The Merchant of Venice

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Duke, the magnificoes, Antonio, Bassanio,

Salerio, and Gratiano with others


What, is Antonio here?


Ready, so please your grace.


I am sorry for thee. Thou art come to answer

A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch,

Uncapable of pity, void and empty
uncapable (adj.) incapable, unable [to do something]

From any dram of mercy.
dram (n.) 1 tiny amount, small quantity


                         I have heard

Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify
qualify (v.) 1 moderate, weaken, diminish

His rigorous course; but since he stands obdurate,
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

And that no lawful means can carry me

Out of his envy's reach, I do oppose
envy (n.) 1 malice, ill-will, enmity
oppose (v.) 3 place in opposition, set up as resistance

My patience to his fury, and am armed

To suffer with a quietness of spirit

The very tyranny and rage of his.
tyranny (n.) cruelty, barbarity, unmerciful violence


Go one, and call the Jew into the court.


He is ready at the door; he comes, my lord.

Enter Shylock


Make room, and let him stand before our face.

Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too,

That thou but lead'st this fashion of thy malice

To the last hour of act, and then 'tis thought
act (n.) 1 activity, action, performance

Thou'lt show thy mercy and remorse more strange
remorse (n.) 2 pity, compassion, tenderness
strange (adj.) 3 special, particular, very great

Than is thy strange apparent cruelty;
apparent (adj.) 1 plainly visible, conspicuous, evident, obvious
strange (adj.) 1 remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural

And where thou now exacts the penalty,

Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh,

Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture,
forfeiture (n.) forfeit, penalty
loose (v.) 3 revoke, cancel

But touched with human gentleness and love,
touch (v.) 3 affect, move, stir

Forgive a moiety of the principal,
moiety (n.) 1 share, portion, part

Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,

That have of late so huddled on his back,

Enow to press a royal merchant down
enow (adv.) enough
royal merchant merchant prince

And pluck commiseration of his state

From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint,
bosom (n.) 1 heart, inner person
brassy (adj.) hard as brass, unfeeling, impenetrable

From stubborn Turks and Tartars never trained
stubborn (adj.) 1 resistant, hostile, antagonistic

To offices of tender courtesy.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

We all expect a gentle answer, Jew.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind


I have possessed your grace of what I purpose,
possess (v.) 1 notify, inform, acquaint
purpose (v.) 1 intend, plan

And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn

To have the due and forfeit of my bond.
due (n.) 3 debt, liability, amount owing

If you deny it, let the danger light
danger (n.) damage, harm, mischief
light (v.) 1 alight, descend, fall, come to rest

Upon your charter and your city's freedom!

You'll ask me why I rather choose to have

A weight of carrion flesh than to receive
carrion (adj.) 1 loathsome, vile, disgusting, corrupting
carrion (adj.) 3 lean as carrion, skeleton-like; or: putrefying

Three thousand ducats. I'll not answer that,

But say, it is my humour. Is it answered?
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice

What if my house be troubled with a rat

And I be pleased to give ten thousand ducats

To have it baned? What, are you answered yet?
bane (v.) poison, kill, put down

Some men there are love not a gaping pig,
gaping (adj.) with mouth open [as on a dish prepared for eating]

Some that are mad if they behold a cat,

And others, when the bagpipe sings i'th' nose,

Cannot contain their urine; for affection,
affection (n.) 2 emotion, feeling

Master of passion, sways it to the mood
sway (v.) 1 control, rule, direct, govern

Of what it likes or loathes. Now, for your answer:

As there is no firm reason to be rendered

Why he cannot abide a gaping pig,

Why he a harmless necessary cat,

Why he a woollen bagpipe, but of force
force, of necessarily, of necessity, whether one will or not

Must yield to such inevitable shame

As to offend, himself being offended;

So can I give no reason, nor I will not,

More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing
certain (adj.) 2 steady, settled, fixed
lodged (adj.) deep-rooted, inveterate, ingrained

I bear Antonio, that I follow thus

A losing suit against him. Are you answered?
losing (adj.) involving some degree of loss
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count


This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,

To excuse the current of thy cruelty.
current (n.) 2 practice, course, way of behaviour


I am not bound to please thee with my answers.


Do all men kill the things they do not love?


Hates any man the thing he would not kill?


Every offence is not a hate at first.


What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?


