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Come, Nerissa. Sirrah, go before. Whiles we shut the gates upon one
wooer, another knocks at the door. [Exeunt. Scene III. Venice. A
public place." Enter Bassanio and Shtlock. Shy. Three thousand
ducats0; well. Bass. Ay, sir, for three months. Shy. For three
months; well. Bass. For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be
bound. Shy. Antonio shall become bound; well. Bass. May you0 stead
me ? will you pleasure me ? shall I know your answer ? Shy. Three
thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio bound. M Bass. Your
answer to that. Shy. Antonio is a good0 man. .Bass. Have you heard
any imputation to the contrary ? Shy. Ho, no, no, no, no: my
meaning, in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me,
that he is sufficient. Yet his means are in supposition: he hath an
argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand,
moreover, upon the Rialto,0 he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for
England, andac other ventures he hath, squandered0 abroad. But
ships are but boards, sailors but men: there be land- rats and
water-rats, water-thieves and lanl-thieves, I mean pirates; and
then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The man is,
notwithstanding, sufficient. Three thousand ducats; I think I may
take his bond. Bass. Be assured you may. Shy. I will be assured0 I
may; and, that I may be assured, I will bethink me. May I speak
with Antonio ? 3 Bass. If it please you to dine with us. Shy. Yes,
to smell pork; to eat of the habitation which your prophet the
Nazarite0 conjured the devil into.0 I will buy with you, sell with
you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will
not. eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. What news on
the Rialto ? Who is he comes here ? Enter Antonio. Bas...
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