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1.ducats: gold coins. My estimate is that 3000 ducats was the tantamount of at least 750 English pounds. For functions of comparikid, Shakespeare bought New Place in Stratford, a house via ten firelocations, 2 barns and also an orctough, for £60.

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1Three thousand also ducats; well.BASSANIO2Ay, sir, for 3 months.SHYLOCK3For three months; well.BASSANIO4For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall5be bound.SHYLOCK6Antonio shall come to be bound; well.BASSANIO
7May you stead me? will certainly you pleasure me? shall I8recognize your answer?SHYLOCK9Three thousand ducats for 3 months and10Antonio bound.BASSANIO11Your answer to that.SHYLOCK
12Antonio is an excellent man.BASSANIO13Have you heard any type of imputation to the14contrary?SHYLOCK15Oh, no, no, no, no: my definition in saying he is a16great guy is to have actually you understand also me that he is
17.sufficient: i.e., a good security. in supposition: unconvinced, uncertain; i.e., not definitely in visibility.
17enough. Yet his means are in supposition: he18hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, an additional to the
19Indies; I understand also moreover, upon the Rialto, he20hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, and
21various other endeavors he hath, squand"red awide. But ships22are yet boards, sailors but men: tright here be land-rats23and water-rats, water-thieves and also land-thieves, I24expect pirates, and also then tright here is the risk of waters,25winds and also rocks. The man is, notwithstanding,26adequate. Three thousand ducats; I think I may27take his bond.BASSANIO28Be assured you may.SHYLOCK
29.assur"d: certain, satisfied (however Shylock takes it up in the sense "guaranteed by enough security").
29I will be assured I may; and also, that I may be assur"d,30I will bethink me. May I speak with31Antonio?BASSANIO32If it please you to dine with us.

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SHYLOCK
33‑37.Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite . . . pray via you: Perhaps these lines are spoken aside while Shylock "bethinks him" (watch line 30). 34.Nazarite: Nazarene. (For the referral to Christ"s casting evil spirits into a herd of swine, check out Luke 8:32‑33 and Mark 5:1‑13).
33Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which34your prophet the Nazarite conjured the evil one into. I35will certainly buy through you, market via you, talk via you,36walk with you, and also so complying with, however I will certainly not eat37through you, drink through you, nor pray with you. What38news on the Rialto? Who is he comes39here?
41.fawning publican: This is a puzzling phrase. 42.for: bereason. 43.low simplicity: Stupid honesty? . . . more
41How like a fawning publideserve to he looks!42I hate him for he is a Christian,43But more for that in low simplicity44He lends out money gratis and also brings down