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" 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... "
The Merchant of Venice - Page 55
by William Shakespeare - 1914 - 331 pages
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Shakespeare, Contemporary Critical Approaches

Harry Raphael Garvin, Michael Payne - Literary Criticism - 1980 - 187 pages
...Shylock even suggests at one point that this particular piece of meat is significantly overprices: "A pound of man's flesh taken from a man / Is not...profitable neither / As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats" (1.3.161-63). Shylock's determination to see Antonio as nothing more than "meat on the hoof also lends...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 40

1836
...dog money ? Is it possible a cur can lend three thousand ducats?' The irony of the assurance that ' a pound of man's flesh taken from a man, ' Is not...profitable, neither As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats; ' his unbounded insolence, even in presence of the Doge, when he goes on enumerating, with studied...
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Shakespeare & the Denial of Death

James L. Calderwood - Drama - 1987 - 233 pages
...socio-economics of money-lending by exposing their “lower” cannibalistic intent. He blandly acknowledges that A pound of man's flesh taken from a man Is not so...profitable neither, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats (1.3) but to seal his bond he will dine both with and upon Antonio and Bassanio: “But yet I'll go...
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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare, Alan Durband - Juvenile Nonfiction - 1984 - 236 pages
...own hard dealing teaches them suspect The thoughts of others. Pray you, tell me this — 160 If he should break his day, what should I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture? Rather, lend it to your enemy. If he fails to pay, you can more decently impose the penalty. Shylock...
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Shakespeare's Pluralistic Concepts of Character: A Study in Dramatic Anamorphism

Imtiaz H. Habib - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 257 pages
...property would have been a more appropriate trap to propose than the pound-of-flesh one he does propose: what should I gain By the exaction of the forfeiture?...profitable neither As flesh of muttons, beefs or goats. (1. 3. 163-67) Though retrospectively, we nonetheless tend to feel that for the racially disadvantage*!...
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Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophic Economies from the ...

Marc Shell - Business & Economics - 1993 - 245 pages
...commercial ventures, and Shylock allays the Christians' fears of danger by insisting that to a Jew "a pound of man's flesh taken from a man is not so...profitable neither, / As flesh of muttons, beefs or goats" 18. John Comyns, A Digest of the Laws of England, 8 vols. (New York, 1824-26), 8:846. A pecuniary penalty...
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Tales from Shakespeare

Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb - Fiction - 1994 - 304 pages
...hard dealings teach them to suspect the thoughts of others. I pray you tell me this, Bassanio: if he should break his day, what should I gain by the exaction...man's flesh, taken from a man, is not so estimable, nor profitable neither, as the flesh of mutton or beef. I say, to buy his favour I offer this friendship:...
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The Yoke of Love: Prophetic Riddles in The Merchant of Venice

Avraham Oz - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 253 pages
...suggests (whether genuinely or cunningly one does not know), there is no material gain for him in exacting the forfeiture: A pound of man's flesh taken from...profitable neither As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. (1.3.161-63) Hence the execution of Shylock's threat must be public and ceremonial, since it is not...
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Shakespeare Among the Moderns

Richard Halpern - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 294 pages
...bond" with Antonio. He would never actually try to collect his pound of flesh, insists Shylock, since A pound of man's flesh taken from a man Is not so...profitable neither, As flesh of muttons, beefs, or goats. (1.3.165-67) But in fact Antonio's flesh is for Shylock what the sheep were to Jacob—a source of...
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Italian Studies in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Michele Marrapodi, Giorgio Melchiori - Drama - 1999 - 299 pages
...recalls and repeats the ambiguous dealings of the original contract. —Act 1, scene 3, lines 161-163: "A pound of man's flesh taken from a man / is not...profitable neither / as flesh of muttons, beefs or goats." These lines clearly foreground Shylock's attempt to debase his rival, by unfavorably comparing him...
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