William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene III

Scene III

Venice. A street

Enter Shylock, Salarino, Antonio, and Gaoler

Shylock

Gaoler, look to him: tell not me of mercy; This is the fool that lent out money gratis: Gaoler, look to him.

Antonio

Hear me yet, good Shylock.

Shylock

I'll have my bond; speak not against my bond: I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond. Thou call'dst me dog before thou hadst a cause; But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs: The duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder, Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond To come abroad with him at his request.

Antonio

I pray thee, hear me speak.

Shylock

I'll have my bond; I will not hear thee speak: I'll have my bond; and therefore speak no more. I'll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool, To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield To Christian intercessors. Follow not; I'll have no speaking: I will have my bond.

Exit

Salarino

It is the most impenetrable cur That ever kept with men.

Antonio

Let him alone: I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers. He seeks my life; his reason well I know: I oft deliver'd from his forfeitures Many that have at times made moan to me; Therefore he hates me.

Salarino

I am sure the duke Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.

Antonio

The duke cannot deny the course of law: For the commodity that strangers have With us in Venice, if it be denied, Will much impeach the justice of his state; Since that the trade and profit of the city Consisteth of all nations. Therefore, go: These griefs and losses have so bated me, That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh To-morrow to my bloody creditor. Well, gaoler, on. Pray God, Bassanio come To see me pay his debt, and then I care not!

Exeunt