The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

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TUBAL

Yes, other men have ill luck too. Antonio, as I heard in
Genoa—

TUBAL

Well, other men have bad luck too. Antonio, as I heard in Genoa—

SHYLOCK

85What, what, what? Ill luck, ill luck?

SHYLOCK

What, what, what? Bad luck, bad luck?

TUBAL

Hath an argosy cast away coming from Tripolis.

TUBAL

He’s had a ship wrecked coming from Tripolis.

SHYLOCK

I thank God, I thank God! Is ’t true, is ’t true?

SHYLOCK

Thank God, thank God! Is it true, is it true?

TUBAL

I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped the wrack.

TUBAL

I spoke with some of the sailors who survived the wreck.

SHYLOCK

I thank thee, good Tubal. Good news, good news! Ha, ha, heard in Genoa.

SHYLOCK

Thank you, Tubal. Good news, good news! Ha, ha, heard in Genoa.

TUBAL

Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, in one night fourscore ducats.

TUBAL

I also heard that your daughter spent eighty ducats in Genoa one night.

SHYLOCK

Thou stickest a dagger in me. I shall never see my gold again. Fourscore ducats at a sitting! Fourscore ducats!

SHYLOCK

Oh, you’re sticking a dagger in me! I’ll never see my gold again. Eighty ducats in one shot! Eighty ducats!

TUBAL

95There came divers of Antonio’s creditors in my company to Venice that swear he cannot choose but break.

TUBAL

I came to Venice with a number of Antonio’s creditors who say he won’t be able to avoid going bankrupt.

SHYLOCK

I am very glad of it. I’ll plague him. I’ll torture him. I am glad of it.

SHYLOCK

I’m very glad about that. I’ll hound him. I’ll torture him. I’m very glad.

TUBAL

One of them showed me a ring that he had of your daughter for a monkey.

TUBAL

One creditor showed me a ring he got from your daughter in exchange for a monkey.

SHYLOCK

Out upon her! Thou torturest me, Tubal. It was my turquoise. I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor. I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.

SHYLOCK

Damn her! You’re torturing me, Tubal. That was my turquoise ring! Leah gave it to me before we were married. I wouldn’t have given it away for a whole jungle of monkeys.