... The merchant of Venice

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Duffield and company, 1908 - Jews - 82 pages
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is centered around a Christian named Antonio. At the beginning of the drama, Antonio is depressed due to an unknown cause; he says, “I hold the world but ... Read full review

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TMOV was the play that really helped me begin to "get" Shakespeare. Because the story is so simple, I had more time to focus on the language, and to use an OED to look up the nuanced meaning of words ... Read full review

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Page 62 - Nay, take my life and all ; pardon not that : You take my house, when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house ; you take my life, When you do take the means whereby I live.
Page 52 - It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes: 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown ; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings ; But mercy is above this sceptred sway ; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice.
Page 61 - Tarry, Jew; The law hath yet another hold on you. It is enacted in the laws of Venice, — If it be proved against an alien, That by direct or indirect attempts He seek the life of any citizen...
Page 69 - Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. Sit, Jessica. Look, how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold; There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins: Such harmony is in immortal souls; But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it. Enter Musicians. Come, ho! and...
Page 36 - Tell me, where is fancy bred, Or in the heart, or in the head ? How begot, how nourished ? Reply, reply. It is engender'd in the eyes, With gazing fed ; and fancy dies In the cradle where it lies. Let us all ring fancy's knell ; I'll begin it, — Ding, dong, bell.
Page 12 - For sufferance is the badge of all our tribe. You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine, And all for use of that which is mine own. Well then, it now appears you need my help : Go to, then ; you come to me, and you say ' Shylock, we would have moneys...
Page 54 - I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er, On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart: If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority : To do a great right do a little wrong; And curb this cruel devil of his will. POR. It must not be; there is no power in Venice Can alter a decree established: 'T will be recorded for a precedent; And many an error, by the same example, Will rush into the state: it cannot be.
Page 52 - The quality of mercy is not strain'd ; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath ; it is twice bless'd ; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes ; 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest ; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown.
Page 68 - That light we see is burning in my hall. How far that little candle throws his beams ! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Page 13 - Shylock, we would have moneys': — you say so; You, that did void your rheum upon my beard. And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur Over your threshold: moneys is your suit. What should I say to you? Should I not say, 'Hath a dog money? is it possible A cur can lend three thousand ducats?

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