I pray you think you question with the Jew.
question (v.) 1 dispute, quarrel [over], call in question

You may as well go stand upon the beach

And bid the main flood bate his usual height,
bate (v.) 1 abate, modify, lessen
flood (n.) 1 sea, deep, waves, rushing water
main flood 4 high tide

You may as well use question with the wolf
question (n.) 4 debating, discussion, investigation

Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb,

You may as well forbid the mountain pines

To wag their high-tops and to make no noise
wag (v.) 3 move, stir, rouse

When they are fretten with the gusts of heaven;
fret (v.) 3 chafe, be vexed, worry

You may as well do anything most hard

As seek to soften that – than which what's harder? –

His Jewish heart. Therefore I do beseech you

Make no more offers, use no farther means,
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]

But with all brief and plain conveniency
conveniency (n.) convenience, opportunity, advantage

Let me have judgement, and the Jew his will.


For thy three thousand ducats here is six.


If every ducat in six thousand ducats

Were in six parts, and every part a ducat,

I would not draw them. I would have my bond.
draw (v.) 2 take up, receive, collect


How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none?


What judgement shall I dread, doing no wrong?
dread (v.) fear, anticipate in fear, be anxious about

You have among you many a purchased slave,

Which like your asses and your dogs and mules

You use in abject and in slavish parts,
part (n.) 4 action, conduct, behaviour

Because you bought them. Shall I say to you,

‘ Let them be free! Marry them to your heirs!

Why sweat they under burdens? Let their beds

Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates

Be seasoned with such viands ’? You will answer,
season (v.) 9 gratify, delight, tease
viand (n.) (usually plural) food, victuals, foodstuff

‘ The slaves are ours.’ So do I answer you.

The pound of flesh which I demand of him

Is dearly bought, 'tis mine, and I will have it.

If you deny me, fie upon your law!

There is no force in the decrees of Venice.

I stand for judgement. Answer; shall I have it?


Upon my power I may dismiss this court
power (n.) 3 authority, government

Unless Bellario, a learned doctor

Whom I have sent for to determine this,
determine (v.) 1 make a decision [about], reach a conclusion [about]

Come here today.
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await


                         My lord, here stays without

A messenger with letters from the doctor,

New come from Padua.


Bring us the letters. Call the messenger.


Good cheer, Antonio! What, man, courage yet!

The Jew shall have my flesh, blood, bones, and all,

Ere thou shalt lose for me one drop of blood.


I am a tainted wether of the flock,
tainted (adj.) 1 infected, diseased
wether (n.) sheep, ram

Meetest for death. The weakest kind of fruit
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count

Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me.

You cannot better be employed, Bassanio,

Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

Enter Nerissa dressed like a lawyer's clerk


Came you from Padua, from Bellario?


From both, my lord. Bellario greets your grace.

She presents a letter


Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly?


To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there.


Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew,

Thou mak'st thy knife keen; but no metal can,

No, not the hangman's axe, bear half the keenness

Of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee?
envy (n.) 1 malice, ill-will, enmity
pierce (v.) 1 move, touch, get through to


No, none that thou hast wit enough to make.
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count


O be thou damned, inexecrable dog,
inexecrable (adj.) inexorable, unmoveable, relentless; or: execrable, accursed, damnable

And for thy life let justice be accused!

Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith,

To hold opinion with Pythagoras

That souls of animals infuse themselves

Into the trunks of men. Thy currish spirit
currish (adj.) mean-spirited, snarling, quarrelsome

Governed a wolf who, hanged for human slaughter,

Even from the gallows did his fell soul fleet,
fell (adj.) 1 cruel, fierce, savage
fleet (v.) 2 [of souls] leave, pass away, fly off

And whilst thou layest in thy unhallowed dam,
dam (n.) mother See Topics: Family

Infused itself in thee; for thy desires

Are wolvish, bloody, starved, and ravenous.


Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond,
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count

Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud.
offend (v.) 1 harm, hurt, pain

Repair thy wit, good youth, or it will fall
repair (v.) 2 restore, renew, revive
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

To cureless ruin. I stand here for law.
cureless (adj.) incurable, fatal, without remedy


This letter from Bellario doth commend
commend (v.) 3 present, introduce, bring [for favourable acceptance]

A young and learned doctor to our court.

Where is he?
attend (v.) 3 serve at court, wait on royalty


                         He attendeth here hard by

To know your answer whether you'll admit him.


With all my heart. Some three or four of you

Go give him courteous conduct to this place.

Meantime the court shall hear Bellario's letter.


Your grace shall understand that at the receipt of

your letter I am very sick; but in the instant that your

messenger came, in loving visitation was with me a young

doctor of Rome. His name is Balthasar. I acquainted

him with the cause in controversy between the Jew and

Antonio the merchant. We turned o'er many books together.

