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BASSANIO

You shall not seal to such a bond for me!
I’ll rather dwell in my necessity.

BASSANIO

No, you can’t sign a contract like that for me! I’d rather go without the money.

ANTONIO

Why, fear not, man. I will not forfeit it.
155Within these two months—that’s a month before
This bond expires—I do expect return
Of thrice three times the value of this bond.

ANTONIO

Don’t worry about it, man, I won’t have to pay any penalty. In two months—a month before this loan is due—I expect to earn more than three times that much from my investments.

SHYLOCK

O Father Abram, what these Christians are,
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
160The thoughts of others!—Pray you, tell me this:
If he should break his day, what should I gain
By the exaction of the forfeiture?
A pound of man’s flesh taken from a man
Is not so estimable, profitable neither,
165As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say,
To buy his favor I extend this friendship.
If he will take it, so. If not, adieu.
And for my love I pray you wrong me not.

SHYLOCK

Oh father Abraham, what kind of people are these Christians? Their own meanness teaches them to suspect other people!—Please tell me this. If he fails to repay me by the deadline, what would I get out of such a penalty? A pound of human flesh taken isn’t even as valuable as a pound of mutton or beef. I’m just offering this as a favor to a friend. If he agrees, great. If not, goodbye. And I hope you won’t think badly of me.

ANTONIO

Yes, Shylock, I will seal unto this bond.

ANTONIO

Yes, Shylock, I’ll sign the contract and agree to its terms.

SHYLOCK

170Then meet me forthwith at the notary’s.
Give him direction for this merry bond,
And I will go and purse the ducats straight,
See to my house left in the fearful guard
Of an unthrifty knave, and presently
175I will be with you.

SHYLOCK

Then meet me right away at the notary’s. Give him the instructions for our amusing little contract, and I’ll go get the money for you right away. I need to check in at home first, because one of my careless servants is in charge right now. I’ll see you soon.

ANTONIO

Hie thee, gentle Jew.

ANTONIO

Hurry up, my Jewish friend.
Exit SHYLOCK
SHYLOCK exits.
The Hebrew will turn Christian. He grows kind.
He’s so kind you’d think the Jew is turning Christian.