Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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3.3Sc. 15

Enter Shylock the Jew, Solanio, Antonio, and the Jailer

shylock the jew Jailer, look to him. Tell not me of mercy.

2This is the fool that lent out money gratis.

Editor’s Note3Jailer, look to him.

antonio Hear me yet, good Shylock.


shylock the jew I'll have my bond. Speak not against my bond;

5I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond.

6Thou called'st me dog before thou hadst a cause,

7But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.

8The Duke shall grant me justice. I do wonder,

Editor’s Note9Thou naughty jailer, that thou art so fond

10To come abroad with him at his request.


antonio I pray thee hear me speak.


shylock the jew I'll have my bond. I will not hear thee speak.

13I'll have my bond, and therefore speak no more.

Editor’s Note14I'll not be made a soft and dull-eyed fool

15To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield

16To Christian intercessors. Follow not.

17I'll have no speaking; I will have my bond.

Exit Shylock the Jew

solanio It is the most impenetrable cur

Editor’s Note19That ever kept with men.

antonio Let him alone,

pg 1250Editor’s Note20I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.

Link 21He seeks my life. His reason well I know:

Editor’s Note22I oft delivered from his forfeitures

23Many that have at times made moan to me.

24Therefore he hates me.

solanio I am sure the Duke

25Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.

Editor’s Note26

antonio The Duke cannot deny the course of law,

Editor’s Note27For the commodity that strangers have

28With us in Venice, if it be denied,

29Will much impeach the justice of the state,

Editor’s Note30Since that the trade and profit of the city

31Consisteth of all nations. Therefore go.

Editor’s Note32These griefs and losses have so bated me

33That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh

34Tomorrow to my bloody creditor.

35Well, jailer, on. Pray God Bassanio come

36To see me pay his debt, and then I care not.


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3.3.3 good Shylock Antonio may seem particularly disingenuous in now addressing Shylock in this courteous manner. (Solanio may remain openly contemptuous towards him.)
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3.3.9 naughty wicked, good-for-nothing
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3.3.9 fond indulgent, foolish
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3.3.14 dull-eyed (i.e. easily duped)
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3.3.19 kept dwelt, associated
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3.3.20 bootless fruitless
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3.3.22 delivered saved
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3.3.26 deny prevent
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3.3.27 commodity commercial privileges
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3.3.27 strangers non-Venetians
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3.3.30 Since that since
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3.3.32 bated reduced
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