Merchant of Venice – The sealing of the bond – Quotations

1. “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 does this show: Shylock is very separate to the Christians; despite this, he will still trade with the Christians.

2. “How like a fawning publican he looks.
I hate him for he is a Christian.”

What does this show: Shylock has no respect for Antonio, nor his religion.

3. “If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.”
What does this show: Shylock wants to get an advantage over Antonio and the Christians. He wants revenge.

4. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose”
What does this show: Anyone can use a Bible to prove a point.

5. “You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,
And spit upon my Jewish gabardine,”
This shows: the Christians have no respect for the Jews – they treat them badly.

6. “Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Your single bond, and in a merry sport”
This shows: He needs the bond to be legal. He is making light of the bond.

7. “ what should I gain
By the exaction of the forfeiture?”
This shows: Shylock wants Antonio to sign, so he pretends the bond is worthless to him.

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