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Act 3, scene 1
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The Merchant of Venice
Act 3, scene 1



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Antonio, the merchant in The Merchant of Venice, secures a loan from Shylock for his friend Bassanio, who seeks to court…

Act 1, scene 1

Antonio, a Venetian merchant, has invested all his wealth in trading expeditions. Bassanio, his friend and kinsman, asks him for…

Act 1, scene 2

At Portia’s estate of Belmont, Portia and Nerissa talk over Portia’s frustration at being unable to choose her own husband….

Act 1, scene 3

In Venice Bassanio goes to Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, to borrow, in Antonio’s name, 3,000 ducats. Shylock hates Antonio but…

Act 2, scene 1

At Belmont the Prince of Morocco greets Portia, who tells him the terms of the contest: if he chooses the…

Act 2, scene 2

In Venice Shylock’s servant, Lancelet Gobbo, debates whether he should find a new master. Lancelet’s father comes in search of…

Act 2, scene 3

Jessica, Shylock’s daughter, says good-bye to Lancelet and gives him a letter for Lorenzo, a friend of Bassanio. In a…

Act 2, scene 4

Lorenzo, Gratiano, Solanio, and Salarino try to arrange a masque for Bassanio’s dinner that night. Lancelet brings Lorenzo Jessica’s letter…

Act 2, scene 5

Lancelet brings Shylock an invitation to dinner at Bassanio’s. Shylock grudgingly accepts and commands Jessica to guard their house carefully….

Act 2, scene 6

Gratiano and Salarino wait for Lorenzo near Shylock’s house. As soon as Lorenzo arrives, he calls Jessica, who throws him…

Act 2, scene 7

At Belmont the Prince of Morocco attempts to choose the right chest and win Portia. He picks the gold one…

Act 2, scene 8

In Venice Solanio and Salarino discuss the latest news: Shylock’s torment over the loss of his daughter and the treasures…

Act 2, scene 9

At Belmont the Prince of Arragon attempts to win Portia by choosing the silver chest, but finds in it the…

Act 3, scene 1

In Venice Solanio and Salarino have learned that the Italian ship wrecked in the English Channel was Antonio’s. Shylock enters…

Act 3, scene 2

Portia advises Bassanio to postpone choosing for fear he should make the wrong choice. Bassanio declares himself unable to live…

Act 3, scene 3

Antonio seeks out Shylock in an effort to get the moneylender to listen to him. But Shylock insists that the…

Act 3, scene 4

Portia entrusts the management of her household to Lorenzo and pretends to leave with Nerissa for a house of an…

Act 3, scene 5

Lancelet, the clown, makes jokes at the expense of Jessica and then Lorenzo. Jessica praises Portia and jokes with Lorenzo.

Act 4, scene 1

In court at Venice, Shylock demands that the terms of his bond be fulfilled. Portia enters as a doctor of…

Act 4, scene 2

Gratiano gives the disguised Portia Bassanio’s ring. Nerissa decides to try to obtain from Gratiano the ring that she had…

Act 5, scene 1

Portia and Nerissa return to Belmont. When Bassanio and Gratiano also return, bringing Antonio with them, Portia and Nerissa “discover”…

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Scene 1
Enter Solanio and Salarino.

SOLANIO Now, what news on the Rialto?
SALARINO Why, yet it lives there unchecked that Antonio
 hath a ship of rich lading wracked on the
 Narrow Seas—the Goodwins, I think they call the
5 place—a very dangerous flat, and fatal, where the
 carcasses of many a tall ship lie buried, as they say,
 if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her
SOLANIO I would she were as lying a gossip in that as
10 ever knapped ginger or made her neighbors believe
 she wept for the death of a third husband. But
 it is true, without any slips of prolixity or crossing
 the plain highway of talk, that the good Antonio,
 the honest Antonio—O, that I had a title good
15 enough to keep his name company!—
SALARINO Come, the full stop.
SOLANIO Ha, what sayest thou? Why, the end is, he
 hath lost a ship.
SALARINO I would it might prove the end of his losses.
SOLANIO 20Let me say “amen” betimes, lest the devil
 cross my prayer, for here he comes in the likeness
 of a Jew.

Enter Shylock.


