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Ham. His beard was grizzled?-no? Hor. It was, as I have seen it in his life, A sable silvered.
Ham. I will watch to-night; Perchance 'twill walk again. Hor. I warrant 'twill.
Ham. If it assume my noble father's person,
ANTONIO AND SHYLOCK.-Shakspeare.
Venice. A public place. Enter Bassanio and Shylock.
Shy. Three thousand ducats,-well.
Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.
Shy. Antonio shall become bound,-well.
Bass. May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer?
Shy. Three thousand ducats, for three months, and Antonio bound.
Bass. Your answer to that.
Shy. Antonio is a good man.
Bass. Have you heard any imputation to the contrary? 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 squandered abroad: But ships are but boards, sailors but men there be land-rats, and water-rats, waterthieves, and land-thieves; I mean, pirates; and then, there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks: The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient ;-three thousand ducats; -I think I may take his bond.
Bass. Be assured you may.
Shy. I will be assured I may: and, that I may be assured, I will bethink me; May I speak with Antonio?
Bass. If it please you to dine with us.
Shy. Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet, the Nazarite, conjured the devil into: 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?
Bass. This is signior Antonio.
Shy. [Aside.] How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him, for he is a Christian :
But more, for that, in low simplicity,
Of full three thousand ducats: What of that?
Ay, ay, three thousand ducats.
Shy. I had forgot,-three months, you told me so. Well then, your bond; and, let me see,-But hear you; Methought, you said, you neither lend, nor borrow, Upon advantage.
I do never use it.
Shy. Three thousand ducats,—'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, In the Rialto you have rated me About my monies, and my usances: Still have I borne it with a patient shrug; For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe: You call me misbeliever, cut-throat, dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine, And all for use of that which is mine own. Well then, it now appears, you need my help: Go to then; you come to me, and you say, Shylock, we would have monies; You say so; You, that did void your rheum upon my beard, And foot me, as you spurn a stranger cur Over your threshold; monies is your suit. What should I say to you? Should I not say, Hath a dog money? is it possible,
A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or,
Shall I bend low, and in a bondsman's key,
Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last;
Ant. I am as like to call thee so again,
Why, look you, how you storm! I would be friends with you, and have your love, Forget the shames that you have stained me with, Supply your present wants, and take no doit Of usance for my monies, and you'll not hear me: This is kind I offer.
Ant. This were kindness.
Ant. Content, in faith: I'll seal to such a bond, And say, there is much kindness in the Jew.
Bass. You shall not seal to such a bond for me, I'll rather dwell in my necessity.
Ant. Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it;
This kindness will I show :
Shy. O father Abraham, what these Christians are; Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect The thoughts of others! Pray you, tell me this; If he should break his day, what should I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture? 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, To buy his favor, I extend this friendship: If he will take it, so; if not, adieu; And, for my love, I pray you, wrong me not. Ant. Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond. Shy. Then meet me forthwith at the notary's; Give him direction for this merry bond, And I will go and purse the ducats straight; See to my house, left in the fearful guard Of an unthrifty knave; and presently I will be with you.
Hie thee, gentle Jew. This Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind. Bass. 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. [Exeunt.
SCENE FROM HAMLET.-Shakspeare.
Ham. Come, some music.
Guil. Good my lord, vouchsafe me a word with you. Ham. Sir, a whole history.
Guil. The king, Sir,
Ham. Ay, sir, what of him?
Guil. Is, in his retirement, marvelous distempered. Ham. With drink, sir?
Guil. No, my lord, with choler.
Ham. Your wisdom should show itself more richer,