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The Merchant of Venice
Act 3, scene 3

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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 3
Enter Shylock, the Jew, and Solanio, and Antonio,
and the Jailer.


SHYLOCK 
 Jailer, look to him. Tell not me of mercy.

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 This is the fool that lent out money gratis.
 Jailer, look to him.
ANTONIO  Hear me yet, good Shylock—
SHYLOCK 
5 I’ll have my bond. Speak not against my bond.
 I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.
 Thou call’dst me dog before thou hadst a cause,
 But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.
 The Duke shall grant me justice.—I do wonder,
10 Thou naughty jailer, that thou art so fond
 To come abroad with him at his request.
ANTONIO I pray thee, hear me speak—
SHYLOCK 
 I’ll have my bond. I will not hear thee speak.
 I’ll have my bond, and therefore speak no more.
15 I’ll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool,
 To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
 To Christian intercessors. Follow not!
 I’ll have no speaking. I will have my bond.He exits.
SOLANIO 
 It is the most impenetrable cur
20 That ever kept with men.
ANTONIO  Let him alone.
 I’ll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
 He seeks my life. His reason well I know:
 I oft delivered from his forfeitures
25 Many that have at times made moan to me.
 Therefore he hates me.
SOLANIO  I am sure the Duke
 Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.
ANTONIO 
 The Duke cannot deny the course of law,
30 For the commodity that strangers have
 With us in Venice, if it be denied,
 Will much impeach the justice of the state,
 Since that the trade and profit of the city

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 Consisteth of all nations. Therefore go.
35 These griefs and losses have so bated me
 That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh
 Tomorrow to my bloody creditor.—
 Well, jailer, on.—Pray God Bassanio come
 To see me pay his debt, and then I care not.
They exit.