The Merchant of Venice

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The John C. Winston Company, 1914 - Jews - 331 pages
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I love Shakespeare's writing. - Goodreads
I found the script very hard to read the first time. - Goodreads
Smart and witty and it does not have a gloomy ending. - Goodreads
The portrayal of Jews back then was harsh! - Goodreads
It has a great context but plot is not strong. - Goodreads
it gives out the best advice - Goodreads

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User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

This is where it hits home how ridiculous star ratings are. Is the YA book I loved really better writing than The Merchant of Venice? Probably not. But did I like it better? Definitely. Of course the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anne Marie - Goodreads

I loved the writing, but I disliked the characters. It was very well-written, but simply wasn't for me. Read full review

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Page 117 - Nerissa. Silence bestows that virtue on it, madam. Portia. The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark When neither is attended; and I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day, When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren. \ How many things by season season'd are
Page 117 - no music in himself, Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.—Mark the music. Enter PORTIA
Page 114 - lay that night. Jessica. In such a night, Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew, And saw the lion's shadow ere himself, And ran dismay'd away. Lorenzo. In such a night, Stood Dido with a willow in her hand Upon the wild sea-banks, and waft her love To come again to Carthage.
Page 47 - Portia. Good sentences, and well pronounced. Nerissa. They would be better if well followed. 10 Portia. If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be
Page 55 - should break his day, what should I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture? A pound of man's flesh, taken from a man, Is not so estimable, profitable neither, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. I say, To buy his favour, I extend this friendship: If he will take it, so ; if not, adieu
Page 108 - Portia. Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh. Shed thou no blood; nor cut thou less nor more But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak'st more Or less than a just pound, be it but so much As makes it light or heavy in the substance, Or the division of the twentieth part
Page 53 - is a good round sum. Three months from twelve, — then, let me see the rate. Antonio. Well, Shylock, shall we be beholding to you ? Shylock. Signior Antonio, many a time and oft, In the Rialto, you have rated me About my moneys and my usances ; Still have
Page 85 - Therefore, thou gaudy gold, Hard food for Midas, I will none of thee ; Nor none of thee, thou pale and common drudge 'Tween man and man : but thou, thou meagre lead, Which rather threatenest than dost promise aught, Thy plainness moves me more than eloquence; And here choose I. Joy be the consequence! The
Page 75 - 40 Were not deriv'd corruptly, and that clear honour Were purchas'd by the merit of the wearer! How many then should cover that stand bare ! How many be commanded that command! How much low peasantry would then be glean'd From the true seed of honour; and how much
Page 101 - would not draw them ; I would have my bond. Duke. How shalt thou hope for mercy, rendering none ? Shylock. What judgment Shall I dread, doing no wrong? You have among you many a purchas'd slave^ Which, like your asses and your dogs and mules,' You use in abject and in slavish parts; Because you bought them : shall I say

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