That's certain, if the devil may be her judge.
My own flesh and blood to rebel!
Out upon it, old carrion! rebels it at these years?
I say, my daughter is my flesh and blood.
There is more difference between thy flesh and hers
than between jet and ivory; more between your bloods
there is between red wine and rhenish. But
tell us, do you hear whether Antonio have had any
sea or no?
There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, a
prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the
beggar, that was used to come so smug upon
the mart; let him look to his bond: he was wont to
usurer; let him look to his bond: he was
wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy; let him
look to his
Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take
his flesh: what's that good for?
To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
me half a million; laughed at my losses,
mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
cooled my friends, heated mine
enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath
not a Jew eyes? hath
not a Jew hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
the same food, hurt with the
same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the
same winter and summer, as
a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
if you tickle us, do we not
laugh? if you poison
us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
revenge? If we are like you
in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
what is his humility? Revenge. If a
wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
will better the instruction.
Enter a Servant
Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house and
desires to speak with you both.
We have been up and down to seek him.
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