He is furnished with my opinion which, bettered
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess

with his own learning, the greatness whereof I cannot

enough commend, comes with him, at my importunity, to fill
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol
fill up (v.) 3 satisfy, fulfil, meet
importunity (n.) persistent solicitation, troublesome persistence

up your grace's request in my stead. I beseech you let his

lack of years be no impediment to let him lack a reverend
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected

estimation, for I never knew so young a body with so old a

head. I leave him to your gracious acceptance, whose trial

shall better publish his commendation.

Enter Portia as Balthasar, dressed like a Doctor of Laws


You hear the learn'd Bellario, what he writes,

And here, I take it, is the doctor come.

Give me your hand. Come you from old Bellario?


I did, my lord.


                         You are welcome; take your place.

Are you acquainted with the difference
difference (n.) 1 quarrel, disagreement, dispute

That holds this present question in the court?
question (n.) 1 argument, contention, dispute


I am informed throughly of the cause.
throughly (adv.) thoroughly, fully, completely

Which is the merchant here? And which the Jew?


Antonio and old Shylock, both stand forth.


Is your name Shylock?


                         Shylock is my name.


Of a strange nature is the suit you follow,
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition See Topics: Frequency count

Yet in such rule that the Venetian law
rule (n.) 2 proper discipline, good management

Cannot impugn you as you do proceed.

(to Antonio) You stand within his danger, do you not?


Ay, so he says.


                         Do you confess the bond?


I do.


                         Then must the Jew be merciful.


On what compulsion must I? Tell me that.


The quality of mercy is not strained,
quality (n.) 1 nature, disposition, character
strain (v.) 2 constrain, force, press

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest,
blessed, blest (adj.) 3 capable of blessing, full of happiness

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

'Tis mightiest in the mightiest, it becomes

The throned monarch better than his crown.
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
temporal (adj.) secular, civil, worldly

The attribute to awe and majesty,

Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;

But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
sway (n.) 1 power, dominion, rule

It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,

It is an attribute to God himself,

And earthly power doth then show likest God's
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,

Though justice be thy plea, consider this:

That in the course of justice none of us
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure

Should see salvation. We do pray for mercy,

And that same prayer doth teach us all to render

The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much

To mitigate the justice of thy plea,
mitigate (v.) 1 moderate, reduce the severity of
plea (n.) 1 claim, argument, issue

Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice

Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.


My deeds upon my head! I crave the law,
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require

The penalty and forfeit of my bond.


Is he not able to discharge the money?


Yes, here I tender it for him in the court,

Yea, twice the sum. If that will not suffice,

I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er

On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart.

If this will not suffice, it must appear

That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you,
bear down (v.) overwhelm, put down, overcome

Wrest once the law to your authority,
wrest (v.) 1 distort, twist, strain

To do a great right, do a little wrong,

And curb this cruel devil of his will.


It must not be. There is no power in Venice
power (n.) 3 authority, government

Can alter a decree established.

'Twill be recorded for a precedent,

And many an error by the same example

Will rush into the state. It cannot be.


A Daniel come to judgement! Yea, a Daniel!

O wise young judge, how I do honour thee!


I pray you let me look upon the bond.


Here 'tis, most reverend doctor, here it is.


Shylock, there's thrice thy money offered thee.


An oath, an oath! I have an oath in heaven;

Shall I lay perjury upon my soul!

No, not for Venice!


                         Why, this bond is forfeit,

And lawfully by this the Jew may claim

A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off

Nearest the merchant's heart. Be merciful,

Take thrice thy money, bid me tear the bond.


When it is paid, according to the tenour.
tenor, tenour (n.) 2 meaning, purpose, intention

It doth appear you are a worthy judge,

You know the law, your exposition

Hath been most sound. I charge you by the law,

Whereof you are a well-deserving pillar,

Proceed to judgement. By my soul I swear

There is no power in the tongue of man

To alter me. I stay here on my bond.
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay


Most heartily I do beseech the court

To give the judgement.


                         Why then, thus it is:

You must prepare your bosom for his knife.


O noble judge! O excellent young man!


For the intent and purpose of the law
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Hath full relation to the penalty,

Which here appeareth due upon the bond.


'Tis very true. O wise and upright judge!

How much more elder art thou than thy looks!


Therefore lay bare your bosom.


                         Ay, his breast,

So says the bond, doth it not, noble judge?

‘ Nearest his heart,’ those are the very words.


It is so. Are there balance here to weigh

The flesh?


                         I have them ready.


Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge,
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay
surgeon (n.) doctor, physician

To stop his wounds, lest he do bleed to death.
stop (v.) 5 staunch, close up, prevent from bleeding


Is it so nominated in the bond?


It is not so expressed, but what of that?

'Twere good you do so much for charity.


I cannot find it; 'tis not in the bond.


You, merchant, have you anything to say?


But little. I am armed and well prepared.

Give me your hand, Bassanio, fare you well.

Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you,

For herein Fortune shows herself more kind

Than is her custom; it is still her use
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
use (n.) 1 usual practice, habit, custom

To let the wretched man outlive his wealth

To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

An age of poverty, from which lingering penance

Of such misery doth she cut me off.

Commend me to your honourable wife,
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

Tell her the process of Antonio's end,

Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death,

And when the tale is told, bid her be judge

Whether Bassanio had not once a love.
love (n.) 2 very dear friend

Repent but you that you shall lose your friend,

And he repents not that he pays your debt,

For if the Jew do cut but deep enough,

I'll pay it presently with all my heart.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


Antonio, I am married to a wife

Which is as dear to me as life itself,

But life itself, my wife, and all the world

Are not with me esteemed above thy life.

I would lose all, ay sacrifice them all

Here to this devil, to deliver you.


Your wife would give you little thanks for that

If she were by to hear you make the offer.


I have a wife who I protest I love;

I would she were in heaven, so she could
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities

Entreat some power to change this currish Jew.
currish (adj.) mean-spirited, snarling, quarrelsome


'Tis well you offer it behind her back,

The wish would make else an unquiet house.


These be the Christian husbands! I have a daughter;

Would any of the stock of Barrabas

Had been her husband, rather than a Christian.

We trifle time. I pray thee pursue sentence.
trifle (v.) 1 waste, squander, spend idly


A pound of that same merchant's flesh is thine,

The court awards it, and the law doth give it.


Most rightful judge!


And you must cut this flesh from off his breast,

The law allows it, and the court awards it.
allow (v.) 4 bestow, legally assign


Most learned judge! A sentence! Come, prepare!


Tarry a little, there is something else.
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger

This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;

The words expressly are ‘a pound of flesh'.

Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh,

But in the cutting it if thou dost shed

One drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods

Are by the laws of Venice confiscate

Unto the state of Venice.


O upright judge! Mark, Jew. O learned judge!
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count


Is that the law?


                         Thyself shalt see the act,

For, as thou urgest justice, be assured

Thou shalt have justice more than thou desir'st.
desire (v.) 1 request, wish, ask [for]


O learned judge! Mark, Jew. A learned judge!


I take this offer then. Pay the bond thrice

And let the Christian go.


                         Here is the money.



The Jew shall have all justice. Soft, no haste,

He shall have nothing but the penalty.


O Jew! An upright judge, a learned judge!


Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh.

Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more

But just a pound of flesh. If thou tak'st more

Or less than a just pound, be it but so much
just (adj.) 1 accurate, exact, precise

As makes it light or heavy in the substance

Or the division of the twentieth part

Of one poor scruple, nay, if the scale do turn
scruple (n.) 1 tiny amount, last ounce

But in the estimation of a hair,
estimation (n.) 5 estimated amount, reckoning

Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.


A second Daniel! A Daniel, Jew!

Now, infidel, I have you on the hip!
hip, on / upon the [wrestling] at a disadvantage, in an unfavourable position


Why doth the Jew pause? Take thy forfeiture.
forfeiture (n.) forfeit, penalty


Give me my principal, and let me go.


I have it ready for thee; here it is.


He hath refused it in the open court.

He shall have merely justice and his bond.
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely See Topics: Frequency count


A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel!

I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word.


Shall I not have barely my principal?


Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture,

To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.


Why, then the devil give him good of it!

I'll stay no longer question.
question (n.) 5 questioning, interrogation, examination
stay (v.) 14 put up with, endure, abide
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger


                         Tarry, Jew!

The law hath yet another hold on you.

It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
enact (v.) 2 decree, ordain, enter in the records

If it be proved against an alien

That by direct or indirect attempts

He seek the life of any citizen,

The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive
contrive (v.) 1 scheme, plot, conspire

Shall seize one half his goods, the other half
seize, seize upon (v.) [legal] take possession of, take hold of

Comes to the privy coffer of the state,
privy 3 private, particular, exclusive

And the offender's life lies in the mercy

Of the Duke only, 'gainst all other voice,
voice (n.) 3 authoritative opinion, judgement

In which predicament I say thou stand'st,

For it appears by manifest proceeding

That indirectly, and directly too,
directly (adv.) 3 plainly, clearly, evidently

Thou hast contrived against the very life

Of the defendant, and thou hast incurred

The danger formerly by me rehearsed.

