. God defend me from these two! NERISSA How47 say you by the French lord, Monsieur Le Bon? PORTIA God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man. In truth, I know it is a sin to be a mocker, but he! Why, he hath a horse better than the Neapolitan’s, a better bad50 habit of frowning than the Count Palatine.

NERISSA How like you the young German, the Duke of Saxony73’s nephew? PORTIA Very vilely in the morning when he is sober, and most vilely in the afternoon when he is drunk: when he is best, he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast77. An the worst fall that ever fell, I hope I shall make shift78 to go without him. NERISSA If he should offer to choose, and choose the right casket, you should80 refuse to perform your father’s will, if you should refuse to accept him.

SHYLOCK This kindness will I show: Go with me to a notary144, seal me there Your single145 bond, and in a merry sport If you repay me not on such a day, In such a place, such sum or sums as are Expressed in the condition148, let the forfeit Be nominated for149 an equal pound Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken In what part of your body it pleaseth me. ANTONIO Content, in faith, I’ll seal to such a bond And say there is much kindness in the Jew. BASSANIO You shall not seal to such a bond for me.

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