The Merchant of Venice

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Shylock the Jew and Solanio and Antonio and

the Gaoler


Gaoler, look to him. Tell not me of mercy.

This is the fool that lent out money gratis.
gratis (adv.) for nothing, without payment

Gaoler, look to him.


                         Hear me yet, good 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,
wonder (v.) 1 marvel [at], be astonished [at]

Thou naughty gaoler, that thou art so fond
fond (adj.) 1 foolish, stupid, mad
naughty (adj.) 1 wicked, evil, vile

To come abroad with him at his request.
abroad (adv.) 3 away from home, out of the house


I pray thee, hear me speak.


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,
dull-eyed lacking insight, easily deceived
soft (adj.) 3 weak, faint, soft-hearted

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

To Christian intercessors. Follow not.

I'll have no speaking, I will have my bond.



It is the most impenetrable cur

That ever kept with men.
keep (v.) 1 lodge, live, dwell


                         Let him alone.

I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers.
bootless (adj.) useless, worthless, fruitless, unavailing

He seeks my life. His reason well I know:

I oft delivered from his forfeitures
deliver (v.) 3 free, release, liberate
forfeiture (n.) forfeit, penalty
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

Many that have at times made moan to me.
moan (n.) 1 grief, lamentation, sorrow, complaint

Therefore he hates me.


                         I am sure the Duke

Will never grant this forfeiture to hold.


The Duke cannot deny the course of law,
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
deny (v.) 1 refuse, rebuff, reject

For the commodity that strangers have
commodity (n.) 2 asset, advantage, benefit
stranger (n.) foreigner, alien, outsider

With us in Venice, if it be denied,

Will much impeach the justice of the state,
impeach (v.) 2 discredit, disparage, call into question

Since that the trade and profit of the city

Consisteth of all nations. Therefore go.

These griefs and losses have so bated me
bate (v.) 5 lose weight, diminish in size

That I shall hardly spare a pound of flesh

Tomorrow to my bloody creditor.
bloody (adj.) 1 blood-thirsty, warlike, ferocious

Well, Gaoler, on. Pray Bassanio come

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


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