The Comedy of the Merchant of Venice, Together with the Prose Narrative of the Play from Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, with Notes

The Comedy of the Merchant of Venice, Together with the Prose Narrative of the Play from Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, with Notes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... cut'st more Or less than a just pound, lie it but so much Aa makes it light or heavy in the substance, Or the division of the twentieth part 325 Of one poor scruple, nay, if the scale do turn But in the estimation of a hair, Thou diest and all thy goods are confiscate. Gra. A second Daniel, a Daniel, Jew! Now, infidel, I have you on the hip. 330 Por. Why doth the Jew pause? take thy forfeiture. Shy. Give me my principal, and let me go. Bass. I have it ready for thee; here it is. Por. He hath refused it in the open court: He shall have merely justice and his bond. 335 Gra. A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! I thank thee, Jew, for teaching me that word. Sliy. Shall I not have barely my principal? Por. Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be so taken at thy peril, Jew. 340 Shy. Why, then the devil give him good of it! I'll stay no longer question. Por. Tarry, Jew: The law hath yet another hold on you. It is enacted in the laws of Venice, If it be proved against an alien 345 That by direct or indirect attempts He seek the life of any citizen, The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive Shall seize one half his goods; the other half Comes to the privy coffer of the state; 350 And the offender's life lies in the mercy Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice. In which predicament, I say, thou stand'st; For it appears, by manifest proceeding, That indirectly and directly too 355 Thou hast contrived against the very life Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr'd The danger formerly by me rehearsed. Down therefore and beg mercy of the duke. Gra. Beg that thou mayst have leave to hang thyself: 360 And yet, thy wealth being forfeit to the state, Thou hast not left the value of a cord; Therefore thou must be haug'd at the state's...show more

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  • 9781236877567