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 How now, Shylock, what news among the
SHYLOCK 25You knew, none so well, none so well as you,
 of my daughter’s flight.
SALARINO That’s certain. I for my part knew the tailor
 that made the wings she flew withal.
SOLANIO And Shylock for his own part knew the bird
30 was fledge, and then it is the complexion of them
 all to leave the dam.
SHYLOCK She is damned for it.
SALARINO That’s certain, if the devil may be her judge.
SHYLOCK My own flesh and blood to rebel!
SOLANIO 35Out upon it, old carrion! Rebels it at these
SHYLOCK I say my daughter is my flesh and my blood.
SALARINO There is more difference between thy flesh
 and hers than between jet and ivory, more between
40 your bloods than there is between red wine and
 Rhenish. But tell us, do you hear whether Antonio
 have had any loss at sea or no?
SHYLOCK There I have another bad match! A bankrout,
 a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on
45 the Rialto, a beggar that was used to come so smug
 upon the mart! Let him look to his bond. He was
 wont to call me usurer; let him look to his bond. He
 was wont to lend money for a Christian cur’sy; let
 him look to his bond.
SALARINO 50Why, I am sure if he forfeit, thou wilt not
 take his flesh! What’s that good for?
SHYLOCK To bait fish withal; if it will feed nothing else,
 it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me and
 hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses,
55 mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted
 my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies—
 and what’s his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not
 a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions,

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 senses, affections, passions? Fed with the
60 same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to
 the same diseases, healed by the same means,
 warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer
 as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not
 bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you
65 poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall
 we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
 resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
 what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong
 a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian
70 example? Why, revenge! The villainy you teach me I
 will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the

Enter a man from Antonio.

SERVINGMAN Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his
 house and desires to speak with you both.
SALARINO 75We have been up and down to seek him.

Enter Tubal.

SOLANIO Here comes another of the tribe; a third
 cannot be matched unless the devil himself turn
Salarino, Solanio, and the Servingman exit.
SHYLOCK How now, Tubal, what news from Genoa?
80 Hast thou found my daughter?
TUBAL I often came where I did hear of her, but
 cannot find her.
SHYLOCK Why, there, there, there, there! A diamond
 gone cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt!
85 The curse never fell upon our nation till now, I
 never felt it till now. Two thousand ducats in that,
 and other precious, precious jewels! I would my
 daughter were dead at my foot and the jewels in her
 ear; would she were hearsed at my foot and the

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90 ducats in her coffin. No news of them? Why so? And
 I know not what’s spent in the search! Why, thou
 loss upon loss! The thief gone with so much, and so
 much to find the thief, and no satisfaction, no
 revenge, nor no ill luck stirring but what lights a’ my
95 shoulders, no sighs but a’ my breathing, no tears but
 a’ my shedding.
TUBAL Yes, other men have ill luck, too. Antonio, as I
 heard in Genoa—
SHYLOCK What, what, what? Ill luck, ill luck?
TUBAL 100—hath an argosy cast away coming from
SHYLOCK I thank God, I thank God! Is it true, is it true?
TUBAL I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped
 the wrack.
SHYLOCK 105I thank thee, good Tubal. Good news, good
 news! Ha, ha, heard in Genoa—
TUBAL Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one
 night fourscore ducats.
SHYLOCK Thou stick’st a dagger in me. I shall never
110 see my gold again. Fourscore ducats at a sitting,
 fourscore ducats!
TUBAL There came divers of Antonio’s creditors in my
 company to Venice that swear he cannot choose
 but break.
SHYLOCK 115I am very glad of it. I’ll plague him, I’ll
 torture him. I am glad of it.
TUBAL One of them showed me a ring that he had of
 your daughter for a monkey.
SHYLOCK Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal. It
120 was my turquoise! I had it of Leah when I was a
 bachelor. I would not have given it for a wilderness
 of monkeys.
TUBAL But Antonio is certainly undone.
SHYLOCK Nay, that’s true, that’s very true. Go, Tubal,
125 fee me an officer. Bespeak him a fortnight before. I

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 will have the heart of him if he forfeit, for were he
 out of Venice I can make what merchandise I will.
 Go, Tubal, and meet me at our synagogue. Go, good
 Tubal, at our synagogue, Tubal.
They exit.