The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter the DUKE, the magnificoes, ANTONIO, BASSANIO, GRATIANO, SALERIO, and others
The

DUKE

The magnificoes are the wealthiest and most important noblemen of Venice, apart from the Duke

DUKE
, the magnificoes, ANTONIO, BASSANIO, GRATIANO, SALERIO, and attendants all enter.

DUKE

What, is Antonio here?

DUKE

Is Antonio here?

ANTONIO

Ready, so please your grace.

ANTONIO

Yes, sir, I’m here.

DUKE

I am sorry for thee. Thou art come to answer
A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
5Uncapable of pity, void and empty
From any dram of mercy.

DUKE

I feel sorry for you. You’ve come to face a ruthless enemy, an inhuman wretch incapable of pity, without any feelings of mercy.

ANTONIO

    I have heard
Your grace hath ta'en great pains to qualify
His rigorous course. But since he stands obdurate
And that no lawful means can carry me
10Out of his envy’s reach, I do oppose
My patience to his fury, and am armed
To suffer with a quietness of spirit
The very tyranny and rage of his.

ANTONIO

They tell me you’ve done everything you can to talk him out of what he’s doing. But since he remains stubborn, and there’s no legal way to protect me from his malice, I’ll just have to take what he’ll give me. I’m ready to suffer peacefully whatever he does to me in his cruelty and anger.

DUKE

Go, one, and call the Jew into the court.

DUKE

One of you go call the Jew into court here.

SALERIO

15He is ready at the door. He comes, my lord.

SALERIO

He’s standing ready outside the door. Here he comes, my lord.
Enter SHYLOCK
SHYLOCK enters.