• Enter BASSANIO and SHYLOCK

    SHYLOCK

    Three thousand ducats, well.

    BASSANIO

    Ay, sir, for three months.

    SHYLOCK

    For three months, well.

    BASSANIO

    For the which, as I told you, Antonio shall be bound.

    SHYLOCK

    5Antonio shall become bound, well.

    BASSANIO

    May you stead me? Will you pleasure me? Shall I know your answer?

    SHYLOCK

    Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio bound.

    BASSANIO

    10Your answer to that?

    SHYLOCK

    Antonio is a good man.

    BASSANIO

    Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?

    SHYLOCK

    Ho, no, no, no, no. My meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient. Yet his means are in supposition. He hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies. I understand moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England, and other ventures he hath squandered abroad.
  • BASSANIO and SHYLOCK enter.

    SHYLOCK

    Three thousand ducats, hmmm.

    BASSANIO

    Yes, for three months.

    SHYLOCK

    For three months, hmmm.

    BASSANIO

    As I said before, Antonio will guarantee the loan. If I default, he’ll pay you.

    SHYLOCK

    Antonio will guarantee it, hmmm.

    BASSANIO

    Can you help me? What’s your answer?

    SHYLOCK

    Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio will guarantee it.

    BASSANIO

    Your answer?

    SHYLOCK

    Antonio’s a good man.

    BASSANIO

    Have you heard anything to the contrary?

    SHYLOCK

    What? No, no, no, no. What I meant in saying he’s a good man is that he has enough money to guarantee the loan. But his investments are uncertain right now. He has one ship bound for Tripoli, another heading for the Indies. What’s more, people at the Rialto tell me he has a third ship in Mexico, and a fourth in England, as well as other business ventures throughout the world.

    Rialto

    The Rialto is the business district of Venice, where the merchants meet.