Down therefore, and beg mercy of the Duke.


Beg that thou mayst have leave to hang thyself,

And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state,

Thou hast not left the value of a cord,

Therefore thou must be hanged at the state's charge.


That thou shalt see the difference of our spirit,

I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.

For half thy wealth, it is Antonio's,

The other half comes to the general state,

Which humbleness may drive unto a fine.


Ay, for the state, not for Antonio.


Nay, take my life and all! Pardon not that!

You take my house when you do take the prop

That doth sustain my house. You take my life

When you do take the means whereby I live.


What mercy can you render him, Antonio?


A halter gratis! Nothing else, for God's sake!
gratis (adv.) for nothing, without payment
halter (n.) 1 rope with a noose [for hanging]


So please my lord the Duke and all the court

To quit the fine for one half of his goods,
quit (v.) 2 remit, release from

I am content, so he will let me have
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

The other half in use, to render it
use (n.) 6 trust, possession, tenure

Upon his death unto the gentleman

That lately stole his daughter.

Two things provided more: that for this favour

He presently become a Christian;
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

The other, that he do record a gift

Here in the court of all he dies possessed

Unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter.


He shall do this, or else I do recant

The pardon that I late pronounced here.


Art thou contented, Jew? What dost thou say?


I am content.
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count
draw (v.) 3 draw up, draft, frame


                         Clerk, draw a deed of gift.


I pray you, give me leave to go from hence,

I am not well; send the deed after me,

And I will sign it.


                         Get thee gone, but do it.


In christ'ning shalt thou have two godfathers.

Had I been judge, thou shouldst have had ten more,

To bring thee to the gallows, not the font.

Exit Shylock


Sir, I entreat you home with me to dinner.


I humbly do desire your grace of pardon.

I must away this night toward Padua,

And it is meet I presently set forth.
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


I am sorry that your leisure serves you not.

Antonio, gratify this gentleman,
gratify (v.) 1 reward, repay, show gratitude for

For in my mind you are much bound to him.

Exit Duke and his train


Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend

Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted

Of grievous penalties, in lieu whereof

Three thousand ducats due unto the Jew

We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
cope, cope with (v.) 3 give in recompense for


And stand indebted, over and above,

In love and service to you evermore.


He is well paid that is well satisfied,

And I delivering you am satisfied,

And therein do account myself well paid:
account, accompt (v.) 1 reckon, judge, consider

My mind was never yet more mercenary.

I pray you know me when we meet again,

I wish you well, and so I take my leave.


Dear sir, of force I must attempt you further.
attempt (v.) 3 tempt, persuade, win over
force, of necessarily, of necessity, whether one will or not

Take some remembrance of us as a tribute,
remembrance (n.) 4 love-token, keepsake, memento

Not as fee. Grant me two things, I pray you:

Not to deny me, and to pardon me.


You press me far, and therefore I will yield.

Give me your gloves, I'll wear them for your sake.

Bassanio takes off his gloves

And for your love I'll take this ring from you.

Do not draw back your hand, I'll take no more,

And you in love shall not deny me this.


This ring, good sir, alas, it is a trifle!

I will not shame myself to give you this.


I will have nothing else but only this,

And now methinks I have a mind to it.
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count


There's more depends on this than on the value.

The dearest ring in Venice will I give you,

And find it out by proclamation.

Only for this, I pray you pardon me.


I see, sir, you are liberal in offers.

You taught me first to beg, and now methinks
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

You teach me how a beggar should be answered.


Good sir, this ring was given me by my wife,

And when she put it on she made me vow

That I should neither sell nor give nor lose it.


That 'scuse serves many men to save their gifts,
scuse (n.) excuse

An if your wife be not a madwoman,

And know how well I have deserved this ring,

She would not hold out enemy for ever

For giving it to me. Well, peace be with you!

Exeunt Portia and Nerissa


My Lord Bassanio, let him have the ring.

Let his deservings, and my love withal,

Be valued 'gainst your wife's commandement.
commandment, commandement (n.) 1 command, instruction, order


Go, Gratiano, run and overtake him,

Give him the ring and bring him if thou canst

Unto Antonio's house. Away, make haste.

Exit Gratiano

Come, you and I will thither presently,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

And in the morning early will we both

Fly toward Belmont. Come, Antonio.


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