The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter a MAN from ANTONIO
One of ANTONIO’s SERVANTS enters.

MAN

(to SOLANIO and SALARINO) Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house and desires to speak with you both.

SERVANT

(to SOLANIO and SALARINO) My master Antonio is at his house and would like to speak to you both.

SALARINO

65We have been up and down to seek him.

SALARINO

We’ve been looking for him everywhere.
Enter TUBAL
TUBAL enters.

SOLANIO

Here comes another of the tribe. A third cannot be matched unless the devil himself turn Jew.

SOLANIO

Here comes another Jew. You couldn’t find a third like these two unless the devil himself turned into a Jew.
Exeunt SOLANIO, SALARINO, and MAN
SOLANIO, SALARINO, and ANTONIO’s SERVANT exit.

SHYLOCK

How now, Tubal? What news from Genoa? Hast thou found my daughter?

SHYLOCK

Hello, Tubal. Any news from Genoa? Did you find my daughter?

TUBAL

70I often came where I did hear of her, but cannot find her.

TUBAL

I went to many places where I heard news about her, but I couldn’t find her.

SHYLOCK

Why, there, there, there, there! A diamond gone cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt—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 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 o' my shoulders, no sighs but o' my breathing, no tears but o' my shedding.

SHYLOCK

Oh, oh, oh! One of the stolen diamonds cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt! I never felt the curse of the Jews until now. I never felt it until now—two thousand ducats in that diamond, and other precious, precious jewels! I wish my daughter were dead at my feet wearing those jewels! I wish she were in her coffin here, with the ducats in her coffin! You couldn’t find out anything about them? Why? I don’t even know how much I’m spending to find them. Loss upon loss! The thief left with so much, and I’m spending so much to hunt down the thief—and still I’m not satisfied! I haven’t gotten my revenge. The only luck I have is bad luck. Nobody suffers but me. Nobody’s crying except me.