The Merchant of Venice: Act 1.3

Antonio, Shylock, Bassanio

The gist
Shylock agrees to lend Antonio three-thousand ducats. This is surprising because the Christians have treated him so badly. As a “sport” Antonio agrees that the forfeit for not repaying will be “a pound of flesh” cut from his body.


“You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, and spit upon my Jewish gabardine”
“let the forfeit be nominated for an equal pound of your fair flesh”

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