Antonio, Shylock, Bassanio
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”