The Merchant of Venice

by: William Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 3

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Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK
BASSANIO and SHYLOCK enter.

SHYLOCK

Three thousand ducats, well.

SHYLOCK

Three thousand ducats, hmmm.

BASSANIO

Ay, sir, for three months.

BASSANIO

Yes, for three months.

SHYLOCK

For three months, well.

SHYLOCK

For three months, hmmm.

BASSANIO

For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.

BASSANIO

As I said before, Antonio will guarantee the loan. If I default, he’ll pay you.

SHYLOCK

5Antonio shall become bound, well.

SHYLOCK

Antonio will guarantee it, hmmm.

BASSANIO

May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer?

BASSANIO

Can you help me? What’s your answer?

SHYLOCK

Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio bound.

SHYLOCK

Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio will guarantee it.

BASSANIO

10Your answer to that?

BASSANIO

Your answer?

SHYLOCK

Antonio is a good man.

SHYLOCK

Antonio’s a good man.

BASSANIO

Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?

BASSANIO

Have you heard anything to the contrary?

SHYLOCK

Ho, no, no, no, no. My meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient. Yet his means are in supposition. He hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies. I understand moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, and other ventures he hath squandered abroad.

SHYLOCK

What? No, no, no, no. What I meant in saying he’s a good man is that he has enough money to guarantee the loan. But his investments are uncertain right now. He has one ship bound for Tripoli, another heading for the Indies. What’s more, people at the

Rialto

The Rialto is the business district of Venice, where the merchants meet.

Rialto
tell me he has a third ship in Mexico, and a fourth in England, as well as other business ventures throughout the world.